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    Some advice on upgrades on this model

    I just bought this bike today 2011 cannondale trail sl 2 29er and would like to know what would be a critical upgrade that one will do to make it better.

    Here are the stock specs:

    Frame Trail SL 29'er, Optimized 6061 alloy, SAVE, 1.5" headtube
    Fork RST Deuce 29 Air
    Stem Cannondale C4 1.5", 31.8
    Handlebars Cannondale C3 riser 20mm, 6061, 680mm
    Brakes Shimano BR-M445, 160/160 mm
    Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore
    Shifters Shimano Deore
    Cassette Shimano HG-61, 12-36 T
    Chain Shimano HG53, 9 speed
    Crankset Shimano M430
    Chainrings 44/32/22 T
    Bottom Bracket Shimano ES-25 Octalink
    Pedals VP Platform w/ steel cage
    Rims Maddux DC 3.0 29'er
    Front Hub Formula DC20
    Rear Hub Shimano FH-M529
    Spokes Stainless Black
    Front Tire Kenda Small Block 8, 29x2.1"
    Rear Tire Kenda Small Block 8, 29x2.1"
    Saddle Cannondale Stage 2
    Seatpost Cannondale C3, 31.6 x 400 mm

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    Every component defiantly could use an upgrade but my order would be,

    Replacement fork - Fox Float or Rockshox - This will really help the control of the bike as you ride and be much more durable

    lighter wheels, something around 1600g would be ideal, this will reduce rotational weight and truly make the bike feel faster.

    drivetrain - XT or X.9 component group would give you much better shift precision and durability.

    Either way you have a good solid start with lots of room for upgrades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.rider View Post
    Every component defiantly could use an upgrade but my order would be,

    Replacement fork - Fox Float or Rockshox - This will really help the control of the bike as you ride and be much more durable

    lighter wheels, something around 1600g would be ideal, this will reduce rotational weight and truly make the bike feel faster.

    drivetrain - XT or X.9 component group would give you much better shift precision and durability.

    Either way you have a good solid start with lots of room for upgrades.
    Thanks for your help how you think all of these upgrade will cost me???

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    also how do I know which front shock fit on this bike???

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    If you shop around and are patient, probably about $1500 for all that but do it piece by piece as you ride.

    for the fork you need a 29in wheeled fork with a 1.5in sterer tube. or you can change your headset and stem and run a tapered or 1.125 steerer tube.
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    Why start to "upgrade" a brand new bike? If you want a better spec'd bike you should've just bought a different model
    I would not upgrade anything just yet, but rather ride it and see for yourself what needs to be improved and just replace worn out things with something better ones further down the road...
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    cdalemaniac I am not going to upgrade anything yet. I just wanted to have the knowlege even it was possible to upgrade a lot on this bike. You are right I am going to ride it just like it is. But now I know what would need to upgrade if I decide too.. But u r so right on riding it just like it is...

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    Don't buy upgrades, ride up grades. - Eddy Merckx

    (at least until you wear out or break what you have!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdalemaniac View Post
    Why start to "upgrade" a brand new bike? If you want a better spec'd bike you should've just bought a different model
    I would not upgrade anything just yet, but rather ride it and see for yourself what needs to be improved and just replace worn out things with something better ones further down the road...
    Couldn't agree more! Lets see some pics of your bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasperIN View Post
    Couldn't agree more! Lets see some pics of your bike

    I will post some pic in a few..

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    I just bought an 2012 Trail SL 2 about a month ago. I also plan on doing some upgrades, but as of now all I did so far was add a WTB Vigo seat. I'm just going to continue to ride as much as I can and beat the piss out of it. I do think I'm going to do some minor upgrades for xmas presents, meaning anything besides fork, rims, etc. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buck sh0tzz View Post
    I just bought an 2012 Trail SL 2 about a month ago. I also plan on doing some upgrades, but as of now all I did so far was add a WTB Vigo seat. I'm just going to continue to ride as much as I can and beat the piss out of it. I do think I'm going to do some minor upgrades for xmas presents, meaning anything besides fork, rims, etc. Any suggestions?
    Pedals, Handle bar grips thats what I am going upgrade soon this weekend.. Look at tthe Dark Cycle pedal thats if you like platform pedals they are nice..

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    I forgot to mention I also put Shimano M520 pedals on. I've used them for years on my CX bike and I love them plus their cheap. Yea after about a month of hard riding the stock grips are already starting to wear out. I see everyone on here using ODI grips might give those a shot.

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