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Old 10-02-15, 06:58 PM
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Hey guys/gals,

I purchased a Trek xcalber 6 recently from my LBS . I know this is only an entry level bike but it seems to be decent and it was the most i could afford at the time. That being said, i plan on upgrading components as funds will allow. The first item i will upgrade is the front shocks. I understand suntour offers an upgrade program which i will get the radeon shock as a replacement. Are there any other worthwhile upgrades i could do for this bike ?
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Old 10-02-15, 07:09 PM
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Congrats on getting a nice bike that will be a blast to ride.

I agree, upgrade the fork when you can. Two pretty inexpensive upgrades to consider would be converting to tubeless and replacing the nylon Welgo pedals (if sill equiped)
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Old 10-02-15, 07:43 PM
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Thanks for the reply, i put some shimano platform + clipless pedals on it recently. What about upgrading front and rear derailluers ? Would that be a noticeable improvement ?
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Maybe go tubeless. Other than that...I don't think I'd start switching parts for the sake of doing it. Next thing you know...you'll be past what you spent on the bike in the first place. With that said...yes by switching out the shifters and derailleurs will improve the shift quality. The feel will mainly come from the shifters and not the derailleurs. The fork will make the biggest difference. Next will probably be going tubeless.
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Originally Posted by I <3 Robots View Post
Maybe go tubeless. Other than that...I don't think I'd start switching parts for the sake of doing it. Next thing you know...you'll be past what you spent on the bike in the first place. With that said...yes by switching out the shifters and derailleurs will improve the shift quality. The feel will mainly come from the shifters and not the derailleurs. The fork will make the biggest difference. Next will probably be going tubeless.
I agree.

I also have beginner bike - Giant Revel 1. I've abused the hell out of that thing and even rode in snow several times. All I've had to deal with was a broken chain.
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Ride the crap out of it and replace things when they break. I don't see a point in spending money on anything until it is broken or you can tell for sure that the current component is holding you back. In the mean time, start saving for the next bike that you are sure to want in the near future.
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Ride the crap out of it and replace things when they break. I don't see a point in spending money on anything until it is broken or you can tell for sure that the current component is holding you back. In the mean time, start saving for the next bike that you are sure to want in the near future.
this ride it

I would maybe even not go for the forks. I think your money is better served buying a dropper post instead. This can be moved to your next bike. Tubeless for sure great upgrade

You get more bang for your buck getting a bike spec'd how you want it rather than buying it one piece at a time

The bike is fine ride it like you bought it run it into the ground then up grade to a new bike
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