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    Upgrading

    I've had a diamondback response XE for about a year.I feel that its time for an upgrade. I have about a 150 dollar budget. I have no idea where to start, so any help would be much appreciated.

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    That's a 300 dollar bike, so you should limit the amount of money your actually throw at it to make it better. Here are some Shimano wheels that are most assured better than the OEMs.
    Shimano WH-MT15 QR Centerlock Wheelset | Shimano | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

    You'll need a tool to remove the cassette.
    Park Tool FR-5C Lockring Remover | Park Tool | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

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    Might need new rotors with those centerlock wheels. I'm pretty sure the Response XE has 6-bolt rotors.

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    An upgrade to the current bike or upgrading to a new bike? Either way, $150 won't get you much. If you just want to upgrade the current bike you need to ask yourself what it is about the bike that is holding you back or what's not working as well as you'd like. I upgrade for three reasons:

    1. I break something so I try to replace it with a better part, unless it's already a really good part then I just replace it.

    2. I know something is junk so I get something better. Example, my new bike came with Avid Elixir brakes. I knew they weren't that good so I immediately replaced them with Shimano XT's.

    3. Personal preference...again, new bike had Shimano shifters and r/derailleur. I'm a SRAM fanboy. I immediately replaced everything with SRAM stuff.

    In your case, you might look at something simple that can make a decent improvement. Examples, new brake pads and/or cables and housings. Tires. Shifters. Derailleur cables/housing. Grips. Saddle. Again, try to figure out the short comings of the bike assuming everything works properly and upgrade accordingly. Or save up and get a better bike.
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    If you do go with the saddle option, make sure to get fit for one where they measure your sit bones.

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    Hmmm Diamondback usually specs all their bikes with WTB wolverine 2.2 comps? Im going to suggest new tires lighter and more specified to your trail conditions. Im sure the rims are not tubeless ready and its kind of a crap shoot setting those up tubeless. Soo just stick to the tubes.

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