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Thread: help please!

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    help please!

    I have been riding for a number of years but lack specific knowledge with regards to newer technologies...
    I've got an older hard tail that needs some TLC:
    -forks: what is an economical replacement choice if my riding style is more XC than DH?
    -pedals: anything special to consider if I am NOT going to go clipless?
    -seat: what's the top-choice while still being cost-conscious?
    I think thats a good start...thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
    Cheers

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    I can't answer the first two, having a built in headshok (i've always perfered Rock Shox, but there are so many choices nowadays) and being a devoted clipless rider, but that last one I can put in my suggestion, you can get a nice Specialized saddle... go for one of the Body Geometry models. They're designed in conjunction with a urologist, to be easy on your "soft tissues" down there. Been riding one with good results on my commuting cx bike, and have a fancier one ("Avatar") coming in for my new mtb. Hope that helps.
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    thanks bc

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    What kind of bike do you have now? How much money do you want to spend in upgrades

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    I've got an old Klein Rascal. Obviously the biggest item (costliest?) is the front forks. I've got an old Manitou on there now...
    Overall budget would have to be about 250.00, pretty meager I know, but I just had a kid!
    Thanks for the interest.

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    How old is your old bike? If it is really old, you will need to know if it is the steereer tube 1 & 1/8" or 1"? Threaded or threadless?

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    will have to check...
    is it easy?

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    See if you can pick up a second hand pair of air sprung shocks. I recently put in a Fox RLC 100 in the front end. Significant weight saving and much better control.

    I reckon a second hand shock thats been well looked after is better than a cheaper new fork. Just my 2 cents though...
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    It has a 1" steer tube so a fork will have to out of the question at a $250 budget. For pedals & seat i would suggest going to the LBS & picking up there. Alot of times they have new parts that are take offs because people upgraded there new bike. You should be able to get pedals for about $25 & a seat for about $50. It probibly wouldnt hurt to replace cables & housing with what is left over.

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...teerer+06.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmhardy
    I have been riding for a number of years but lack specific knowledge with regards to newer technologies...
    I've got an older hard tail that needs some TLC:
    -forks: what is an economical replacement choice if my riding style is more XC than DH?
    -pedals: anything special to consider if I am NOT going to go clipless?
    -seat: what's the top-choice while still being cost-conscious?
    I think thats a good start...thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
    Cheers
    What do you mean by economical? Rock Shox has the Recon and Tora which are a good value, try to get the ones with motion control. Some online stores sometimes have some great deal on Fox Vanilla or others, so it would be a matter of searching.

    Seat- it depend on your (_Y_) .... I have used WTB Rocket V and Selle San Marcos Arami Gelaround, and I think both are pretty good to me, but for some it might be too narrow, too plush, to hard, etc..

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