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    Jazzman Panoramic's Avatar
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    What to upgrade next

    Here's my rig:
    2001 Giant ATX850
    17'' aluminum frame (2 inches too small)
    standard wheels that come with a $1000 CDN bike
    the same tyres that came with the bike
    rock shox Jett XC fork (elastomer'ed, and doesn't work optimally)
    Deore componentry
    Worn out small and large chainring
    bent derailler hanger
    old derailler

    May I ask:
    What single (or two) improvements at low cost would make my bike faster during the race?
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    Drivetrain.
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    The only thing that needs improvement is the rider.
    Wait 'til something breaks, then fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DjRider04
    The only thing that needs improvement is the rider.
    Wait 'til something breaks, then fix it.

    Second that. I know people that can go faster then me on a department store bike. How cool is that?
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    When sh*t hits the fan, everything I'm not, made me everything I am.

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    A frame that fits?

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    A new bike that fits?

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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panoramic
    Here's my rig:
    2001 Giant ATX850
    17'' aluminum frame (2 inches too small)
    standard wheels that come with a $1000 CDN bike
    the same tyres that came with the bike
    rock shox Jett XC fork (elastomer'ed, and doesn't work optimally)
    Deore componentry
    Worn out small and large chainring
    bent derailler hanger
    old derailler

    May I ask:
    What single (or two) improvements at low cost would make my bike faster during the race?
    There ain't no cheap upgrade on a bike with the problems you state, Drivetrain needs new parts, but Deore is OK ish. Not the best around, but works and is economic to replace. Worn chain rings will probably mean a new chain, and new rear sprocket aswell, so won't be cheap. A frame thats too small can be made to fit with long seat post and stem, but may affect handling, so thats the way to go initially, Jett forks are low end, but try a strip and rebuild to see if you can improve them. Wheels and tyres would be a definite improvement, but with the other problems you have, would be the last thing to upgrade.
    Sorry but there is no cheap way on this one. New bike is what you are up for.

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    Eschew Obfuscation! enduro's Avatar
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    Good luck finding a rebuild kit for your Jett, I have an 01 Judy that I've been trying to find bushings for. Rockshox seems to have disowned their older forks.
    I agree that the rider has the biggest potential for improvement. The components that have really helped me though are strong, predictable brakes and appropriate tires for the trail. Knowing that I can brake later going into a turn, without skidding, has helped me a lot. It's largely psychological, but that's definitely a big part of going fast.

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    The Man. FoX Rider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    A frame that fits?
    It's better to have a too small frame then a too big one. I know. My 'boys' would agree with me.

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by enduro
    Good luck finding a rebuild kit for your Jett,.
    Two resources
    http://www.ekosport.com/ta_avlble_rsidx.shtml - Best bet
    The second -try to find some MRP Speed Springs -they're no longer produced but someone's got a set on a shelf some where.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    Two resources
    http://www.ekosport.com/ta_avlble_rsidx.shtml - Best bet
    The second -try to find some MRP Speed Springs -they're no longer produced but someone's got a set on a shelf some where.
    Those aren't exactly rebuild kits...what I'm talking about is like replacement bushings, seals, etc. Those are very hard to find for old Rockshox forks. The resources you've listed are to modify the fork. Thanks though

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