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    What would you do? Upgrade or new bike?

    I currently have a Novara Aspen 24sp w/26" wheels. I bought it used a few years ago to ride around in college and since scored some ebay parts, so it now has shimano hydraulic disk brakes, gel seat, clip in pedals and a newer front wheel since I bent the last one.

    I moved to Roswell recently and have started riding some trails in the area. But I am at a point now where the drive-train has some slip in the cassette, the tires are worn, the chain is probably well past worn, and the crank sprockets are looking worn. Also it has a Gila T7 front fork which doesn't seem to be that great.

    My question is, if I buy a bike for 500-800 it seems I will be right back where I started, just with newer gear.

    But if I put a couple hundred in the drive-train, and a couple hundred in a new fork. I can start getting components that you don't find until the $1,000+ bikes.


    So is the Novara 6061 aluminum frame a good point to build, and I should just start upgrading the worn points. Or would I really see much benefit by buying a new bike around $1,000?

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    I;d say get a new bike. I was in similar place and got an Airborne Goblin XO. However for about $100 what about this: Goblin

    Airborne Bicycles. Cross Country 29"

    You could also look at bikes at Bikes direct.

    In my opinion if you buy "brand name" you pay lots more for the name.

    I believe you get better components for the same money if you go off brand.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by drjay9051 View Post
    I believe you get better components for the same money if you go off brand.
    It has always been like that. Also, for 800-1000 you can get a very decent brand new bike, so I'd probably just buy a new one instead of upgrading. It's up to you, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hilljason88 View Post
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    So is the Novara 6061 aluminum frame a good point to build, and I should just start upgrading the worn points. Or would I really see much benefit by buying a new bike around $1,000?
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    I moved to Roswell recently and have started riding some trails in the area. But I am at a point now where the drive-train has some slip in the cassette, the tires are worn, the chain is probably well past worn, and the crank sprockets are looking worn. Also it has a Gila T7 front fork which doesn't seem to be that great.
    casettte $25 Bicycle Cassettes and Freewheels - Mountain Bike Cassettes - AAWYEAH Bikes and Bicycle Parts
    chain $15 amazon
    tires - depends on what you ride but pretty cheap
    crank with chainrings $37 Shimano Acera FC-M361 Crankset 175mm - AAWYEAH Bikes and Bicycle Parts

    good used forks on eby in the $200 range

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    Re: What would you do? Upgrade or new bike?

    If I become good enough to assemble and tune my own bike, I'll probably just buy the specific components that I want.

    But I would still have to sell the old one as a complete bike. I'm not sure how I would be able to sell old, low-end (and probably worn out) components that nobody else want.

    Mean time, it's more practical for me (as a beginner) to just buy a new one whenever the time comes that I need to upgrade.
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    You could buy a new one and use the old as a loaner ,learner by that I mean to work on bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitzikatzi View Post
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