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Old 10-14-03, 08:14 PM
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what would be the smartest thing to upgrade on a GF marlin.
fork, breaks, rims (I beat em up)???
nothings broken, but breaks arnt working as good, rims are a little beat, and fork is not as nice as others iv ridden.
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Old 10-14-03, 08:38 PM
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Wheels are #1 in my book. Sun Rhynolite's laced to XT's would be a good combo for you.

Then do the fork (Rock Shox Psylo, Manitou Black Elite are the ones I would recomend).

Finally the brakes. XTR V's are really really nice. But Avid SD brakes are great. Avid Mechanical Disc's are also awesome, and I would highly recomend them.
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Old 10-14-03, 08:50 PM
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the wheel i dont think would be bad enough to need replacing, so ill go for the fork thanks.
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well, if you are looking to shave pounds, new wheels will make the most difference in the feel of your ride.
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Old 10-16-03, 06:16 AM
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Encrypted why did you ask us what we think? It seems that you just wanted us to say fork.
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I was just wondering. my friends all have vt2 or nrs 2 and they feel great. i dont think i can put disc breaks on my bike, and everyone tells me fork. is a $400 fork goood on a $420 bike?
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A $400 fork is good on ANY bike. Does it make sense? Sure, if you're happy with your bike otherwise.

However, realize that a $400 fork on a $420 bike will only increase the value of the $420 bike by only like $50.00.

It may or may not make more sense to ride you bike as it is, and save another $1,000, and then get a bike with the forks you want AND disc brakes AND full suspension. For $1,400 these days, you can buy a LOT of bike!

If you only have the $400 to spend, get the fork! It'll drastically change the way your bike rides (usually for the better).

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I am looking at buying a new fork and have a cheap bike, but the way I see it is that it is one less part I will need to buy if I want a new bike. Instead of a whole new bike I can just get a frame. I will continue to upgrade my bike now and just swap those parts on to a new bike if and when i get one. So anyone who is buying a expensive fork for a cheap bike I think it is a smart move.
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just upgrade whatever breaks first. if your brakes aren't working good do that first. Get a couple nice new Koolstop brake pads!
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my v-breaks all of a sudden suck. I cleaned rims and pads still are bad.
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If you can upgrade to discs, get them. Avid mech's are perfect for most riding.

I've been on Hayes Hydro's for almost 2 years now, and I have yet to have a single problem.
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I have a 2002 Jamis cross country sx. I do a lot of jumps and tricks so I was wondering if I should save up for a whole new freeride bike or upgrade my current 1??
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