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Itching to upgrade.....

Old 08-04-06, 08:13 PM
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Itching to upgrade.....

something on my 2005 Giro. The specs are:

Headset
VP AheadSet semi-integrated, 1 1/8" threadless

Handlebar
Deda Elementi Piega, Deda 4 Girls on 44cm size

Stem
Deda Elementi Linx, 90º

Brakes/Levers
Shimano 105 brakes / 105 STI levers

Crankset
Sugino 7000 Octalink, 39/53T or 30/42/52T

Bottom Bracket
Shimano 105 cartridge

Chain
Shimano

Cassette
SRAM, 12/26 9spd

Pedals
VP clipless, 2-sided Have Crank Bros Quattros

Wheels
Mavic Cosmos wheelset

Tires
Vittoria Rubino Tech, 700x23C

Derailleurs, r/f
Shimano 105 9spd / 105 31.8mm

Shifters
Shimano 105 STI

Saddle
Bianchi Velo Have a Sella Ottavia

Seatpost
Bianchi Componenti, 27.2mm Have a Thompson

What kind of feedback do you guys have on the Sugino crank and the 105 bottom bracket? What are some good upgrade components?
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Old 08-05-06, 09:33 AM
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anybody?
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Old 08-05-06, 10:16 AM
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Upgrade the engine. Change bike components that make the bike fit better.
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Old 08-05-06, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by johnny99
Upgrade the engine. Change bike components that make the bike fit better.

The engine is fine, besides thats not what I asked for advice on.....
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Aren't the bars too wide for you?
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Compact crank
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Old 08-05-06, 07:24 PM
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I'm having trouble visualizing.... got any pics?
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By far, the upgrade that will make the most difference is light wheels. Go find some Easron Orion II's on ebay for $500, or get some Mike Garcia DT Swis RR.1.1 wheels. You'll simply fly.
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I guess there must be something you're not satisfied with on your bike that's giving you the itch to upgrade? As you mentioned the crank, is there something about the crank that you don't like?
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Start with..

rotating weight first. Lighter tires/tubes. Then go for the wheelset next. BB and crank might be where I'd go after that...
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Originally Posted by mayukawa
I guess there must be something you're not satisfied with on your bike that's giving you the itch to upgrade? As you mentioned the crank, is there something about the crank that you don't like?

No.....nothing in particular. I'm just the kind of guy that never leaves well enough alone be it my car or my truck and now my bike.

Any suggestions on a compact crank? Brands to consider?
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Old 08-05-06, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by pigmode
Aren't the bars too wide for you?

Why do you say that? They seem fine, width wise. I was always told slightly wider is better as it opens up the chest area and makes breathing easier and more productive.
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