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    I need help replacing parts on my k2 zed 3.0

    This is what I have...

    DRIVETRAIN

    Shifters - Shimano Deore Rapidfire Plus
    Front Derailleur - Shimano Deore
    Rear Derailleur - Shimano Deore
    Crank - Truvativ Isoflow, 22/32/44T
    Cassette - SunRace, 11-32T
    Bottom Bracket - Sealed Cartridge
    Chain - KMC Z9000
    WHEELS
    Rims - Ritchey double-wall
    Hubs - Ritchey, 32 black stainless spokes per wheel
    Tires - WTB Mutano velociraptor 26x2.1"
    FRAME SET
    Frame - Reflex Mountain, 7005 aluminum, replaceable hanger and disc brake mount
    Fork-Front Suspension - 80 mm travel, with adjustable preload, aluminum crown and lowers
    Headset - 1-1/8" threadless
    COMPONENTS
    Saddle - WTB Speed V Sport
    Seatpost - Aluminum microadjust, 350 mm
    Stem - Ritchey
    Brake Levers - Tektro RS-360
    Brakes - Tektro
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    And i would like to completely redo the brakes and shifters. as well as both derailleurs. any help would be nice thankyou in advance

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    I would also like to know how easy it would be to get pedals with shoe clips ans what kind I should get

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    Matt - for what it would cost you to upgrade all the stuff you want, you would very likely be better off purchasing an entire used bike that already has the parts you want on it.

    What are you hoping to spend total?

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    ^I agree - abort the upgrades and go with a newer, lighter bike. I came to that realization halfway reading through your upgrade list. Better money spent. You'll get decent coin Craigslisting your K2, due to the condition it's in($200?).
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Re: I need help replacing parts on my k2 zed 3.0

    Id just ride it as is. If things aren't operating smoothly, it prob needs maintenance

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    OP, the metal parts of V-brakes are pretty hard to screw up. I don't think you'd see a lot of improvement replacing the original Tektro parts unless something is screwed up.

    The brake pads do matter, however. Get some Kool Stop Salmon (or you may have to do mixed compound, that's fine too) pads and be happy. They also need to be installed correctly. There are instructions around the 'net.

    If your brake cable housings are messed up, it'll hurt the performance of your brakes. You'd be able to tell visually, but you may need to look closely.

    You have nice shifters and derailleurs, so the same stuff applies - make sure there's no damage, make sure the housings are in good shape, do a tuneup.

    I like parktool.com for clear, well-photographed instructions for pretty much everything. If your chain, cassette or chain rings are worn out, your bike will shift like ass. So make sure that's not the case before you get started.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Why do you feel you need to replace components? What issues ae you having?

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