Build this up, or start all over?
Here's one for you. I've been out of the bike tech loop for about 6-10 years now, and heres what I'm currently riding. Weighs about 29 pounds.
Shimano Deore LX
Dia Compe Power Control 7 EXA
Manitou Pro A (I think)
Sun Rims Rhyno Lite
Pro Components Bar and stem
Now, with all the new tech that I'm in the dark about, can I update this bike for $500-800 or should I look at something used/new for $800-$1000? I have zero full suspension experience, as hard tail has always suited me fine. And I have beat the absolute crap out of this bike and it keeps on going (although its starting to creak a lot).
I'd like to shave off some weight (keep the bashring though), and get a longer travel fork of some kind. Keep the pedals too.
I use this bike for cross country, downhill, urban riding, and commuting.
Last edited by cornholio; 04-01-07 at 06:31 AM.
i would say buy a new bike
Ya kinda need to be specific about this part. When I think "urban riding" I think about someone jumping off 8 foot staircases and doing wall rides. Same misconception about downhill...I mean anyone can ride down a hill, but when I think about a downhill bike I picture something around 40lbs that has 10" of travel.
Originally Posted by cornholio
For the "all around" riding that you do...you could get a very nice NEW bike.
Specialized Rockhopper Pro disc
Jamis Durango Sport
Jamis Dakar XLT
Giant Trance 3
There are many others to look at but at the $1000 pricerange, a hardtail is probably better. You could also keep an eye on ebay for a used "like new" dual suspension ride, not that you require that.
Definately check out the new technology though.
keep those frogs - great pedals IMHO
Things haven't changed "radically" in the last 6-10 years, but there have been some incredible improvements.
Shimano vs. SRAM drivetrains. Most will say that SRAM is better, but I prefer Shimano. BTW, STX has been removed from the Shimano lineup and replaced with Deore.
Deore is somewhat comparable to SRAM SX-5
Shimano LX - SRAM X.7
XT - X.9
XTR - X.0
So in your pricerange, you will find a smattering of LX, XT, X.7, X.9 components. If you buy a new bike, you will have to lose the Girvin Rock Ring. You can buy a bash guard to replace your big ring, but I don't think you can run both together anymore. The bolt pattern is different, so your rock ring won't fit new cranksets. I think the idea behind it is most people who ride slow technical riding need a bash guard. Those who do alot of big ring riding don't use the bash guard all that much. You can also go with a 24 or 26 granny with a 36 or 38t middle ring with a bash guard...this will essentially get you pretty close to the same top end gear ratio, but you still just run two rings.
Thanks for the replies.
Urban riding -I'm more like 6' staircases if I'm feeling especially brave. This is usually just cruising around town, hopping on to and off of planters, stairs, tables..etc.
Probably scratch the downhill reference-thats inaccurate.
Thanks for the brand and model reccomendations.
And, its interesting that the rock ring is no longer compatible-I usually end up using the bash guard during the urban riding, but it comes in handy for hopping on large rocks/logs too.
It would work even better with a 24/36/bash ring. You would have more clearance.