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    Got my first MTB, what should be my first upgrade?

    Hey all

    I just got my first mountain bike, a used 2006 Gary Fisher Advanced. I have not ridden a bike at all for 13 years, so im kind of learning to ride again. Anyway, the guy assured me the bike has only seen road cause thats the reason he bought it and road it for like 400 miles (I believe him). It even has road tires on. I road it around and felt comfortable and its the parfect size, all that is covered.

    So the questions is, beside changing wheels and tires, and learning to ride, what should be my first upgrade? I was thinking about the fork cause its an air shock RST Capa T6, 75mm travel. Or should I do something else? Im not saying that im going to do it right now but since budget is always tight I want to start saving.

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    This will sound like generic advise, and it is, but this is very much an entry level bike. Try to avoid upgrading it as much as possible, and ride as much as possible. If something breaks (and things will break) then upgrade or replace as needed.
    Items that will make a difference if you do decide to upgrade, and this is also generic advise but has been very true for me, are the things that touch the ground, or the things that you touch, seat, saddle, pedals, etc. Looking at the Bikepedia info, I would suggest new tires (obvious as you said they are slicks) and new pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTinDenver View Post
    This will sound like generic advise, and it is, but this is very much an entry level bike. Try to avoid upgrading it as much as possible, and ride as much as possible. If something breaks (and things will break) then upgrade or replace as needed.
    Items that will make a difference if you do decide to upgrade, and this is also generic advise but has been very true for me, are the things that touch the ground, or the things that you touch, seat, saddle, pedals, etc. Looking at the Bikepedia info, I would suggest new tires (obvious as you said they are slicks) and new pedals.
    But then I ask, is every bike, within a series, the same frame but different components? Say a Fuji Nevada 1.0 is same frame but much better components than the Nevada 3.0? I may very well be wrong, but that's the impression I got after reading these forums, that it would make a big difference if you go into the thousands that you can get a carbon frame, other than that is just components

    I appreciate your answer and I will follow your advice. I will beat the hell out of what I have and replace as needed.

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    I would examine the entire bike/rider combo; choose the one component that weighs the most; and upgrade that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlosjrf View Post
    But then I ask, is every bike, within a series, the same frame but different components? Say a Fuji Nevada 1.0 is same frame but much better components than the Nevada 3.0? I may very well be wrong, but that's the impression I got after reading these forums, that it would make a big difference if you go into the thousands that you can get a carbon frame, other than that is just components
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    Generally speaking, this is correct. And please don't get me wrong, with pretty much any entry level frame from a good manufacturer, of which GF (Trek) is certainly one, if you put a Fox or high end RS fork on it, and replace the wheels with Chris King hubbed wunderwheels, replace the drivetrain with all XTR or XO, etc... you will end up with a very sweet bike. You'll also end up spending far more money than you would have if you'd just kept the bike largely as you got it, and then saved your upgrade money for a complete bike later.
    I suppose you could make the analogy: Why spend money and time upgrading a Honda to perform like a Porsche when you can spend less money (albeit in one lump rather than spaced out over months\years) and just buy the Porsche. Some people just want a sick Honda I guess.

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    Like has been said by others, just put the appropriate tires on for the terrain you will be riding in (no need to replace the wheels). Just ride it and as you 'vibe' with the bike you will know of components of concern. What is somewhat typical is the saddle if it is unbearably uncomfortable, but then there is the quest for the perfect saddle that works with your butt. Dont bother with over concern about weight and swapping things out for lighter. Just ride and enjoy your bike and replace/upgrade as the need arises. These bikes if you are not careful can bleed you.

    The Honda analogy is perfect.

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    I would recommend getting clipless pedals and shoes, and a good saddle, all of which can carry over to a new bike. Replace other parts only as needed. Trying to replace components to upgrade will cost more than just buying a better bike with better components. After you've ridden for couple of years you'll know what needs to be upgraded for performance and durability reasons. Most likely if you really enjoy riding, you'll just get a newer, better bike.

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    All great suggestions, thank you very much, I will just get used to riding a bike again and see what I can find at my lbs.

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    Depends totally on budget my friend and if you want a total overhaul or just replace a few things. If the bike frame is sound and like new then I would look to fork; wheels; crank; FD & RD; cassette; saddle; and maybe brakes depennding if they are disc or V's as areas of interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTinDenver View Post
    ... things that touch the ground, or the things that you touch, seat, saddle, pedals, etc...
    You can tell who rides seriously and who doesn't by the type of advice they give.
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    Ride frequently enough to find what bugs you, or what gear would make life easier. Research. Buy.

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    Invest some time in setting up the bike for a proper fit to your dimensions. Then, invest in time on the trails. Chances are that you'll want to replace the tires to match your riding terrain. Invest in tools/supplies that will allow you to maintain the bike.
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    upgrade what breaks first.

    grips, seat and bars for comfort if need be, other than that, dont play around until something breaks
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    As others have said, ride. Replace things as they wear out/break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurnNotice View Post
    Depends totally on budget my friend and if you want a total overhaul or just replace a few things. If the bike frame is sound and like new then I would look to fork; wheels; crank; FD & RD; cassette; saddle; and maybe brakes depennding if they are disc or V's as areas of interest.

    >>>????...you just told him to buy a new bike!!

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