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    Upgrade for stiffness, fork or wheels?

    I have a 2013 Stumpy expert 29 which I love, it's a fantastic bike. The only place it falls down is in front end stiffness. It has Roval control trail wheelset and fox 32 talas ctd 130/105 fork.

    I'm looking at upgrading either the wheels or the fork, depending on which one will make the most difference. The wheels I would get are the Roval control trail SL (carbon) and as for the fork, I like the look of the new RS Pike when it becomes available.

    Any opinions on which upgrade will make the most notable difference?
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    wheels, of course. you already got excellent fork.

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    Re: Upgrade for stiffness, fork or wheels?

    I know it's a good fork, I'm not questioning that. It is flexy however, and I want to stiffen up my front end, and would like to know which upgrade would make more difference in terms of stiffness.

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    Wheels all the way. Unless you are ditching suspension, then buy a steel or good carbon fork.
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    I had a 12 SJ FSR. While I like what the Fox 34 140mm did for it, I will say the ONLY reason I bought it before wheels was that the owner of my LBS was selling his.
    I asked more as a joke than anything serious and he said make me an offer. I low balled because that's all I had and not expecting a yes and he said yes. So I had a new fork.

    If I had to pay retail it would have been wheels especially if those $1200 Rovals had been out.
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    Is your front hub 15mm? If not, then a new fork and a front wheel that accepts the larger axle size. If you already have the larger axle, then certainly the carbon hoops that you've mentioned, like the above responses have said.

    Good luck!

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    $1200 Specialized Roval Control 29 carbon wheels . Put the savings over the SLs toward the fork.

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    Re: Upgrade for stiffness, fork or wheels?

    Excellent, thanks for the responses, looks like it's definitely wheels then! A set of the carbon Rovals will probably shave a significant amount of weight too, double bonus.

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    Stem.

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    Get a bike built out of H beam with a fork also made out of H beam.
    These discussions about stiffness are hilarious and ridiculous at the same time.

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    Re: Upgrade for stiffness, fork or wheels?

    Thanks for the input mate, it must be awesome being as knowledgeable a you.

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    I thought your stock setup was as good as you could go with regards to stiffnes, I dont think the carbon rovals are going to be that much stiffer, just lighter, but maybe im wrong. Are you some kind of redbull rampage level rider or a very stout clyde? 29er wheels will never be as stiff as the equivalent 26 inch wheelset although as that quality level the flex on your wheelset should be pretty hard to feel, that is if you are a human and not a lab machine.

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    Re: Upgrade for stiffness, fork or wheels?

    There is considerable noticeable flex, and I notice it more in the front end. This is the reason I was questioning fork or wheels. This is the first 29er I've had, so coming from a bike with very stiff 26" wheels it can be off putting and detracts from my style of riding.

    The stumpy that I test rode was the s-works model, this had the carbon wheels and the difference it makes is not just noticeable, it is exceptional. I guess that probably answers my question, but I was just looking for more opinion from people that may have made these upgrades.

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    OK, some real options.
    Headset, stem, bars, wheelbuild/spoke tension/spoke count.
    Far more likely than your fork IMO.

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