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    What should be my next step?

    I started mountain biking in march. I have a 2013 raleigh talus 4.0 I've done a few cross country races with poor results. I'm unsure on upgrading components or buying a new bike. I'm looking at a specialized carve pro 29. But unsure if I should buy a new bike or just upgrade my raleigh which is a 26

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    Also is it cheaper to build a bike from scratch with what you want on it?

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    No, it would not be cheaper to build a bike from scratch, but you'd get exactly what you want.

    Do you plan to race with this bike?

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    Yes I plan in racing the bike but I didn't know if upgrading stuff on my current bike would make such a difference compared to a higher end bike

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    You'd have about the same amount of fun but faster I guess. I'd just stick with that bike for a while race til you get some better result. Switching out for lighter faster tires would make more difference than a new HT frame. I race a few times and had the most fun when I race with my big bike.

    You can drop 2-3 lbs quickly by just switching to lighter tires and convert to tubeless. If you are a serious racer then it's worth to drop some cash into a good racing machine.

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    Thanks for the advice. What is a good place I look for wheels?

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    Also would changing deraileurs, cranksets, and cassettes make a big difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnboy97 View Post
    Thanks for the advice. What is a good place I look for wheels?

    What's your budget, there's one with your name on it from $200 to $1500.

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    Also would changing deraileurs, cranksets, and cassettes make a big difference?
    No, no and may be.

    If you have a decent cranksets it would not make a huge difference and you can't feel the 100g difference on the crank either. Cassette, if you are getting the same range for example, 11-36 then you would feel any difference.

    Derailleur, well the difference in performance comes from shifter. There's no difference in SLX shifter/der and SLX shifter and XTR der, but you can definitely feel the performance boost with XTR shifter and SLX der.

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    Don't really know where I am with budget. I just got my first job and plan on doing all this in the course of a couple of months. Where can I find those wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnboy97 View Post
    Thanks for the advice. What is a good place I look for wheels?
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    Don't really know where I am with budget. I just got my first job and plan on doing all this in the course of a couple of months. Where can I find those wheels?
    Take your time here's the link for the wheels you can start on that.
    The Largest Selection of Mountain & Road Bicycle Wheels at Incredible Prices

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    Thank you. I appreciate it

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    Jensen USA, Blue sky are great too. Next step up would be hand built wheel I like Dave Thomas speed dream. The price ranging from 450ish to 1000 but good wheels. Custom bicycle wheels handbuilt by Dave's Wheels, Dave Thomas at Speed Dream

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    Never give up man. If you ended last, be an optimist, train more, and think you can do better next time, motivate youre self

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