Component upgrade advice for my 05 Rocky 26er HT
I have been riding this for a long time, got it at the LBS built a relationship etc and been back many times with them pointing me at the newer bikes. The thing is I love my bike and its lasted me more than I could have imagined. Its still completely stock aside from the bar ends and computer. I mostly ride on single track with lots of roots/rocks climbing and descents, just the usual trail. I am looking to begin upgrading components and am wondering where to begin, what would the biggest upgrade impact be item wise. I was thinking I would perhaps look at the wheels but have been told these Alex rims are pretty nice already. Anyway I welcome and thank you for your experienced advice. Here is a pic of earlier today before I got caught in one of those notorious Georgia thunderstorms.
Frame & Fork
Frame Construction TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material Easton 7005 Elite Taperwall
Fork Brand & Model Marzocchi EXR Pro, 105mm travel
Fork Material Aluminum, single crown
Rear Shock Not applicable
Component Group Mountain Mix
Brakeset Hayes Sole XC front/Hayes SOLE HD rear brakes, Hayes SOLE HD front/Hayes Sole XC rear levers
Shift Levers Shimano Deore
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Crankset RaceFace Ride XC
Pedals Shimano PD-M520 SPD
Bottom Bracket FSA
BB Shell Width Unspecified
Rear Cogs 9-speed
Chain Shimano CN-HG53, 1/2 x 3/32"
Handlebar Extensions Not included
Handlebar Stem Easton
Headset 1 1/8" threadless
Nice looking bike. All the components look nice, so you may want to just keep riding it the way it is. Don't know the weight of your wheels, but dropping weight there will make a big difference. Are you still happy with the fork?
I rode a ht for four years and thought I would never need a fs. After building a fs over last winter, the ht sees little use. You might appreciate a rear susp on the south loop, but maybe not - not everyone has the same preferences.
Tires are probably your biggest bang for buck upgrade. What are you running now. I don't see it specified in the component spec.
Hahaha, sweet picture man
Thank you for the comments. The fork has been great even though its missing some paint. On the other hand this is all I have ever known so its tough to compare to others but I have only gotten the bike cleaned and tuned without changing anything out or any work on the fork so I think it has provided great value so far. I have been reading up on the 29ers lately and am starting to get the itch , might go try one.
Hubs Front: Shimano HB-M475 disc, Rear: Shimano FH-M475 disc
Rims Front: Alex DP17, Rear: Alex DP-17, 32-hole
Tires 26 x 2.10" IRC Serac XC
Spoke Brand DT Swiss Champion stainless steel
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