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Old 08-13-11, 08:28 PM
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What to upgrade first

I got a 2012 trek/Gary fisher wahoo 29er,what would u upgrade first,the brakes or the crankset?
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Old 08-13-11, 08:41 PM
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The Fork, then whatever breaks next.
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Oh ok so fork first, makes since
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first i'd upgrade the lungs. it will make the next upgrade, the legs, a bit easier. the rest will come.

otherwise, given your choices, the brakes.
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Old 08-13-11, 08:53 PM
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Well let me ask this,do you guys just upgrade when something breaks or just when you want something better
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Originally Posted by NCMTBIKER View Post
Well let me ask this,do you guys just upgrade when something breaks or just when you want something better
Both. But since you just bought the bike, I suggest riding for awhile before you spend more money. Think about your contact points. Is your seat comfortable? Your bars? The grips? After getting the fit right, your biggest bangs for the buck in terms of upgrades are probably lighter wheels and tires, and a better fork. But ride first. Don't rush into upgrades too quickly.
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Old 08-13-11, 09:55 PM
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Maybe upgrade to 26 inch wheels...
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I was kidding btw, I agree with above post, you should ride it then decide what you want to upgrade based on what you find the bikes weaknesses to be, wether it's comfort of performance... the answers will become more apparent after you put on some mileage.
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Everyone above makes good sense and offers sound advice. I was semi kidding with the fork comment but with me it seems to be the first thing to get replaced. Your riding style and terrain will dictate that though. I agree with riding for a while and see what you would like to change of what part appears to be the weak point. I tend to swap things out when they either break or aren't giving me the performance I desire. For me that generally means fork first,

If you are upgrading for better performing parts then brakes are never a bad choice but get a feel for them first so you know what you want out of your next set if you do decide to upgrade so you don't end up buying 3 different sets and wasting money. That goes for any piece, not just brakes. Know what you are trying to accomplish and then research to find the best parts for your application to acheive that goal.
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OK, you bought a brand new bike and you wanna upgrade already? Sorry, but should have bought the next model up. The only things you should change on a brand new bike are grips, saddle and pedals to suit you.

Just ride the bike. Replace parts as they wear or break
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Old 08-15-11, 12:35 PM
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Not every bike, heck almost no bikes, come equipped 'just right'. Full custom builds are often too expensive. A good compromise is to get 'most' of what you want and buy the few pieces you didn't get. Though if you don't know what you really want, that all goes out the window.

I have enjoyed my wheelset 'upgrade' the most of components I've replaced.
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