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    Hope Newbie at mtb

    Hey all, Im just new to mountain bikes, and I just bought a Jamis Trail x3. I know that for thr price i paid maybe I could have something better, but here in Mexico other optiones were very expensive. But thats not the point.

    I would like to ask what would you recommed changing to my bike for better perfomance.

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    btw here are the SPECIFICATIONS
    Frame

    6061 aluminum main tubes, over-sized seat tube, replaceable derailleur hanger

    Fork

    RST Blaze TNL, MCU/coil spring with Turn-n-Lock lock-out and external preload adjustor, 100mm travel

    Headset

    VP threadless, 1 1/8"

    Wheels

    Alex TD25 double-wall disc-specific rims with reinforced spoke bed, powder coated, 32H, alloy 6-bolt disc hubs with QR, 14g black stainless steel spokes

    Tires

    Jamis TX, 26 x 1.95"

    Derailleurs

    Shimano Acera M360 rear and Acera M310 34.9mm top pull front

    Shiftlevers

    Shimano Acera M310, 8-speed

    Chain

    KMC HG40

    Cassette

    Shimano CS-HG30, 8-speed, 11-32T

    Crankset

    Shimano M311, alloy crank arms, 42/32/22 rings, 170mm

    BB Set

    Sealed cartridge, 68 x 122.5mm

    Pedals

    ATB platform, hi-impact resin cage & body

    Brakeset

    Tektro HDC-300 hydraulic disc brakes with 6" rotors

    Handlebar

    Jamis XC riser, 6 sweep x 13mm rise x 620mm

    Stem

    Jamis XC alloy threadless, 10 rise x 90mm (13-15"), 100mm (17"), 110mm (19") and 120mm (21")

    Grips

    Kraton for trigger-shift

    Seat Post

    Jamis OS alloy micro-adjust, 31.6 x 350mm with alloy QR clamp

    Saddle

    Jamis ATB Sport with pressure relief channel, SL cover, protective front and rear guards

    thnx

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    Have you ridden it yet? The obvious things are suspension, brakes, wheels/tires, cockpit. I suggest riding it the way it is and it will become obvious what needs to be changed.

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    ^ That is good advice. Do a little bit of riding on it and make a list of things that you think should perform better. Usually the things that will be highest on the list are suspension, wheels, and shifters/derailleurs. Be aware that many of the upgrades will cost nearly as much as your complete bike though. A decent front fork can easily cost over $300 used. But don't let that discourage you. You will be able to get upgrades over time
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    Ride it and see how it does first. If it isn't broke, don't fix it until it does, and then upgrade parts as you go.
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    Work on your skills. If your a beginner YOU are the weak link. Educate yourself on proper form and how to actually ride the bike. It's not as cut and dry as most people think. Oh yeah, a gym membership too. Fitness+strength+skills........than upgrade the bike. My .02

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    just looking at specs, id change the pedals and the tires. im loving my Shimano Saint pedals and Nevegal tires
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