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Looking to upgrade my Ridley Finix SL 50

Old 05-23-18, 11:23 AM
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Looking to upgrade my Ridley Finix SL 50

Hi, new here and to bike mechanics. I've recently picked up cycling and have fallen in love with the sport and like any infatuated novice, I want the best bike I can afford.

I got this bike last year (see link) and totally love it however, I'm looking to upgrade some of it's components.

I have 500$ to invest in some upgrades but given my lack of knowledge of bike mechanics, not sure where those funds would be best spent.

Looking for some recommendations

PS. Given this is my first post, can't post links.
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Old 05-23-18, 12:36 PM
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With only $500, I think your best option is to get a nicer/lighter set of wheels and some nice tires. Otherwise, you have a pretty solid Shimano 105 level bike and changing the groupset or other touch points would primarily just save you weight.
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Thanks for the reply @jch3n

Actually, i don't have a full 105 Shimano set - You'll notice below that that the Crank & Rings, Brakes and Bottom Bracket are not Shimano.
Would completing the set to Shimano make a noticeable impact?


Frame: Ridley Fenix SL HM carbon
Fork: Fenix SL HM carbon
Stem: 4ZA Stratos 31.8mm
Seatpost: 4ZA Stratos
Headset: FSA NO. 42-ACB
Handlebars:4ZA Stratos 31.8mm
Grips/tape: 4ZA Cork
Brakes: 4ZA (caliper rim)
Brake levers: Shimano 105
Shifters: Shimano 105
Derailleur (front): Shimano 105
Derailleur (rear): Shimano 105
Crank + rings: FSA Gossamer Pro 50-34T
Bottom bracket: FSA PF30
Cassette: Shimano 105 11-speed 11-32T
Chain: KMC X11
Tires: Mavic Yksion Elite Guard 700 x 25
Wheel: Mavic Aksium Elite
Saddle: 4ZA
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The Gossamer Pro crankset is a perfectly fine crankset, IMO. Changing to a Shimano 105 or Ultegra crank might get you *slightly* smoother front shifting and maybe save a small amount of weight. Shimano brakes are top notch though. 105 or Ultegra brakes would probably make a noticeable difference in braking performance.
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So 500$ can't get you much interns of a performance boost from what I am gathering... I have absolutely increased my own physical ability over the last year, was hoping to do the same for the bike however, if 500$ will only get you marginal gains than I guess I’ll keep my money.
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You have a good bike. It's likely not holding you back much if at all. I still think a lighter and wider set of wheels is worthwhile. Beyond that, you'll probably need to shed a bunch of component weight to notice any dramatic difference, which requires much more than $500.
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Thanks for all the advice. I'll look into some wheels later this year.
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