Old 04-18-19, 12:25 AM
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I hate to join in a pile-on, but there’s a lot more that goes into bikes besides which parts are hung on it.
Not that you’ve got a ‘bad’ bike. It’s a perfectly serviceable, inexpensive, recreational bike, with a decent blend of features and durability for the price, but at the expense of high performance.

Upgrading that bike to a current-generation entry level ‘Claris’ group would involve changing ‘everything but the paint job’ and probably cost more than you paid for the bike in the first place. And that’s just in parts. If you’re having a shop do the work, it’s going to get expensive.
You will find it is often less expensive to simply buy a higher-tier bike than to make large scale upgrades to an inexpensive one.

There’s also a lot more to a ‘nicer’ bike than what parts are bolted to it. Frames are lighter, stronger, better finished, and trimmed out.
Being that you have a pretty entry-level bike, it’s only going to have so much upgrade ability it’ll support, anyhow.

Ride it as is. Learn how to adjust and tune it, to keep it working as well as you can. As you ride your bike, figure out what it is that you want out of your bike. Make small changes, things like different tires and better brake pads can make a noticeable difference for not a lot of money.
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