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Old 11-21-04, 11:42 AM
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Clyde upgrade advice needed...

I'm a 270 Clydesdale riding a Box stock 2003 trek 4500 riding on Long Island so the terrain is pretty darn flat. The most tech it gets is alot of roots plank bridges and rainwashes... some Urban stuff like Stairs curbs and such...nothing too crazy.

I'm looking to upgrade some key parts over the winter... I'm not into replacing the bike because I'm buying a road bike and I'm looking to blow 85-90% of my wad on that purchase... Besides, I feel that the Trek is pretty sufficient for the use I give it.

The parts I'm looking to replace are the following...
  • Rock Shox Judy TT fork
  • Matrix 750 Wheelset... these SUCK!
  • Alivio R. derailler

I was thinking Deore XT for best bang for the buck
Rhynolites (although heavy but anything that will stay true under me will be)
and I have no idea what fork...

I would love to hear some advice on any of these, and suggestions on what and why's of replacing these items... I would like to keep the overall bike weight about the same or lighter... I really don't want to go heavier. Thanks!
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Old 11-21-04, 11:47 AM
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Ryno lite s36 hole have held under some serious abuse by me. I would recommend them for what you do...
XT is best value alone with Sram x.7 I don't use shimano anymore
How much is ideal for a fork for you to spend?
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Old 11-21-04, 12:23 PM
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I'd say $300 more or less for a fork... around $2-300 would be optimal but asking A LOT, so $400 is the ceiling.

Sram components good?
I am also thinking of upgrading to Disk brakes so I would like to get disk hubs and when the dough comes in, buy the brakes...that's if I coupld use disk hubs with V-brakes for a while.

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Old 11-21-04, 12:56 PM
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If you can find 03/04 XT disc hubs get them... they are pretty good. Another good value high end hubset is HopeXC ... highly recommended, as for rims, Mavic EX721 or Sun MTX is a good solution for heavy riders.

With respect to forks... Z1 or Am# series from marzocchi.

Now for the best bang for the buck,

Mavic F219 rims (dont know the new name... i guess it is XM321)

Fork : Marzocchi MXComp Coil.

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Math,

You have been spending to much time on ridemonkey. Kind of overkill for some basic street and commuting. ...

For a strong value fork look at getting a dj3. Would be perfect for what you are describing. Also the mx series or mz seires (not sure which I lost track of those a while ago)... Put some air into the preload and all will be good. I am pretty sure this fork is around 300$ american.

XT's on ryno lites would be ideal. Definately look for older xt's with the 6 hole hubs, otherwise there are adaptors available to convert.
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Old 11-21-04, 04:54 PM
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There is an MX comp on ebay for 150 buy it now... worth it?
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hey bud .. how much are you looking to get for that judy fork .. i would like to upgrade mine
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With the bike you have and your criteria. I would recommend upgrades in this order.

1) Fork
2) Wheels
3) Shifters/Derailleurs.

The issue becomes a matter of economics.

For a decent fork, call Wheelworld. www.wheelworld.com and ask about their '03 Marzocchi Z1 on closeout. I just bought one for a buddy and installed it on his bike. On the website it's listed at $379, but in the latest issue of Mountain Bike Action the Ad has it at $329.00. I'd also go ahead and get the X-Tra Stiff springs for it as the stock springs are Mediums and rated for riders up to about 180 lbs.

Might be more than you want to spend, but it's a bombproof fork.

I will also recommend that regardless of what fork you buy, stick with a coil sprung for your weight and budget $ for the stiffer spring rates. (about $40-$50). The stiffer springs will make all the difference in performance!

The thing you've got to decide is if you want to spend $300 on a fork, then $250 on a wheelset, the $X00.00 on some other parts.

For around $800 you can buy a new KONA HOSS which is a XC bike specifically designed for Clydesdale Riders.http://www.konaworld.com/kw_index.cfm

I know you said you didn't want to spend a lot of money, but if you're already up to $500 +/- for a fork and wheelset, how much are you willing to invest.

I'd suggest selling the Trek "as-is" apply that $ and what your budget is for upgrades and buy a Kona Hoss.

Just something to think about!
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