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Old 04-29-07, 08:20 PM
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Should I upgrade or start fresh?

Okay heres the deal..

I picked up a mtb for $100 locally, the bike is here..http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/pr...=1177898702168

the bike I got used had a 9 speed cassette on the rear for some reason but had pro-max front mechanical disc brake.

It needed a new cassette ($40) and I put on some SPD pedals ($20) and $30 for a pair of WTB Motoraptor tires

I have an offer for $250 for the bike, so I would make a $60 profit if i sold it.

What I want to do to the bike: Upgrade fork to a rockshox $200ish - Upgrade to front and rear disc brake haynes bout $200 from ebay. Upgrade the crank / bb to something with a spline design round $130.

Looking at $530 in upgrades to get it where I would want it..

OR I sell the bike for $250

Then I would spend an extra $500ish for a new bike.

So $750 -- What could this buy me new? I was looking at an Ironhorse Warrior 3.3 (Would try to get the 3.0 - I think thats the 07 model but couldnt find any info on this)

http://www.sportchek.ca/sportchek/do...&styleId=43682

If I got this bike for $600 I might still want to upgrade the crank since I always seem to ruin mine (the square ones) I also might end up wanting to upgrade the fork..

Any opinions? Suggestions?... The bike would be used daily in the city (to / from school / work) and daily to, from, and on the trails. No big jumps or anything, a few drops at the most.

Edit: Oh yes the LSB only seems to sell Norco, which are pretty pricy. I found one store selling a 1 used old used Giant Rainier 06 model for $700
http://www.rentabike.ca/bike_rainier06.htm Nothing I could find online was in my pricerange across alot of the local bike shops.

I couldn't find any info on the price of this in Cnd - http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-CA/...ain/740/26932/ Would anyone have a clue?

Last two I was able to find that a local shop would be able to get in:

http://www.konaworld.com/bikes/2k7/BLAST/index.html

The second one seems like a better price but the derailers/ shifters aren't too good... I think

http://www.konaworld.com/bikes/2k7/F...AIN/index.html

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Old 04-30-07, 09:54 AM
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Some one must have some opinions, what bike would be best for my needs? Component comparisons? I don't know much about components and what is better between alot of things...
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Old 05-01-07, 12:58 AM
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The link to your bike won't work. That Giant bike is made for DJ so its heavy and rugged and intended to fly off of things. You are correct about the components of the 1st Kona being better than the 2nd.

You have to define you needs and wants and test tide them to find out which you want more. The bike should fit you, not the other way around. Brands are generally meaningless - you should prioritize what you want. For example, if I were in the market for a new bike my main focus would be 1.comfort/fit and 2.light weight.

Every single one of those bikes will work for your needs except that the Giant would be overkill and the geometry of it might be uncomfortable.

I should warn you that upgrading would be more expensive, unless you plan to wear the current part down first and then upgrading.

Good luck.

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Also, you seem to think that discs are better than v-brakes, but for the most part, it is all about adjustment. A well maintained high end v-brake will stop as good or better (in ideal condition) than most mech discs except for the very high end ones like the Avid BB7. Even very cheap v-brakes with high quality pads would stop better than very cheap mech discs. V-brakes are less complicated and I would think, unless you are very mechanically and bike experienced, that you would be more sane with v-brakes.

Another thing, square taper bbs are fine, there really isn't a need to "upgrade" to octalink or isis (both splined). I still use the square and I take 3 ft drops occasionally and it is running smoothly. I don't know how you ruin yours, but if installed correctly they should last a while, esp. if you are mostly commuting.

You also don't really need to upgrade your fork (any of the ones listed) - it should be fine for trails/commuting. I still use a cheap 70mm stock fork that is still going strong through at least 300 mi. of rugged trails and drops of a few feet along with being my commuter for the last two and a half years. It actually is just starting to show signs of wear and will be upgrading this summer.
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Its an alright bike. Not the best out there.

If you can upgrade, I would.
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