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Old 04-24-19, 03:37 PM
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Buy a better frame or used whole bike

I currently have a trek crossrip 1, itís been a great family/commuter bike for my first dive into the bike world. Since purchasing Iíve put extensive miles on it and can now justify a slight upgrade to my wife. I have dilemma of using the money Iíve save (not a lot) and using my current bikes parts on a better frame or a used bike with better parts but maybe not as big of a step up in frame. Goals are to get something that is more comfortable over the longer miles and quicker, but can tackle more than just the pavement (in Nebraska and love the rolling gravel roads), in and out of traffic in the city. Iíve been leaning towards a Giant Defy advanced carbon frame for the swap out or a Giant TCX SLR 2 with 105 parts. First post here so donít butcher for grammar, punctuation and such. Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-24-19, 04:23 PM
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It depends. Most people would say by a whole bike and many times that is the better choice. Is what is on the used or new bike what you want or need or will you be swapping out parts? I am very picky about my bars, pedals, tires, crank length and specific gearing. None of which are standard across the board or very expensive or exotic but what I want. I would be replacing those on just about any bike I bought and in the end be left with a frame, fork, possibly wheels, and a seat post and brakes. If a whole bike is cheaper or close in price to just those those than so be it. There is nothing wrong with having two bikes either

What is specifically wrong with the Crossrip that you want to be better?

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Old 04-24-19, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Crimsontide0054 View Post
I currently have a trek crossrip 1, itís been a great family/commuter bike for my first dive into the bike world. Since purchasing Iíve put extensive miles on it and can now justify a slight upgrade to my wife. I have dilemma of using the money Iíve save (not a lot) and using my current bikes parts on a better frame or a used bike with better parts but maybe not as big of a step up in frame. Goals are to get something that is more comfortable over the longer miles and quicker, but can tackle more than just the pavement (in Nebraska and love the rolling gravel roads), in and out of traffic in the city. Iíve been leaning towards a Giant Defy advanced carbon frame for the swap out or a Giant TCX SLR 2 with 105 parts. First post here so donít butcher for grammar, punctuation and such. Thanks in advance.
That's OK, I will anyways (you're welcome). I think you will find upgrading your wife (even slightly) is a bit harder than you think.

Oh, that's not what you meant.

Is there something in particular your crossrip can't do for you? If so focus on upgrading that feature. Otherwise, if you just want a different bike I don't really see anything on that crossrip I would want to keep to make building up a frame worthwhile. Keep it as a backup or sell it to help get a used bike that's more your style.

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Old 04-24-19, 04:45 PM
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A challenge with transferring parts to a new frame is that standards have proliferated, so there's a chance that not all (or any) parts will actually fit the new frame. If you end up having to go out and buy parts, then you might quickly spend more than a bike with a groupset that was purchased wholesale in volume by a bike brand. Also, it can be hard to guess how a bare frame will fit once you've hung your parts on it.

Meanwhile, in terms of speed and the kinds of terrain you mention, the biggest difference might be the tires. In terms of riding on gravel, there's gravel and then there's gravel, and a suspension fork might make a difference if you're thinking of longer rides on rougher terrain. Both the bikes you mention are non-suspension.
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Old 04-24-19, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Crimsontide0054 View Post
I currently have a trek crossrip 1, it’s been a great family/commuter bike for my first dive into the bike world. Since purchasing I’ve put extensive miles on it and can now justify a slight upgrade to my wife. I have dilemma of using the money I’ve save (not a lot) and using my current bikes parts on a better frame or a used bike with better parts but maybe not as big of a step up in frame. Goals are to get something that is more comfortable over the longer miles and quicker, but can tackle more than just the pavement (in Nebraska and love the rolling gravel roads), in and out of traffic in the city. I’ve been leaning towards a Giant Defy advanced carbon frame for the swap out or a Giant TCX SLR 2 with 105 parts. First post here so don’t butcher for grammar, punctuation and such. Thanks in advance.

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Well hi there My Fair City dweller. What size bike are you wanting/needing?

Fopr example on the local CList there's a Defy Advanced carbon, Tiagra, complete bike with Garmin for $1000 if you're a medium-taller type.

https://lincoln.craigslist.org/bik/d...852846427.html
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Old 04-24-19, 06:06 PM
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Where are you in Nebraska?

There are some excellent deals on used Carbon Frames. The new ones can cost a fortune.

I think you'd rapidly find yourself lacking if you take components off of a battered aluminum bike, and transfer them over to your new carbon frame. Nonetheless, it is valid to do an equivalent transfer of components. Once you've invested in a good set of components, reuse them as needed.

That Giant Defy above is big, but likely a good deal. They've dropped the price a couple of times.

These also popped up as looking interesting.

https://desmoines.craigslist.org/bik...865121147.html
https://desmoines.craigslist.org/bik...863428826.html

Hmmm, I thought I was searching Nebraska and got Iowa
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