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    Upgrades for my 2011 rockhopper disc

    Sorry if this has been discussed a lot, I did a quick search and found nothing.


    I've had my rockhopper for a few weeks now( my first real mtn bike), and I would like to upgrade the pedals, headset, stem, and handle bars. I haven't really had any issues with how the stock parts feel as far as size, rise, and all that stuff. I am just looking for better parts.

    I have put together a list of what I thought might be good, I was hoping you guys could tell me if they are good parts or if there are better options out there... I am open to suggestions.

    Ill be riding trails mostly(single and uphill/downhill) with a little riding around town. I weigh 170ish and I am 5'8".


    Unrelated question, is it okay to hang the bike upside down by the wheels for storage?


    Thanks for all the help!!!

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    if you can afford it, i like the Thompson stem. also, if you can afford it, i really really like the Shimano DX pedals. otherwise....seems ok to me. i don't see any glaring horrible mistakes or bad ideas. go for it.

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    If it were me, I'd upgrade the grips and pedals, and since the rest of the stuff feels like it fits well as far as sizing goes, I'd hold off on the bars, stem, and headset. Instead, I'd put the money towards getting rid of the pogo stick fork that comes with the Rockhopper and towards something a little more trail worthy. The usual recommendation you get around these parts is a Rock Shox Tora, which is a great fork for the money, and will be a huge improvement over the Suntour that comes on the bike (I'm assuming it's a Suntour...it looks like some of the 29er Rockhoppers come with Recons, in which case you'd be better off leaving the Recon on there). Don't just upgrade for the sake of upgrading. Upgrade when something breaks or when you'll see a noticeable performance difference from the new stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
    If it were me, I'd upgrade the grips and pedals, and since the rest of the stuff feels like it fits well as far as sizing goes, I'd hold off on the bars, stem, and headset. Instead, I'd put the money towards getting rid of the pogo stick fork that comes with the Rockhopper and towards something a little more trail worthy. The usual recommendation you get around these parts is a Rock Shox Tora, which is a great fork for the money, and will be a huge improvement over the Suntour that comes on the bike (I'm assuming it's a Suntour...it looks like some of the 29er Rockhoppers come with Recons, in which case you'd be better off leaving the Recon on there). Don't just upgrade for the sake of upgrading. Upgrade when something breaks or when you'll see a noticeable performance difference from the new stuff.
    Thank you for the tips! It does have the suntour fork (SF11-XCR-DS-26-LO-SP). That was the other thing I was having trouble with. Finding where my fork is as far as performance goes, and what would be an upgrade. So the rock shox tora would be a decent upgrade then? Sorry if this is a dumb question, what is better about it?

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    Marzocchi Marathon Lr
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...r+Fork+11.aspx

    or

    Rockshox Recon Silver Tk Coil Fork
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...l+Fork+10.aspx


    Or something different all together in this price range....?

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    Just out of curiosity, if you have all this extra money to spend, why didn't you get a more expensive bike in the first place? You would have ended up with a much nicer bike in the end had you spent the money up front, rather than bought a bike you planned to upgrade and upgraded it piecemeal. Especially after having it for only a couple weeks. No offense intended, just trying to figure out your motivation. I feel like by the time you're done upgrading, well, you'd definitely have had the money for a Giant Yukon FX if an FS was something you'd consider...heck, you might have been close to a Giant Trance or Specialized Camber. Or if you really like that hardtail, you could have gone with a nicer Rockhopper or maybe even a Stumpjumper HT. If you've been thrashing on it for the past couple weeks, it's too late to take it back now, but for future reference, when you buy a bike, buy the nicest one you can afford, and don't plan to upgrade it right out of the box.

    Either fork will be an improvement over the Suntour. I'm not familiar with the Marathon, but the Recon is a great fork.

    The difference between a cheap fork and a good fork is simply that the good fork actually works. I know that sounds like a "Duh, not helpful" answer, but I'm being serious. Cheap forks either bounce around like pogo sticks or don't absorb anything like rigids. A nice fork will actually do what it's supposed to do and absorb shock. Plus, your adjustments will actually do something, rather than just being knobs on the fork that look nice like on cheap forks, so, assuming the fork has adjustments for these, you'll be able to adjust the rebound, compression, and lockout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
    Just out of curiosity, if you have all this extra money to spend, why didn't you get a more expensive bike in the first place? You would have ended up with a much nicer bike in the end had you spent the money up front, rather than bought a bike you planned to upgrade and upgraded it piecemeal. Especially after having it for only a couple weeks. No offense intended, just trying to figure out your motivation.
    No offense taken, I came into this bike wanting something nice for my first real bike. But didn't want to spend a small fortune on something I wouldn't like, I know alot of people do this and end up regretting it a bit. That's kind of where I am. I have just barely dipped my toes in, and I am loving every bit of it. But from what I have been told and read, I at least have a half decent upgrade platform.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
    Either fork will be an improvement over the Suntour. I'm not familiar with the Marathon, but the Recon is a great fork.

    The difference between a cheap fork and a good fork is simply that the good fork actually works. I know that sounds like a "Duh, not helpful" answer, but I'm being serious. Cheap forks either bounce around like pogo sticks or don't absorb anything like rigids. A nice fork will actually do what it's supposed to do and absorb shock. Plus, your adjustments will actually do something, rather than just being knobs on the fork that look nice like on cheap forks, so, assuming the fork has adjustments for these, you'll be able to adjust the rebound, compression, and lockout.
    That makes sense. One thing I did notice between all of these different fork was the stanchion size went up 2mm from the suntuor's. I have read that increases lateral stiffness in the fork, which lets the fork work more efficiently(?). I know from my days from R/c cars that the bigger the shock shaft is (essentially that's what a stanchion is?) the more shock fluid is displaced which makes for better dampening (more progressive?). Does that apply here too?

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