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What was your first upgrade on your bike?

Old 09-16-17, 03:30 PM
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What was your first upgrade on your bike?

I have a Specialize Diverge DSW (coming Tuesday) and am wondering what might be my first upgrade to it? Referring to major upgrades, $200+.

I heard the CG-R seatpost may be good.
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/co...eatpost/105098

Any suggestions? Maybe better tires? This is for NYC riding
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Saddle in my case. Try everything first before upgrading. The most obvious candidates are saddles, pedals and (in many cases) tires.
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Brooks saddle
Bottom bracket
Fox 32 fork
From Sram 10 speed with BB7s to Sram 11 speed w/ hydro discs
DT Swiss wheels
About the only original components left are the handlebars frame and cranks
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I built my gravel bike just the way I want it.
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Originally Posted by dim
wheels
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always wheels
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Originally Posted by rgr555
What was your first upgrade on your bike?
Built it, so none.
With that said, i would ride what i get for at least a few hours over a few rides before changing anything major.
I dont consider a saddle to be major as thats just personal fit.

What 1 person doesnt like about a specific bike, another might not care about or they may actually love.
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Pedals - power meter.
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I changed tires from clement mso 33c to clement x'plor ush 35c tires, fizik gel pads, and crank brothers egg beater 3 pedals.
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Pedals, tires, brake pads.

I still prefer platforms for all around riding, including gravel and off road. So I got some wide BMX type pedals with grippy texture.

Tried about three sets of tires before settling on Continental Speed Rides. Great tires, will buy 'em again as long as they're available.

Kool Stop Eagle 2 on the rear canti brakes. Jagwire thinline on the front, only because there wasn't enough clearance for the Kool Stop Eagle 2 pads with the fork.

I ride a flat bar rigid fork 1990s mountain bike for gravel and mixed terrain. Just kept the original saddle, my butt isn't picky about what I sit on. If my gravel rides ever go beyond 30 miles or so in a day I might eventually switch to flipped albatross or North Roads bars, so I can keep the same brakes and shifters while getting a lower position. I won't bother with converting to drops on this bike. Cheaper to just buy a discontinued or used drop bar gravel bike.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg
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always wheels
I agree. Excepting saddle, tires and brakes, always upgrade wheels first.


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Originally Posted by BluesDawg
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always wheels
Unless I have really crappy wheels, I don't see much of a difference with changing wheels. Sure, when I am racing it makes a difference of a couple of feet, and makes acceleration a bit quicker, but why the obsession with replacing wheels? (I have about 20 wheelsets, so I fit the obsessive category).

Tires make a big difference, although it depends on the grade of bike. I totally transformed a big box store bike by changing the tires. But when you start going north of $1000 for a bike, they can come with some good tires standard.
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Originally Posted by rgr555
I have a Specialize Diverge DSW (coming Tuesday) and am wondering what might be my first upgrade to it? Referring to major upgrades, $200+.

I heard the CG-R seatpost may be good.
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/co...eatpost/105098

Any suggestions? Maybe better tires? This is for NYC riding
My first thing was a thudbuster ST. An amazing device. I borrowed a friends hard tail mountain bike and was shocked at how awkward it was to ride without the thudbuster.

I hate the CG-R. Waste of money. At best, it takes my aluminum bike and makes it feel more like a carbon bike, but its not a huge difference. Doesn't do too much for my steel or carbon bikes. The Thudbuster ST is just wonderful. I don't like to ride without it.
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Originally Posted by rgr555
I heard the CG-R seatpost may be good.
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/co...eatpost/105098
Might be...but then youd be riding around with a seatpost that has a giant goiter on it. So there is that to consider.


All seriousness, as mentioned- i would ride for a long time stock to figure out what i dont like. Most likely- itd be tires.

I would hope there would be no $200 upgrades needed right away as if there were, then I would have to evaluate if i bought the wrong bike or model. Thats some significant $ to shell out right after buying a bike to just change the bike.
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The only things I change are things fit-related or additions to make the bike a little better for what I want. Proper SPD pedals, slicks for road riding, saddle if I don't like the stock one, rack or frame bag if needed. I really only consider wheels/tires an upgrade but wheels are so expensive I don't usually change them. The difference between fast supple tires with a high-engagement freehub and a "normal wheelset" is significant and always worth the premium.

Most bikes and parts are so good that non-fit related items are pretty much the same to me. My most ridden bikes are pretty much stock except for the items noted earlier. I couldn't imagine buying a bike and then spending $200 to upgrade something - why not buy a better bike or just build what you want? A lot of times the premium for frame-up builds is less than $200.
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1. 11 x 32 Shimano to 11 x 36 Sram with a road link
2. Clement mso tube tires to Kenda Flintridge Pro 40 mm tubeless


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I've undone most of the changes I made to my bike. Apparently, the bike was pretty thoughtfully designed from the get-go.
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Low gears (34T small ring, 11-34T cassette, mid cage RD), more street oriented tires and finally some new wheels. The first two items had the most affect when riding. Wheels helped but not so much in my case.
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No upgrades needed. I just added accessories... like bike computer, frame bag, saddle bag, bottle cages, steel presta valve caps, NiteRider light mounts and bell.
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