I'm a fairly new rider and recently got a new bike a KTM L Sport 26
I'm from the Czech Republic so bear in mind the bike probably isnt available in the US or any other part of Europe really It was a pain in the ass to get it here aswell And I ended up paying a whopping 620 Eur ( nearly 830 Usd or 530 Gbp ) which I later relised was allot for a bike with mostly Shimano Alivio components accept for the rear derailleur which is an SLX
So anyway Ive had it for about a month now and rode over 300 Km (about 180 miles) and Im loving it allot The frame is gorgeous and the tires (Continental Raceking 2.0 ) are an extreme upgrade from my previous bike
Back to the topic then -> when I was picking it I was doing tons of research to get the best bang for my buck, so now I think Im pretty knowladeable about parts,etc. but no experience on the mecanichal part sadly (or luckily ) yet So anyway my friend has this pretty good bike. The frame is so so,but the parts are all Deore XT's with the exception of the rear derailleur which is an SLX like mine but 3 years older. Which comes down to the facr that he bought the bike second hand of e-bay. The dude selling it had it from new ( 3 years ago when it was current ) and apparently done only 200 miles on it just going to work and back (which he probably did,since the tires are bearly touched). But it all falls down to the price (which suprised me a bit to be honest) since he only paid 300 Euros ( about 415 USD or 250 GBP). He's been giving me a hard time sice, and keeps coming up with sh*t that his derailleur's and flickers are better and that
To be honest I don't mind, since I'm still in love with my KTM L Sport 26 and it's everything I ever asked for But down the line I plan on upgrading it (a year,maybe two it really depends when stuff starts breaking since I don't want to change brand new parts ) So I have three questions ->
1. What parts are worth upgrading ? I deffinitly want to upgrade both derailleurs and the flickers to atleast Deore XT's or maybe even XTR's. Price is not the issue, but a nice bonus if kept low
2. How hard is it to upgrade these things with a basic toolkit ? Since I've never upgraded my bike (or had anything to upgrade for that matter ). I've watched a tonnage of YouTube vids of "how to's" for upgrading parts like deraillerus adn tuning them and I think I could handle it, it's just that if it does go wrong, I don't have a local bike shop to go to
3.How long do parts usually last ? (check the spec sheet which I will post below this question )
Thanks everyone for you're contributions! Here's the promised spec sheet ->
Frame : alu 6061
Fork : Suntour SF13-XCM MLO
Gears : 27
Front derailleur : Shimano Alivio
Flickers : Shimano Alivio with Rapidfire
Rear derailleur : Shimano SLX
Crankset : Shimano M371
Bottom bracket : Shimano UN26 BSA
Rims: Ryde Taurus 2000
Tyres : Continental Race King 2.0
Thanks again !
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