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Old 06-15-06, 10:21 PM   #1
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Just want some suggestions for my bike

I've got a 2003 Jamis Exile XC Reynolds steel hardtail. It has Deore all around, Avid SD3 v brakes, a thomson elite seatpost, selle san marco seat, manitou axel elite fork, truvativ fireX crankset, platform pedals, and avid handlebar. I want to change some stuff on it but dont know where to start. Anyone have some suggestions?
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Old 06-15-06, 10:45 PM   #2
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Get a lighter frame
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Wheels, pedals, cranks, brakes.
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What is your objective and your preferred style of riding.

Making suggestions on lightening up your bike if you want to start dirt jumping doesn't make a lot of sense.

Tell us what you want to do, so we can give you a more informed answer.
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Why not just use it as is? When something breaks or gets worn out, upgrade.
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Why not just use it as is? When something breaks or gets worn out, upgrade.
I second this. If you're talking about normal stuff (derailleur, brake levers, etc.) just replace as they break. If you want to save weight, the first place that you can lose a lot of weight is by getting a new wheelset. This is obviously depending on what kind of wheelset you have and what style of riding you do.
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i want to lighten it up to do some cross country and singletrack riding ( just typical mountain stuff, no huge jumps or anything). The frame isn't that heavy and I dont want to replace it because I really like the way it rides.

I have a Mavic X139 Wheelset right now with WTB spokes
My bike weighs about 26lbs right now
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Yeah wheels and tires are the best way to save weight, not only are they one of the heaviest components on a bike, rotational weight loss means more than static weight loss.
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Yeah wheels and tires are the best way to save weight, not only are they one of the heaviest components on a bike, rotational weight loss means more than static weight loss.
I second this.


A place where manufacturers include generic items that can be junk or heavy or both are the cassette, bottom bracket and the headset. I wouldn't upgrade the cassette or the headset for the sake of upgrading. However, the bottom bracket can weigh a ton compared to an upper level one. Plus, you can always keep it as a spare. That and you can usually find a good deal on a decent one.

The FireEx cranks are decent, but you can shave some weight and get a stiffer crank with an upgrade in that area as well.

You've got a Thomson seatpost. It don't get much better than that!
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