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Old 08-26-07, 06:05 AM   #1
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Whats the first thing you would swap out on this bike. *Specs*

2006 Iron Horse Azure Comp

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Frame - 3.5" TRAVEL dw-link XC RACE FRAME, 1-1/8" ZEROSTACK HEADTUBE, REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGER
Rear Shock - FOX FLOAT R AIR, 6.5"X1.5"
Fork - ROCK SHOX REBA SL, 100MM TRAVEL
Handle Bar - RITCHEY COMP RISER, 31.8MM CLAMP
Stem - RITCHEY COMP V2, 31.8MM CLAMP
Headset - FSA ORBIT Z, ZERO STACK
BB - TRUVATIV GIGAX
Crank - TRUVATIV FIREX TEAM GIGAX
Rings - 44/32/22T ALLOY
Pedals - CRANK BROS CANDY C CLIPLESS
Chain - SRAM PC-951 W/ POWERLINK
Saddle - WTB ROCKET V COMP
Seatpost - RITCHEY
Front Hub - ALLOY DISC, 32H
Rear Hub - ALLOY DISC, 32H
Front Derailleur - SHIMANO DEORE
Rear Derailleur - SHIMANO DEORE XT
Shifter - SHIMANO DEORE RAPIDFIRE
Cassette - SRAM PG-970, 11/34T, 9 SPEED
Brakes - AVID BB5 MECHANICAL W/ 6" ROTOR
Brake Lever - AVID FR5
Rim - WTB SPEED DISC
Spoke - 14/15G DB STAINLESS BLACK
Tires - WTB EXIWOLF 2.1/1.95 W/ DNA CASING

This bike is good but heavy in the rear. I want to take a chunk of weight off the rear if possible. Tires seem to really matter becuase swapping them out among the ones I have here makes a big difference, but maybe there is a better way based on what you see here.

Thanks

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Old 08-26-07, 06:13 AM   #2
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I think you should change the rider, you could just ship it to me.
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Old 08-26-07, 06:47 AM   #3
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Oh very funny. Look Im loving this bike, just not used to the heavier tail end comming from a Hardtail.
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Old 08-26-07, 08:20 AM   #4
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Probably the hubs, the weakest point i can find, if you really must spend money on it.
Seems pretty schweet already.
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Old 08-26-07, 09:56 AM   #5
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Hmm you are right for some reason I glazed over them. But how would I replace them anyways thats alot of work isnt it?
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Old 08-26-07, 10:44 AM   #6
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New hubs followed by new shifters. It's likely more cost-effective to sell the wheelset and buy a new one than to de-lace and re-lace the wheels. Change your shifters to something decent [XT or X-9] after they break.
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Old 08-26-07, 12:57 PM   #7
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Why are you upgrading? You haven't even worn out the stock tires yet.

As for the heavy rear end, blame the frame.
Yeah I was thinking that too. If you're asking us, it means you don't really notice anything wrong with it (or at least you haven't mentioned it). Don't upgrade just for the sake of having more expensive components. Rock it until you feel like there's a deficiency in one of the components, then upgrade. And of course, upgrade when you break thing.
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Old 08-27-07, 12:34 AM   #8
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New hubs followed by new shifters. It's likely more cost-effective to sell the wheelset and buy a new one than to de-lace and re-lace the wheels. Change your shifters to something decent [XT or X-9] after they break.
Course, changing to X-9 SRAM shifters would mean a new rear derailleur as well....
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the brakes to bb7s, or something hydraulic. juicys, or ...uh, is there anything else?
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You are going to wear out/break stuff all the time. I would suggest replacing components with lighter/better stuff when this happens. You're not going to be able to take out giant chunks of weight, but you'll slim down over time!

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Upgrade the engine.
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get some sexy salsa skewers
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Whatever breaks / wears out first.
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ti spokes would be stellar.

or maybe you could replace the REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGER with another REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGER.

Edit : I re read your *specs* . It indicates you have a Zero Stack Headset. I would say you should upgrade to a 3 or maybe 4 stack headset. You are not going anywhere with Zero Stacks.

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in this order:

tires
hubs
chain

powerlink os great, but its only good if your someone who needs to remove their chain all the time. just carry a chain break on your ride.

but as they say above, do it when something breaks. but remember to check your bike before every ride (or long ones atleast) just a five or ten min check to make sure everything is tight and working well. last thing you want to do is be on the trail and something breaks. especially since it always breaks at the furthest part of the trail from any where
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Wait until something breaks or it starts to bug you and start from there. No reason to upgrade; your component set isn't bad at all.

but if you're into blowing money, start with your wheelset.
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ti spokes would be stellar.

or maybe you could replace the REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGER with another REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGER.

Edit : I re read your *specs* . It indicates you have a Zero Stack Headset. I would say you should upgrade to a 3 or maybe 4 stack headset. You are not going anywhere with Zero Stacks.
Awesome advice

Maybe remove the saddle and seatpost. That can save you at least 500g.
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