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Old 08-28-10, 09:17 AM   #1
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Help upgrading my GT Gutterball (GTB) 09.

First off, I just picked up the new GTB a few days ago from a nice dude on Craigslist for $300.

My last fixed gear was a IRO Jamie Roy w/ Nitto stem, handlebar, Aerospoke, and B43 etc.

Now I'm planning to upgrade this new bike and I need some advice !!

- B43 rear either white or black.
- All white tires front and back.
- chrome drop down Specialized handlebar and stem
- specialized toupe 130 saddle.

My question is, what components would you change on this bike?





(the two white marks on the frame are from the flash. )



Just changed the handlebar and stem to new Specialized drop down handlebar and stem.

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So what do you need help with? Figuring out how to spend more money on parts?
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Commuter bike? Leave it as is.

The height of your saddle indicates that it's too big for you. Spending a bunch of money on a bike that doesn't fit is usually a less than great idea.
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i understand but i couldn't pass the deal. its a 53mm i believe and i'm 5'7. yeah i just wanna upgrade the parts a bit and make it look a bit more better. i always upgrade, i don't like stock components on anything.
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i understand but i couldn't pass the deal. its a 53mm i believe and i'm 5'7. yeah i just wanna upgrade the parts a bit and make it look a bit more better. i always upgrade, i don't like stock components on anything.
So I still don't get it... what are you asking? It seems like you already have a good plan of what you're going to get... do you need the official Bikeforums seal of approval?
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yes i would like to seal the deal and get some ideas.
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You have posted three times on this thread, and I still have no idea what you are asking.

Are all those parts you listed real things? yes
Are they bike parts? yes
Could you put them on your GTB? yes


Anything else?
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My question is, what components would you change on this bike?
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My question is, what components would you change on this bike?
I would leave it as it is. It's a great bike already
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Commuter bike? Leave it as is.
Just in case you missed it the first time.
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But dudes, it doesn't look baller enough.

Throw some chrome dubs on that ****.
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No way, man. Chrome dubz are only for bikes that are too small.
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First step to answering that question is what is on it right now.
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First off, I just picked up the new GTB a few days ago from a nice dude on Craigslist for $300.
Why don't you ride it for a couple weeks and decide what you do and don't like about it first. Pissing away a handful of cash on a bike (or anything for that matter) to upgrade it without really knowing what you want is rather ********. That's just my opinion of course.

I'd focus on the things that will make it ride better, not necessarily impress my bros at the house or the snatch at parties.

White tires? Are you serious? White frakin tires?

PS: This isn't a GTB. Its a Gutterball. The GTB was the Pulse with different tubing and lower end , but still quite decent, components.
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I think he's looking for someone to hold his hand.
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aerospokes. three of them.
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But dudes, it doesn't look baller enough.

Throw some chrome dubs on that ****.
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the most important thing to put on it is some miles.
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Just changed the handlebar and stem to new Specialized drop down handlebar and stem.
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You've got an extremely practical set up for a commuter.
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bone machine's gif is pretty funny.

and +1 on vixtor's comment, track drops for commute? while track drops may be the secks, they aren't too comfortable. to each his own, i guess.
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Ehhhh... I think I just came across your craigslist post looking to trade this for a smaller bike.

Your post says you're 5'7" and are looking for a 50 cm. It almost sounds to me like you'd be going one size too small there. But I have no real way of guessing. You can't just base it on your height. Have you taken any other measurements? At the very least, have you checked your inseam?

Protip: go to the competitive cyclist website and check out their fit calculator. You can take most measurements yourself (or get someone to help out - roommate, girlfriend, whatever) and the results will give you a BASIC IDEA of what size range you can try. Note the emphasis on BASIC IDEA. Always take results based on your own non-professional measurements with a grain of salt. Just use it for reference.

Anyways this whole thing was to make the following point: Maybe you should hold off on making any further "upgrades" until you sort out your sizing woes.
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