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Old 06-18-07, 10:54 AM   #1
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Anything You would upgrade?

I just bought a Cuevas 52 cm (CT) lugged road frame with the following components
Cuevas 1" threaded Lugged steel fork (not on the bike)
SAKAE Litage FX aluminum 1" threaded fork (on the bike)
ARAYA 700C alloy rims (36 spokes front and rear)
Dura-Ace Brakes
Suntour Superbe brake levers
Cinelli bar
Cinelli quill type stem
1" Campy threaded headset
Campy friction downtube shifters
Campy 27.2 seatpost
Nucola Racing Vetta saddle
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Suntour Superbe Pro Front dérailleur (braze on)
I think a Campy Bottom Bracket
Dura-Ace Rear dérailleur
Maillard Course six speed Freewheel
Double Chainrings (don't know what they are)
Michelin tires that need to be replaced

Anything that you think should be upgraded?
What tires do you recommend?
And do you think I should put on the Cuevas fork?
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Old 06-18-07, 01:16 PM   #2
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Since you want to upgrade just for the sake of upgrading, why not upgrade everything?
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Old 06-18-07, 02:49 PM   #3
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Since you want to upgrade just for the sake of upgrading, why not upgrade everything?
Sorry, I'm new to biking and I don't know much about this stuff
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Old 06-18-07, 02:59 PM   #4
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Are you wanting to upgrade for racing or just in general?
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Old 06-18-07, 03:00 PM   #5
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I just bought a Cuevas 52 cm (CT) lugged road frame with the following components
Cuevas 1" threaded Lugged steel fork (not on the bike)
SAKAE Litage FX aluminum 1" threaded fork (on the bike)
ARAYA 700C alloy rims (36 spokes front and rear)
Dura-Ace Brakes
Suntour Superbe brake levers
Cinelli bar
Cinelli quill type stem
1" Campy threaded headset
Campy friction downtube shifters
Campy 27.2 seatpost
Nucola Racing Vetta saddle
SuperMighty Cranks
Suntour Superbe Pro Front dérailleur (braze on)
I think a Campy Bottom Bracket
Dura-Ace Rear dérailleur
Maillard Course six speed Freewheel
Double Chainrings (don't know what they are)
Michelin tires that need to be replaced

Anything that you think should be upgraded?
What tires do you recommend?
And do you think I should put on the Cuevas fork?
if you bought to uprgade why didn't you buy an upgraded bike
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Old 06-18-07, 03:05 PM   #6
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Sorry, I'm new to biking and I don't know much about this stuff
I'm a little confused. First, you just bought the bike and already want to upgrade. Why did you buy that bike then if it didn't have what you wanted? And second, if you're new to biking and don't know much about it, why do you think you need to upgrade any of it right now?

Did someone tell you that you need to upgrade something? Or is it that you just assume you need to start upgrading as soon as you buy a bike?

Why don't you ride the bike a while and enjoy it.
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Old 06-18-07, 03:34 PM   #7
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It was a good price and fit from a friend, and I was just wondering if you see any trouble components on it.
Another question- what tires do you recommend, mine are cracking.
And Another- would you put the steel fork back on or keep the aluminum one on?
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You can upgrade the seat to something that fits.

As for the drivetrain, it's a six speed, so the technology is old and nothing new is compatible. So, if you upgrade one thing, you'll probably need to upgrade just about everything.
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Old 06-18-07, 04:55 PM   #9
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Ride it for awhile and see how the fit is. You might need to swap saddle/stem/bars for comfort and to fit your riding style. Other than that I would put the original fork back on it and ride the hell out of it.
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I know how you feel about upgrades.

First thing I would suggest is to get it tuned up (by yourself or by LBS).
In the process, they'll tell you what needs fixing/replacing at which time, you can decide what you want to do.

But since your bike is old technology, you may have to just replace vs upgrade.

I would definitely replace wear items like tire that is showing a cut/tear.

Then you should ride for couple hundred miles to see what you're happy and what you're not happy about and then address those areas (ie. seats, etc.)
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Everything but the brakes and RD
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Old 06-18-07, 05:20 PM   #12
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Loosen the seat binder, pull out the post and slide a new bike underneath...
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Old 06-18-07, 05:25 PM   #13
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Loosen the seat binder, pull out the post and slide a new bike underneath...
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Cuevas are considered Classic Lugged Steel bikes and are highly regarded. I would replace the tires if they are rotting or brittle and have a shop tune and adjust everything. Don't let the shop try and sell you a new bike but find a shop that appreciates these bikes. If you have to change something out because it doesn't fit , hold onto the original parts in a box.

I would put the original steel fork back on.

Here is a link to some info about Cuevas, a better bike than any plastic crap you can buy today.

p://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/Cuevas_main.htm
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Put some fresh tires on it, clean and lube the drivetrain, and ride it for a month. If there's something you don't like about it, investigate upgrades. It's kind of pointless to upgrade without addressing some specific issue, and no one (including you, if you're new to bicycling) can guess what you'll like or dislike. That's why there's a bazillion bicycles out there - we're all different!
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To quote someone who knows something about the sport (cheesy, I know, but I have to pull it out)

"Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -- Eddy Merckx
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