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    trek 4100 upgrades

    hi yall, new to mtn biking and LOVING it!

    i bought a used '04 trek 4100... very entry level and after searching here, i see that it isnt really worth upgrading.

    but i wanted your opinion on upgrading the front shock to maybe a used rs dart 2 if i can find one cheap. would it be worth it? the 4100 comes with an insync 320 which i hear is pretty much crap. would the dart 2 be a viable option and how hard is it to install one? i am a good wrench but just a little new to bikes.

    as of now the bike is stock except new kool stop brake pads and some used shimano m545 i got cheap on ebay. prob wont do much else to upgrade it except maybe a used rd. otherwise ill ride it till i break it and then get a new new bike when i progress more ... that or keep this as my school bike and get a new fs someday

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    i bought a trek 4300 for my first bike and did a load of upgrades. then when i bought a better frame i used all of the upgrades from the cheep bike on the new one.

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    i was thinking of doing that too...but them im stuck on getting a frame and using the parts i upgraded on the previous frame... i was eyeing the sette ace for $999. seems like a killer price for the bike with great components....esp for a fs.

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    There is nothing wrong with reusing the upgrade parts on a new frame the advantage is that you get to build the bike the way you want it. As for the sette ace it look like a good frame and the components look decent for the price but you will still want to upgrade it is a illness and once you have it you cant get rid of it. Here is the evolution of my bikes so far still in progress.



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    this is after many upgrades.
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    Still upgrading getting xo shifter, x9 derailer ,Sram PG-990 9 Speed Cassette, 31.5 mm carbon bars ,chris king headset and i am eventually going to get a set of industry 9 wheels when i get the spar money



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    If I was you I would buy a completely different bike. Upgrading components is very expensive. You could look around on craigslist for a used higher end bike on craigslist for a fraction of the price. I bought my mountain bike locally off of a guy that was going to upgrade and got a pretty good deal. You can ask around at your local bike shops if anyone has a bike to sell. I would just avoid upgrading because it becomes very very expensive after a while. The upside is even though it is more expensive you could always buy a new frame and put the new parts on it at a later date. If you look around for deals on every part it could be relatively cheap as compared to buying them for msrp. Buying a used bike that hasn't been ridden much would still be the best bang for your buck though. Just be thorough when you inspect the bike.

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    moto, that is a sick bike! you're right, upgrading can be an illness and im sure ill get that bug! im already starting to feel it. lol. i like to tinker with my bike and u get a satisfying feeling when u build something yourself.

    that may be a viable option for now since im unemployed at the moment, and just slowly upgrade... BUT i will be getting married in a year or so, so im not sure how the wifey will take me constantly buying bike parts....so maybe a one shot deal with something like the sette ace will work. decision, decisions. ill just ride this bike as is for now, maybe do a few small upgrades for comfort. again, sick bike!

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    more upgrades just did last night.

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