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Old 03-02-13, 09:16 PM   #1
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Best parts upgrade in past 12 months.

Starting off, this is not to be a wheelsize debate.

Name the one upgrade that has made the best impression on you. It's easily the rigid fork for me now that I've got the small details dialed in.
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I didn't actually get it in the mail yet, but I Know it's going to be my Hilo seat-post. We don't have any big hills around here, so you have to either suffer poor seat height 1/2 of your ride, or stop at the top and bottom of the hill every 10 minutes to adjust your seat height. The telescopic post is gonna make a huge difference in my riding.
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Tubeless (on my new not to be mentioned 29'er bike). i bought the Stans kit yesterday and installed this morning. first ride this afternoon. nice difference in ride quality and traction. lowered the pressure to around 25 front 27 rear. i could probably go lower but that was about right per the guidelines on stan's website. i only have a little over 20 trail miles on these but made a very good first impression.

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Harbor Freight gram scale. Went all weight-weenie on the 303R last year - - relacing lighter rims with butted spokes, featherweight saddle, lighter fork. Shaved over 3 lbs. from the porker and improved its character overall. Stopped shy of a Ti spring but only because I couldn't find one at the price I wanted to pay. Still looking but the first money this season is going to Renthal bits and Minion DHFs.

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replaced the 6" front rotor on my xc bike with an 8" ---- brakes are '06 era XTR's with centerlock mounting ---

bikie is a 4" travel XC/marathon type bike (Santa Cruz Superlight), but i really appreciate not having to set the brakes up in full "lockdown mode" like i did with the 6" rotors -- the bigger ones have more power with a better feel at the lever for modulating (i like a very slightly spongy lever feel in the first few mm's of lever travel -- this works great with 8" -- not so good with the 6" rotor where i had to set it up at full lockdown with the slightest finger pressure to get any power out of it

----- to a bike guy, the big rotor does look a tad out of place on a 25 lb bike, but my MX buddies think its trick as hell
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Most noticeable difference, moving to a light Fox F-100 from a heavy Manitou Axle fork. Next, going to tubeless tires on Mavic (817's I think). Third, moving from Alivio level to LX level derailers.
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Moving from Kenda Kinipton 2.3s to schwalbe marathon 1.5s.
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Dropper post and Crank Bros Iodine carbon handlebar on my Kona Satori last year. The seatpost and super-wide bar made made everything so much easier. I can never go back to a bar narrower than 750mm.
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I went back to full suspension.

I went from a Titus RacerX (26" version) to a fully rigid single-speed. Loved that, but then bought a Specialized Stumpjumper EVO R (carbon frame, 1x10 drive train, weighed about 21.5 lbs), and thought that was the best bike for the Boise foothills.

Borrowed a buddy's full-suspender on a quick lunch-time ride, and said "Oh yeah! THAT is what it used to feel like on a suspended bike!", and bought a Salsa Spearfish 2 the next weekend.

Sold the single-speed, and think I am gonna sell the Stumpjumper. I just don't see any scenario where I WON'T choose the Salsa.

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(To do what I was supposed to in this thread, I bought a RockShox Monarch RT shock, and them some other stuff to bolt that shock to. )

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