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    Canon fiend MadMan2k's Avatar
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    An once of prevention worth a pound of cure?

    I bought my bike with the orginial idea that I would simply upgrade components as they got broken, however... seems to me, if I keep this bike intact, sell it for as much as I can get for it, I can put that money towards a completely new bike.

    I could of course upgrade the cranks and fork (Possibly FSA V-Drive extreme cranks for $60, and a used Manitou six for about the same price, plus shipping), but then I have the wheelset to worry about, and by the time I spend another $350 on this bike, I just may have been better off with a new one.

    As to how much I have to spend.. that basically depends on what else I buy, and how long I save up.
    Of course I'd like to get a Transition trail-or-park frame, with the dual-ring build kit and DJ1 fork, for $1800, but isn't that a bit much for basically just fooling around, with drops and jumps and etc...

    Do most of you tend to upgrade before parts break, or after? I haven't had any problems with any parts, except the cranks getting loosened with wear, however I do hear bad things about this bike in regard to free-riding...

    I didn't want to simply make another 'what do i buy' thread, so I stuck a personal question about part upgrading there, and a topic titled to throw you off

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    Well, I started by upgrading things as they broke. Then I started to think ahead and buy things before they broke. Then I ended up with some parts around, and started to think of a second bike. Cost me almost nothing.

    I doubt I will ever buy a full bike again, but I have that luxery of lots of spare parts, the ability AND tools to build my own bike and 2 other bikes to ride at any time. To start though, with nothing, I would buy a bike and upgrade as I needed until I had money to do it the way I already have

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    True, I don't have any bike parts sitting around that I could use, unless you count ones from crappy department-store bikes.

    Shame computer parts and bike parts aren't interchangeable..
    "What do you mean, the 64MB dual-head AGP video card won't hold up if I use it as a bottom bracket???"

    lol
    Is it typical for people to get hurt when forks/cranks/pedals/etc break? Wouldn't want a crank to snap off after a somewhat rattling launch, and be in mid air with no way to land except on the top tube.. with body parts that don't take too well to being landed on... :|

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    Depends on use. xc, likely not, landing a jump...hurts pretty bad

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    I've heard of a crank arm snapping off a drop and the actual arm snapped in half. The half still attached to the bottom bracket went through the guys leg.
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    :O....oh god thats gross sounding. Worst I have heard it crank arm breaking and the guy digging into the ground coming to a sudden stop and flying into a tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    :O....oh god thats gross sounding. Worst I have heard it crank arm breaking and the guy digging into the ground coming to a sudden stop and flying into a tree.
    There's much to be said for good strong cranks

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    Yep. I will always sacrifice weight for strrong cranks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Yep. I will always sacrifice weight for strrong cranks.
    Same goes for the bottom bracket.

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    True true. Actually the only thing I semi sacrifice on is drive train. The way I ride I break the good or bad. So I just spend as little as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    True true. Actually the only thing I semi sacrifice on is drive train. The way I ride I break the good or bad. So I just spend as little as possible.
    For the rest of the drivetrain I like at least LX level stuff. Good bang for the buck in my (never so humble) opinion

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    stiff, strong, cheap(er) cranks......Truvativ Holzfeller

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    FSA V-drives

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    Cheap eh? :S

    The truvativ hussefelt are on a lot of bikes, they seem to be pretty good. And, they're only $120, as opposed to $200+ for the holzfellers

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    Fsa V-drive are in between the 2 from my experience, the v-drives are 69 cdn

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMan2k
    Cheap eh? :S

    The truvativ hussefelt are on a lot of bikes, they seem to be pretty good. And, they're only $120, as opposed to $200+ for the holzfellers
    I use them and really like them.

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