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Old 03-04-14, 09:52 PM   #1
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Question abt my new(old) MTB

Hi guys, newbie here, i was offered an entry level bike by a friend who has been inviting me to this new hobby/sport, ive been biking for about a month now and done some research on what to upgrade, btw im aiming for a xc type. The bike has these components so far:

Alivio front and rear Derailleur
Non series shimano crank and cogs 3x8
suntour XCR fork
scott scale 10 frame <<< this is what im concerned about

i want to read some reviews about my frame like what year model it is(I attached a pic of the bike). Im sure you would suggest to get a new frame but im on a tight budget.
pls feel free to make any suggestions thank you
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scott scale 10 frame <<< this is what im concerned about
That's nothing to be concerned about.

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Why?

Ride the bike and stop worrying about imaginary frame problems.

Replace parts when they break if you're on a budget.
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It's a good frame, in fact it's one of the better beginners mtb's out there.
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Don't get caught up in the upgrade game like some new component is going to make that bike (or any bike) magically fly up a climb or rail a berm. That bike is fine as is. Only buy something if something breaks. Focus on building your skills and fitness. Have fun!
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hi thank you for your support,
its just that im aiming to get it lighter, as it is i find it heavy, i havent weighed each component yet to determine which i have to change first to make it lighter, im just guessing its the frame lol, or rims (i think its a mavic deemax)or the fork anyway lol. Im really having fun and enjoying this thats why i want to get the most out of my first and succeeding upgrades. uhuh yea its only been a month since i started biking seriously so i guess focusing more on building my stamina would help a lot specially that we do climbs most of the time. Thanks for your replies very much appreciated
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ride more then just buy a new/newer bike. Don't bother upgrading an entry level bike piece by piece. If you have to upgrade anything it hit ebay, pinkbike, or whatever and find a decent used air fork for under $100. Besides dropping some weight it will ride a lot better.
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I doubt that frame is the most anti-weight-weenie part you have there.

Before weight-weenieing I like to make things feel good where I touch the bike - Pedals/shoes, grips, saddle.

Tires are usually the cheapest item to go lighter on. Weigh your current tires. If they're up around 800 grams, then you gotta do something about that. WTB Nanoraptors, maybe.

BB+Crankset would be next on my list considering your current parts. Then I'd go after fork (actually tough call between fork and cranks.)

Mostly, though, I don't replace it 'til it breaks or I'm feeling rich. Sometimes better to upgrade to a whole 'nother bike if you're really feeling rich, though.
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thanks for the tips, gonna weigh my tires and see how it goes from there, gonna check ebay for air forks as well. see you on the road guys!!
p.s. what does BB stand for
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hi thank you for your support,
its just that im aiming to get it lighter, as it is i find it heavy, i havent weighed each component yet to determine which i have to change first to make it lighter, im just guessing its the frame lol, or rims (i think its a mavic deemax)or the fork anyway lol. Im really having fun and enjoying this thats why i want to get the most out of my first and succeeding upgrades. uhuh yea its only been a month since i started biking seriously so i guess focusing more on building my stamina would help a lot specially that we do climbs most of the time. Thanks for your replies very much appreciated
If that's accurate, your friend did some heavy duty upgrading. The Deemax is an expensive set of downhill wheels. Downhill wheels are heavy and overbuilt compared to pretty much any other type of wheel out there, but as far as downhill wheels go, the Deemax is definitely on the light side.

Don't sweat the weight. At this point in your mountain bike experience, getting stronger >>>>> being a weight weenie, as far as performance goes.
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Its not too bad. Full alivio is decent for entry and an xcmm is ok for entry aswell (100mm travel w/ lockout). I'd suggest a new crankset and bb if you really feel the need to upgrade. The rest like everyone else has said wait til it breaks
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Do you ever see yourself competing in a race? If so get stronger then worry about weight. If not, replace as it breaks. The weight doesn't matter at this point.
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If you really want to cut weight, rotating mass, i.e. the wheel set and tires makes the most difference. A heavy frame/component set with light wheels is better than a lighter frame with heavy rims and tires. Lighter wheels accelerate better and are easier to climb with.
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