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Old 03-29-06, 10:10 PM
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New bike or New parts?

I currently have a 2004 Fuji Bordeaux which I've owned for pretty much exactly 1 year. I love the bike and how it rides, but lately I've come up with a list of stuff to do to it but I'm not sure if its worth it. The first main things I want to do is get a new set of Campagnolo Zonda wheels (Save 2-300g, ~$500) and a carbon seat post (~$130). I would also like to make my triple a double (I live in Houston = super flat) and get a lighter crankset in the future. I love biking but I love having badass stuff even more.

All of these upgrades can easily cost over $1000. The problem is that I bought my bike new for $1000, so the fact that several parts on the bike cost more than the bike itself doesn't make too much sense. I talked to a trustworthy LBS owner and he told me not to really invest anything in my current frame (Al/Carbon stays) and to rather just go for a better frame (suggesting an all carbon bike). I understand what he is saying and I would love to do that, but I don't think my riding ability and saddle time is worth $3k just yet. What are yalls views on this?... go ahead and upgrade my bike parts or get a new bike? Granted I go the new bike route, I would have to sleep on it for about 3-4 months before I actually get a new ride and ride my beast as is in the meantime.

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If you decide it's better to upgrade the frame, why not by a Pedal Force carbon frame for $650, have the parts moved over to it and sell the Fuji on ebay?
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How much could I get for my frame/fork on ebay? A couple hundred bucks? would that even be worth it
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Well, if you pay $650 for the Pedal Force carbon, which is an amazing bargain to begin with and then get $200 back on your old frame, your net cost on the Pedal Force would be a pretty amazing $450. Sounds like it would be worth it to me. If you do a search for Pedal Force, you will find that a number of members have built and ride this frame with excellent results.
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Thanks for the suggestion blandin, I just did a quick search on some other riders' PFs and they seem like a killer deal. I might just go ahead and order the frame/fork and slowly build it up with new/old parts and keep the Fuji frame sitting around for a future rebuild to use as a backup/training bike.
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What's the motivation behind getting new wheels and seatpost?
Mainly for something new or weight savings?

Terrible waste of money if it is for the latter. Unless you're riding steel wheels. Your LBS told you to not invest anything in your AL/CF bike because they want to sell you that ultra bling all CF bike.

If you buy new wheels and a seatpost for your current bike, that will transfer to pretty much any other bike you buy later down the rode. Actually I can't think of much in terms of components that you can't transfer that would warrant that comment.

But hey if you trust your LBS...
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Ah, what the heck!!!

I'd just build a whole new bike with a frame and componentry of my personal choice. Then, I would still keep the old Fuji for my beater.

Everyone's gotta have at least one beater.
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yeah thats what the plan is for now Patriot.

operator - why would a seatpost and wheels upgrade be useless? My current seatpost is around 370 grams and my wheels are in the range of 1850-1900g. New wheels, tires, and seatpost would save me roughly one pound, give a more aero rim on the wheels, and absorb some shock with the carbon seatpost. I am also very partial to the look of the Zondas as they look sweet as hell while accomplishing what I'd want them to. Do you have any other suggestions besides those upgrades since those two seem to be a terrible waste of money?
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Buy the wheels. You can use them on any frame you want in the future, and its always good to have a spare set. Forget the seatpost. That would be a huge waste of money for virtually zero return. Personally I wouldn't waste the money on a different crankset either. As you said Houston is deadflat, so while you don't need a triple, the weight savings of changin to a double will hardly matter wither.
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