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    upgrading my yukon

    I just purchased an 08 yukon. I am no pro rider, I haven't ridden in 7-8 years. I wanted to get back into the sport/hobby to be more fit, do something with the family, and I do miss riding a bike. Ever since I got my yukon, i've been obsessing about mountain biking a lot. I even created a post about this. I originally wanted to get something more high end, but I did not have the budget at the time. Right now My yukon isn't letting me down in any way. My obsessiveness how ever is making me want to get upgrades. So far the main upgrade I think I should get is a new fork. The suntour xcr 100mm that came with the bike feels like its just a spring. I dont bottom it out, but when I take jumps, when it extends, it extends too fast and makes a loud clack. It feels cheap and springy. When I looked for forks, I also looked at other upgrades. I figure I can slowly convert everything to deore XT. Basically casette, derailleurs, shifters, hydro disc's, and crank. After I added it all up, I'm looking at over 1000$. If I were to do all these upgrades, would I be waisting my money cause of the Yukon frame ? I plan to also make the bike light, I cannot find the weight specs on it, but can I turn this bike into a rather light weight ? Also having a lighter bike really makes much of a difference for the amateur rider?

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    Just ride it.

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    i am going to just ride my bike for now. but in the longer run, should i consider upgrading or is the 08 frame too heavy ornot strong enough?. For now i was just considering a trance x2. I guess cause i know my bike is a lower end giant compared to other models. I know i am a harder rider, but yet I havent seen any signs of myself killing my yukon just yet, maybe just the shock. I guess i want to know what im missing compared to the riders with higher end bikes.

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    if your bike cost less than say, 1500$CDN give or take, neeever upgrade it. seriously. your sinking money into reallly good parts that will be miles beyond any of the other parts on your bike. say you drop some mad cash for xt shifters and derailleurs... probably about 350$cdn, which is over half the price of your bike. it gonna work better, but your still are using a ****e chain and cassette and chainrings. so your shifting isnt gonna reeeally be at an xt level.
    and your wheels, brake, and cranks are still gonna suck ass, regardless of how good your framset is.

    save your $$$$ until you have a lot. then save some more. and when you are finally ready to kill yourself and cant stand riding your ****ing gawdamn POS anymore, then you go and spend all your cash and buy the bike that already has the xt **** on it, and a whole bunch of other sweet bits and a nicer frame to top it all off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zephyr16 View Post
    save your $$$$ until you have a lot. then save some more. and when you are finally ready to kill yourself and cant stand riding your ****ing gawdamn POS anymore, then you go and spend all your cash and buy the bike that already has the xt **** on it, and a whole bunch of other sweet bits and a nicer frame to top it all off.
    How old are you, about 12, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by macro View Post
    If I were to do all these upgrades, would I be waisting my money cause of the Yukon frame?
    Really it depends on what kind of riding you do but in my opinion, yes, you would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School View Post
    How old are you, about 12, eh?
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    zephyr16, I added up all new parts 08 XT casette, crank, deraileurs, shifters, disc brakes, a few extra lighter weight parts like handle bars and stem and seat post, wheels and a rock shox fork. It totalled to 1200$, this is outsourcing the XT components from ebay. Of course I wont be doing all upgrades overnight. In the end though, I get a full XT 08 bike better fork etc... for a total of 1700$ ( which includes original cost of bike). I cannot find anywhere a giant bike for that price with full XT and extra upgrades. I would like to know for a hard tail, is the 08 yukon frame good?

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    yeah...so you now have a new casette, crank, derailleurs, shifter, brakes, bars, stem seatpost, and fork. for 1700$ that actually doesnt sound crazy. but what calibre of wheels, bars, seatpost, fork are you looking at? have you considered any compatibility issues you are almost certainly going to have?

    im going to assume your getting all the stuff off the internet, and its all new. a new fork will run you at least, what 300$? at the VERY least. to get something nice from rockshox you're going to have to look at either their reba maybe recon line... which even off the internet looks like it will run you much closer to 400$. if i was you i would go and check out what it would cost to get a bike with a part spec similar to the one you are looking at getting.
    if i might suggest a couple: http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=33294
    or,http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=33094
    or,http://www.trekbikes.com/ca/en/bikes...8_series/8000/ but only in a better colour
    both of those specialized bikes are going to come with fox forks and some custom parts built for specialized(customish brake by avid and pedals by crankbros), which would be sweet.

    thats only a couple. there are lots of bikes out there that would satisfy your part spec demands.
    lets not forget you are also getting a completely new frame which will be miles and miles better than your old frame. lighter and more responsive, stiffer.

    (the reason you cant find a giant bike in that price range is because they are putting next to no effort into the xtc hardtail this year because they have a new frame coming out for 09 that is going to weigh 2.2lbs!? crazy ****...)

    you should also consider the added cost of putting this hypothetical bike together. shop rates arent cheap, and a bike build (especially one where you bought he parts on the internet) will run you easily 100$cdn...

    bottom line is that if you asked me, which you didnt, i would forget about putting a new bike together and save your cash until you can spring for the full deal. sell your yukon. im partial to the specialized stumpjumper, or even one of the cannondale bikes. right now though if you are looking for a hardtail, giant is not for you.

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    I would just upgrade the fork that would do alot for performance.. I wouldn't waste money on the drivetrain.. you could add discs if you don't have them... just ride the bike and quit looking at it.
    I only pedal uphill.

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    I was looking at that same bike recently. Instead I got the XTC, but I am in the process of upgrades for that as well still. It doesnt matter that I could have got something better all together if I would have spent more, that is the frame I wanted so I got that bike, besides that, there is nothing better for hardtails in the Giant line for XC. Even if you saved and got a new bike, I garauntee you that you will want to upgrade that bike as well. Bottom line, it is your bike, buy what you want for it. If you are going to enjoy it more and you dont care about spending the money, then do it. Buy the stuff and put it and go out and ride and have fun. I would at least suggest riding more first and deciding what you really want/need, besides the fork. Who knows, you may just end up taking another 7-8 year break again, but hopefully not

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    I will stick with riding the bike, and I do know the fork will be changed eventually. I also might change breaks, cause I felt a descent hydro setup and its way better then what I have now. The brakes will wait just like the components because now everything feels fine in that department. The fork though, I feel that they are cheapo, and dont reall feel too confortable taking jumps with it. I guess I will know I need something lighter / better when I get there. I still have no complaints over the bike except the front forks.

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