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Old 02-09-08, 10:21 PM
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When buying a cheap mountain bike, (around 400-500 range)

What would be the first thing you would upgrade? other than pedals.
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Old 02-09-08, 10:54 PM
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Depends on the bike, the build and what you do with it.

Only upgrade what is a problem for you. If you have to ask about what upgrades to do you probably don't need any upgrades. Yet.
 
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What would be the first thing you would upgrade?
whatever breaks first.
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also depends on your budget, personally if I were buying a bike with the idea of upgrading as I could afford to the fork and rear derailleur would be the first, with the brakes being a likely next step.
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Old 02-09-08, 11:20 PM
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Upgrade as things break. Because you could likely spend more on a quality fork or wheelset than what the whole bike costed.
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Old 02-09-08, 11:22 PM
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clipless pedals, shoes, jerseys, riding shorts, gloves, and the bike's engine. No particular order.

If you really must upgrade something swap out your crapped out cable housing for some quality stuff. My shifter housing is usually toast after 6-7 months or so. Stock tires are usually crap on ANY bike, so if you have a sudden urge to buy something get some good rubber.

But yeah like these guys said ^ don't waste your money on upgrades if you don't know what to upgrade.

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Well, I was thinking that 500 bucks bikes, had bad components, so thats why am thinking in upgrading.

These are my specs, can anyone tell me if any of these components are bad, and if so, what would you recomend?

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Frame: DOUBLE BUTTED ALLOY HARDTAIL FRAME, ZERO STACK HEADTUBE, REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGER, INTERNATIONAL DISC BRAKE MOUNT Fork: MANITOU AXEL COMP, 100MM TRAVEL Rear Shock: N/A Front Derailleur: SHIMANO DEORE Rear Derailleur: SHIMANO DEORE Shifters: SHIMANO DEORE RAPIDFIRE Brakes Levers: TEKTRO ALLOY Brakes: HAYES MX2 MECHANICAL DISC W/ 6" ROTOR Chain: SHIMANO HG-73 Crankset: TRUVATIV ISOFLOW 44/34/24T Cassette: SRAM PG-950 11X32T, 9 SPEED Pedals: ALLOY PLATFORM Bottom Bracket: TRUVATIV POWERSPLINE Headset: ZERO STACK Saddle: WTB SPEED V SPORT SE Seat Post: ALLOY MICRO ADJUST Handlebar: ALLOY RISERBAR, 31.8MM CLAMP Grips: RUBBER Stem: TRUVATIV XR, 31.8MM CLAMP Tires: WTB MOTORAPTOR 2.1" Wheelset: 32 HOLE ALLOY DISC HUB, 32 HOLE WTB SX-24 RIMS, 14G STAINLESS BLACK SPOKES Weight: N/A
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No components are bad. Go upgrade the engine and ride some more until stuff breaks.

Its more cost effective to buy a bike with nicer components to begin with. Save up your cash and buy yourself a blinged out stumpjumper, or a freeride bike or whatever fits your riding style. In the meantime buy clothes and stuff.

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Crank, check this out......

Originally Posted by Crankcousins View Post
What would be the first thing you would upgrade? other than pedals.

Lots of bang-for-your-buck here......http://www.rscycle.com/s.nl/it.A/id....&category=4959

I have an Iron Horse Warrior Expert and like it better than my Rockhopper (stolen). I'm decent size at 6/2, 215, and it has taken some pretty good hits...no problems.
Good luck and try to ride before you buy as each bike has it's own feel to it.
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Originally Posted by Crankcousins View Post
Well, I was thinking that 500 bucks bikes, had bad components, so thats why am thinking in upgrading.

These are my specs, can anyone tell me if any of these components are bad, and if so, what would you recomend?

Specifications
Frame: DOUBLE BUTTED ALLOY HARDTAIL FRAME, ZERO STACK HEADTUBE, REPLACEABLE DERAILLEUR HANGER, INTERNATIONAL DISC BRAKE MOUNT Fork: MANITOU AXEL COMP, 100MM TRAVEL Rear Shock: N/A Front Derailleur: SHIMANO DEORE Rear Derailleur: SHIMANO DEORE Shifters: SHIMANO DEORE RAPIDFIRE Brakes Levers: TEKTRO ALLOY Brakes: HAYES MX2 MECHANICAL DISC W/ 6" ROTOR Chain: SHIMANO HG-73 Crankset: TRUVATIV ISOFLOW 44/34/24T Cassette: SRAM PG-950 11X32T, 9 SPEED Pedals: ALLOY PLATFORM Bottom Bracket: TRUVATIV POWERSPLINE Headset: ZERO STACK Saddle: WTB SPEED V SPORT SE Seat Post: ALLOY MICRO ADJUST Handlebar: ALLOY RISERBAR, 31.8MM CLAMP Grips: RUBBER Stem: TRUVATIV XR, 31.8MM CLAMP Tires: WTB MOTORAPTOR 2.1" Wheelset: 32 HOLE ALLOY DISC HUB, 32 HOLE WTB SX-24 RIMS, 14G STAINLESS BLACK SPOKES Weight: N/A
that is a very well specd bike, like every body else said replace/upgrade as stuff breaks
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You will come out better by buying the next model up instead of upgrading. Most of the time that means a better fork,derailler for less money than you would spend upgrading..
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I like my specialized hardrock sport, nothing fancy - but I wouldn't mind a fork with better travel.
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Where do you find a bike with ful deore drivetrain for 4-500 dollars? Am I missing where the manufacturer skimped? The crankset is probably a boat anchor, but it should work fine.

Assuming you have all the clothing/acessories you want, tires would be the best and cheapest way to improve performance. It sounds like you have a solid mid-range hardtai.
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Where do you find a bike with ful deore drivetrain for 4-500 dollars? Am I missing where the manufacturer skimped? The crankset is probably a boat anchor, but it should work fine.

Assuming you have all the clothing/acessories you want, tires would be the best and cheapest way to improve performance. It sounds like you have a solid mid-range hardtai.
motobecane. For example:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...cane_700HT.htm
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You will come out better by buying the next model up instead of upgrading. Most of the time that means a better fork,derailler for less money than you would spend upgrading..
+1, I was gonna say buy a new fork, but if you've got the bucks for that, follow what mtnbiker66 said.
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