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Old 07-09-07, 05:28 PM
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Is this worth upgrading?

I have a Diamondback Wildwood that I picked up a few years ago on an impulse. I'm starting to ride it quite a bit and the RST fork on it is not great. The frame seems good (6061 Al) and the components are low end, but work fine. It has a set of Bontrager Select Inverts, but is otherwise stock.

Do you think it would be reasonable to replace the fork with a rigid fork and slowly upgrade the other parts as they wear out, or just move into a better bike. I can have the fork replaced for about $75. The bike looks great, but it wasn't much more than $200 on sale. Is the frame nice enough to get upgrades?

Upgraded, it seems like it would meet my needs, but I don't want to throw money into something that will always be a little junky. (Although a nicely equipped DB might be less tempting to thieves than a better brand frame)

Me- 32 yo, 5'8", 210lb. (formerly 165, then a knee injury and no more running + lots of junk food) I plan to ride up to 20 miles at a time, but when I'm ready to do more I'll get a road bike. This is my commuter/lose weight bike.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 07-09-07, 05:47 PM
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I've wonder about that myself. Although buying a complete bike with better components than a wallymart bike will probably be cheaper then buying a wallymart bike and upgrading it, you already have the bike and the fact that it is a wallymart bike is in itself a theft deterrent.

I know nothing about the quality of the frames of those types of bikes and would have to guess they aren't as good as other name brands, but more than likely, regardless of the manufacturer, were all made in China somewhere.

Maybe instead of upgrading this bike, which would cost a few hundred, and get a entry level road bike, like a new or used Trek 1000 road bike which can be found (used) for about 500 or so.
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Old 07-09-07, 06:16 PM
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I actually got it at a LBS, but it was the least expensive thing in the store.
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Old 07-09-07, 06:21 PM
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Personally, for that type of bike I would save up my money and purchase an entire new bike. Upgrading single components is generally more costly. You would get more bang for your buck by upgrading all at once. However it is your money. If it makes you happy go for it. I don't usually make appropriate choices with my pocketbook.
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Old 07-09-07, 06:29 PM
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I asumed that was the case, but I needed some "expert" opinions to justify a new bike to my wife.
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Old 07-09-07, 06:30 PM
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Anyone know if a KHS Urban Xtreme is any good?
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Old 07-09-07, 06:40 PM
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I say no, don't upgrade anything unless it's broken. One component won't make much of a difference. That money would be much better spent in a savings account waiting for the day you can get something better.
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Old 07-09-07, 07:05 PM
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I upgraded my DB Edgewood to a rigid fork, added fenders, rear rack and replaced the stock tires with a 700x28 slicks. $120 total. ' couldn't be happier. Its my rainy day commuter.
If you're not happy with it to begin with, then by all means get rid of it. But if its working just fine and could serve a purpose (back-up bike?), then do some upgrade.

Oh, BTW, the bike was free. My dad bought it for me as a gift.

Here it is.



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Old 07-09-07, 07:41 PM
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If the transmission (groupset) works fine, then you could just put a nicer fork, seat, and tires on it for not too much if you bargain shop.
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