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  1. #1
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    just got into mountain biking. bought a 2014 giant talon(27.5")

    just bought a talon a month ago and I'm just now understanding all the components and im wondering where to start with upgrades. i bought a race face bash guard, wellgo mg1 flat pedals and a pair of five tens

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    Minimal upgrades are needed past what you have done. Ride it until you get a good feeling then ride it harder. When it breaks it's time to upgrade.

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    I agree, you will not need to make any changes for at least two years. It wouldn't hurt to take apart the bike and put it back together so that you have a solid understanding of the components. Keep it clean and well oiled and your bike will last you many years.
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    Yep. Many people tend to try to upgrade their first bike too much, and it becomes waste of money. Changing things like saddles and handlebars are easy, and don't cost too much. But the small upgrades don't really make the bike perform all that much better. The problems start when you upgrade the things that really matter a lot. Upgrading to a high end wheelset for example can easily cost 2 to 3 times as much as you paid for your bike. Look at Enve wheels if you want a prime example of that. The Talon is a very respectable first bike, and the components, while they aren't top of the line, are still just fine. It'll be an excellent bike to learn on and you will progress fast. You also won't learn all the bad habits that some people develop when their first bike is an 8" downhill sled.

    Ride this one into the ground. Charge hard on it. Rather than spend lots of money on it. As you ride, try to notice all the things you like and don't like about the bike. That way, when you get into it even more, you'll have a better idea of what you want from your next bike.
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