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    Game: Upgrade my bike with $200.

    Let's see who's the best shopper/savvy bike part knower.

    You have $200 USD to upgrade a Stock Kona Fire Mountain. Whoever makes the most drastic performance changes for the better wins.

    You can also sell parts of the bike.

    MZ-Comp Fork $70
    Frame-$150
    Grips-$7
    Pedals and Cranks together-$30
    Rear Der-$9
    Front Der (This is an Acera not an Altus)-$5
    Shifters-$20
    Shifting Set-$40

    Rules: You cannot use Ebay unless an auction has Buy it Now. You may use past auctions as long as they are not more than a week old.

    Go! *Hopes thread is popular*

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    By-Tor...or the Snow Dog? hi565's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by swifferman
    Let's see who's the best shopper/savvy bike part knower.

    You have $200 USD to upgrade a Stock Kona Fire Mountain. Whoever makes the most drastic performance changes for the better wins.

    You can also sell parts of the bike.

    MZ-Comp Fork $70
    Frame-$150
    Grips-$7
    Pedals and Cranks together-$30
    Rear Der-$9
    Front Der (This is an Acera not an Altus)-$5
    Shifters-$20
    Shifting Set-$40

    Rules: You cannot use Ebay unless an auction has Buy it Now. You may use past auctions as long as they are not more than a week old.

    Go! *Hopes thread is popular*
    I think this is interesting, i think it will be interesting what people say
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    The fork might give the most obvious change, especially if you don't already have one.

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    35 LX rear
    20 LX chain
    64 LX crank
    19 LX compatible bb
    34 LX cassette
    60 LX (not the hydraulic) shifter/break combo
    -40 selling shifting set
    30 XT front (because its a dollar cheaper than the LX on jenson, go figure)
    -whatever pedals and cranks and rear..go swap some beaters pedals until you get more money
    37 front/rear deore disc compatible hubs

    Now you are swank in LX!

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    hmmm not too bad

    What are BB? I've seen this term thrown around a lot and I have no idea what it means.

    I have a fork; The Marzocchi MZ-Comp

    Can anyone do better? Maybe some pinkbike, ebay, used forum place type things have some parts for sale?


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    "What are BB? I've seen this term thrown around a lot and I have no idea what it means."

    Are you ****ting me ? Yunno, BB, Big Brother right?
    No, Bo ttom bracket is what connects the two crank arms so that they can revolve. The BB cartridge is fitted through the bottom bracket shell of your frame, and it is also important to make sure your BB is compatible with your crankset otherwise it wont fit.

    By the way, all the prices i listed were new from jensonusa. In that spec really your aren't NOT replacing much -- handlebars, stem, seatpost, fork, seat, frame. But upping the drivetrain like that would be a huge improvement, in my opinion, especially if you are moving from cheaper altus/acera parts. It'll be like night and day.

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    I win

    2005 Marzocchi DJ1-$520
    RaceFace Diabolus Stem and Crankset $350 and $80
    E.Thirteen SRS-$150
    Mavic EX721 rims laced to Hope Bulbs $590
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    just a tad bit overbudget there

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    You forgot the TI Campy chain......tag on another $300

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    Fox F80x fork $775

    Done.

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    Foes XTD fork.......good ole' $2500-$3k

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    so much for $200, eh? I say let's just swap out the frame with a Seven Cycles Olympic Edition Sola frame! And how about some Eggbeater triple ti pedals along with it?

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    Hm.....havent seen the OE Sola yet, sweet bikes though....love admiring the ones in my basement

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    Sevens are absolutely beautiful... but boy do you ever pay for them. But that just goes back to the "you get what you pay for" thing. I would absolutely love to have one myself. Definitely one of the nicest hardtails I've seen so far. Titanium makes me melt.

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    Nobody likes games eh?

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    Well what dont you like most.....there has to be something. If it were me, id buy a new fork.....I really dont mind drivetrains much, XT deraileurs are nice though. If you got a used Fox Vanilla RL or something of the sort, im sure it would make a big difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DjRider04
    Well what dont you like most.....there has to be something. If it were me, id buy a new fork.....I really dont mind drivetrains much, XT deraileurs are nice though. If you got a used Fox Vanilla RL or something of the sort, im sure it would make a big difference.
    It wasn't asking for advice really. It was seeing who could trick out this bike the most with only $200.

    Come on, trick it out with $200. You know you want to.

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    derailleurs are derailleurs, they won't make you faster or do anything to 'performance'. A nice fork will do the most for the bike. I've got a 10 year old steel bike with rusty alivo derailleurs and the darn things still work fine

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    The point is you can't trick a bike out with just $200.
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    wait...yes he can...give me the 200 dollars and I'll polish it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KonaRider24
    The point is you can't trick a bike out with just $200.

    I was trying to use your trendy "mountain biker slang"

    FINE!

    WHO CAN GET THE MOST UPGRADED PARTS FOR THEIR MONEY WITH $200!? (Or biggest performance/parts/most stupendest bike increase)


    OR, PICK A NUMBER BETWEEN 1 AND 1 MILLION AND I'LL TELL YOU IF YOU'RE RIGHT?

    DON'T YOU LIKE GAMES?


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    Quote Originally Posted by swifferman
    I was trying to use your trendy "mountain biker slang"

    FINE!

    WHO CAN GET THE MOST UPGRADED PARTS FOR THEIR MONEY WITH $200!? (Or biggest performance/parts/most stupendest bike increase)


    OR, PICK A NUMBER BETWEEN 1 AND 1 MILLION AND I'LL TELL YOU IF YOU'RE RIGHT?

    DON'T YOU LIKE GAMES?

    Guess what kind of pie I'm thinking of.

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    this game sucks.

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    Pull my finger.

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    *pulls finger*

    *barbershop quartet made out of wax starts baking*

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