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Top 5 upgrades for entry level bike?

Old 06-26-04, 08:16 PM
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Top 5 upgrades for entry level bike?

With a trek 1000, what are the top five or so upgrades that would really make a difference in the ride? Give me anything from clipless pedals, fork, seatpost, components, wheels, etc. Which are the most important before moving on to a better bike?
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Originally Posted by boston310
With a trek 1000, what are the top five or so upgrades that would really make a difference in the ride? Give me anything from clipless pedals, fork, seatpost, components, wheels, etc. Which are the most important before moving on to a better bike?

What year Trek 1000 are you talking about? With the newer ones, I'd go with clipless pedals and the saddle you like best. I saw a guy on a new one this April. It was light and much better than my 2002 Trek 1000.
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Originally Posted by boston310
With a trek 1000, what are the top five or so upgrades that would really make a difference in the ride? Give me anything from clipless pedals, fork, seatpost, components, wheels, etc. Which are the most important before moving on to a better bike?
Howdy:

I think for me the 3 that I think would be most important are:
1. Seat.
2. Fork.
3. Seat Post.

If you're more comfortable, you'll ride more and enjoy more.

See ya on the roads.
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How about more miles, and harder workouts?
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Originally Posted by Smoothie104
How about more miles, and harder workouts?

Thats not a bike upgrade and not helpful.





I suggest clipless pedals, they're a huge improvement. They work more muscles and let you go harder and faster.
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1) Lighter wheels and tires, makes climbing so much nicer.
2) Tiagra or better STI shifters, cassette, and chain. The SORA thumb buttons are more difficult to use, plus you get 9 speeds.
3) Clipless pedals and cycling shoes. You'll (potentially) pedal much more efficiently.
4) Carbon fork. Lighter and more forgiving ride.
5) Cycle computer with Cadence. Let you know if you're spinning or mashing.
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Thank you for all the reponses. I appreciate the input. I am first a marathoner, but you can't get as much cool stuff and go as far running. I think that I could really get into this. I might even try some tri's sometime in the future. I'm psyched about all of this. Thanks again.
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Old 06-26-04, 10:47 PM
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oh, and Dchief, its a 2004
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1. saddles... comfy seats allow you to ride more
2. wheelset... lighter wheels spin easier... better hubs keep em spinnin


evrythingelse is fine
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Agree with new shifters, pedals, cassette, chain. Those Sora shifters are a pain.


Do you need a triple crank? If not, change it to a decent double.
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With a trek 1000, what are the top five or so upgrades that would really make a difference in the ride? Give me anything from clipless pedals, fork, seatpost, components, wheels, etc. Which are the most important before moving on to a better bike?
For general comfort;
Clipless pedals
Saddle
Fork
Bars/tape (you may be happy with the stock setup)
Good riding gear (nice shorts, jersey, helmet, gloves, shoes, etc).

For performance (not so much to go faster but just to change the feel of the bike)
Wheels/tires
Clipless pedals
Upgrade to at least Tiagra for the shifters/cassette/RD
Saddle
Fork

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1. Clipless pedals
2. wheels
3. wheels
4. wheels
5. grouppo

clipless pedals are a realy nice addition and make things a little more efficient.
lighter wheels will be the most noticable change as it is rotating weight.
i would rather ride the sora components until they die and then completely replace them with 105 or higher shimano or centaur or higher campag.
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Originally Posted by BlastRadius
1) Lighter wheels and tires, makes climbing so much nicer.
2) Tiagra or better STI shifters, cassette, and chain. The SORA thumb buttons are more difficult to use, plus you get 9 speeds.
3) Clipless pedals and cycling shoes. You'll (potentially) pedal much more efficiently.
4) Carbon fork. Lighter and more forgiving ride.
5) Cycle computer with Cadence. Let you know if you're spinning or mashing.

5) Cycle computer with Cadence. Let you know if you're spinning or mashing.[/QUOTE]
**** funny. Eat more sugar, spin faster, spin spin sugar..

GOOD tires.
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Old 06-28-04, 03:30 PM
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Pedals - look for float if your form isn't great (save your knees).

Computer with cadence.

Good jersey(s) that will wick sweat away.

Shorts with good pads

Shoes to go with those pedals.
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Old 06-30-04, 09:05 PM
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Sell the 1000 and upgrade to a new bike.

The Trek 1000 sells for $600+ if I'm not mistaken. If you upgrade to lighter wheels you're looking at $200 - $400 easily for good wheels.

Put on a carbon fork: another $200 plus a new headset and stem if you decide to go to threadless. Not necessary but an option.

Change shifters $150.

Change from triple to double cranks $100. (most likely have to change BB)

Now we're looking at a bike that started off at $600 and is somewhat upgraded for $1000 - $1200 and you still have lower end derailluers, brake calipers, bars and stem.

Best bet is to either ride this one like it is and save for a new one or sell this one and put the extra money towards a full Shimano 105 grouped bike with a carbon fork. You can find these for $850 - $1200. Check out Felt, Giant, and Specialized to name a few. What about the next two levels in TREK?

This happens all to often where I live. People get a new bike that is in their price range and then start to upgrade and spend more than if they had bought a better equipped bike in the beginning. I know because I did it once.

Good luck with your decision.




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Full Dura Ace / Carbon Bars, fork, seat post, seat stays
American Classic 420 wheels
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clipless pedals
new stem

...or maybe just get new pedals and ride this bike while saving up for a new one. economics is weird like that :S
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in no particular order....clipless pedals, a new seat if you are unhappy with the stock one, a near rear derailleur, tires specific to what kinda of riding you plan on doing. hmnm, probably a computer too...they are nice...
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Old 07-01-04, 02:37 AM
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TO add to all the sugestions, good after sales service is a must.
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As many before have suggested once you are ready, try some clipless pedals & shoes. Otherwise, just because it is an entry level bike does not mean that suddenly it requires a whole lot of upgrading. "Serious" upgrades (groupset & other maor components) are not really economical for bikes like ours. Please understand, I certainly don't mean to sneer at your bike - both my road bikes are similar, Sora equipped machines. Upgrades have resulted from the need to replace worn-out components (wheels, saddle) and then, only when I was able to find very good deals on the items required. A good engine counts for so much more....

You have a good bike that will help you learn whether you are going to love cycling and to learn about cycling, and will give many 1000's of good miles if you do. Most important is to make sure you have a good, comfortable riding position (some bike shops will fit you & set your bike up with you, plus there is plenty of info on the WWW).

Happy riding,

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