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    Upgrade?

    Hello Folks,
    Ok, new to Mountain biking. Purchased a Trek 4300 and have been riding every weekend at Local park, (Markham, Ft Lauderdale), I see lots of bikes with Disc Brakes and read lots about upgraing forks, headsets, bars, derailers etc. My question, should I even be concerned about upgrading @ this point and if so what would be a good first upgrade? Forks, go with Disc, Derailer?
    Here are the Bike specs;

    http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...4_series/4300/

    Thanks in advance for the input.

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    Upgrading is a very slippery slope. Once you start it seems like everytime you look at your bike you want to get a new something. Saying that dont upgrade anything mechanicly right now, fork and whatnot, concentrate on contact points. Seat, grips, pedals, tires. These parts will defenitly increase your bike enjoyment. If you want better brakes get you a set of Kool stop dual compound mtn brake pads, wow they are 100 times better than stock rim break pads. I like them better than my freinds disc.

    Right now just ride. Dont upgrade componets untile they break then make modest upgrades. No need to stick top of the line parts on an entry level bike. You will end up with more in upgrades than in the bike. Stick with contact upgrades and look into those brake pads.

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    I agree about the v-brakes, I gots Kool stops and they get the job done. I tend to mess around with tires as well, the web may reveal some good deals and this can change your ride somewhat. Maybe try a fatter, knobbier tire in front for starters, just get one that seems reasonable and well reviewed.

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    Thanks,

    Kool Stop.....they get rave reviews. Think I'll pick up a set, as for pedals.... Mine take a beating! They're half black and half silver from the digs. Not to mention I'm sliiping off as much as I'm staying on. Which raises the questions, Platform or clippless. I like the idea of clippless but needing to clip in and out for me (a confident beginner) may be a pain in the posterior, not to mention the shoes. Any suggestions on a decent set of pedals, either clipless or Platform?
    Thanks again for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthBiker
    Kool Stop.....they get rave reviews. Think I'll pick up a set, as for pedals.... Mine take a beating! They're half black and half silver from the digs. Not to mention I'm sliiping off as much as I'm staying on. Which raises the questions, Platform or clippless. I like the idea of clippless but needing to clip in and out for me (a confident beginner) may be a pain in the posterior, not to mention the shoes. Any suggestions on a decent set of pedals, either clipless or Platform?
    Thanks again for the advice.

    As far as pedals go, clipless id look at the shimano m520 as they are eaisily adjustable and very affordably priced and platforms id just look at some of the pedals with the replacable pins -seems wellgo makes some pretty good ones.

    Either way you go you will need to pair them with a good set of shoes. In that area there are a multitude of good clipless shoes just make sure you get a pair of spd compatible ones, as far as platform shoes the 5 10's have a huge following on this site however i beleive a cheap pair of skate shoes from walmart work well.

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    while we are on the subject of upgrades instead of making a new thread i will just ask it here. How can i upgrade tires to match the type of trails i ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by zbmoss
    while we are on the subject of upgrades instead of making a new thread i will just ask it here. How can i upgrade tires to match the type of trails i ride

    Kinda hard question without seeing or knowing the terrain you ride. Look at whats on all the other experienced riders bikes next time your on the trails.

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