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    What changes to a specialised stumpjumper?

    So I have a 2009 full sus 26" specialised stumpjumper. I ride around melbourne on a variety of technical rocky single track, and fast flowing forestry single track. I'm not a downhiller at this point, although I do ride down when the trail goes down!

    I'm about 6'3" and 90 kg. I've had the bike from new, and aside from servicing, and new tyres (now running rocket rons and racing ralph on the rear) it is basically the same as it was when bought...

    I want to upgrade it. I have considered a new bike, but finances are a little tight as we are expecting our first kid soon!

    What should I change, and how much is over investment...? I'd like o make the bike lighter...

    I was considering new rims... I could probably justify spending about $1000 (us and Aus dollars are approx the same at the moment). A new frame???

    Cheers, tom
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    Is there anything obviously wrong with the bike? - I would probably say a nice new lightweight wheelset ZTR Crests on Hope pro II's and the brakes could be better (never been a fan of Avid juicy's) these would probably give you the most noticeable improvement within your budget range (is yours the Expert version) - the drivetrain is not the most modern and you could also look there to upgrade but I would do so if it is worn out.

    Making bikes lighter and being on a budget are usually mutually exclusive A mate of mine is on the 2006 Stumpy FSR Expert - pretty much stock and it is a great ride; not the lightest frame in the world but not too bad for an older full sus. Going to cost a lot more than $1000 me thinks to get a significantly lighter frame / fork of the same quality

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    Service the suspension components as well as your linkage bearings. There are lots of things that can be done. Switching out the cockpit can change how a bike feels. Short stems and wide bars are the trend. Spend 400-500 on some wheels and you should be set.
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    Thanks guys, forgot to say its the elite. Nothing wrong per say, I just fancy giving it a bit of love without spending too much! I do find it a little sluggish, but reading all the reviews it sounds like this is the nature of the beast.

    A new set of rims (going tubeless) maybe a step forward..

    Would a shorter stem and wider bars make it feel sharper?
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    Maybe strip the frame for a raw aluminum look? Plus it will shed a few grams of paint.

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    I have the same year stumpy. Lighter wheels would make a noticeable difference. I have to say though, my favorite "upgrade" has been getting a dropper post.

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    I have an 08 Stumpy Expert FSR. I've been slowly upgrading it lately. It's been a great bike for me. Very comfortable smooth bike.

    So far I have put a shorter stem and wider bars on it and new wheels. The DT Swiss wheels that came on it kinda suck, reel flexy and the free hub went out on me. Stiffer lighter wheels made a reel difference. Shorter stem and wider bars make it handle a lot better. Although I kinda wish I had gone with carbon bars instead of aluminum. My next project is to upgrade the drivetrain to 2x10. I'm going to go with XT shifters and M786 rear derailleur. I'm leaving the brakes alone for now, the Juicy 7s have always worked just fine for me.

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    Thanks all. Yes a dropper post would be fun, and I think new rims will not be far off, but I've just been told that my shimano slr brakes are dying, so my need attention shortly, possibly replacing with xt? Any thoughts?
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