Suggestions always seem to be "buy a new bike"
I wanted to post this here because it seems people with Diamondbacks seem more level headed. I have a question. I haven't spent a lot of time on this forum posting but I have noticed a common theme. Why do a lot of people say "just buy a new bike"? What happened to the days of enjoying the bike you have, especially for new riders. Learn how to ride it. Enjoy it for years to come then get a new bike sometime down the road. I spend a lot of time on beginners forum just to browse around and see what people suggest to beginners. 9 times out of 10 people say " buy a new bike" right after they just bought their first bike. I don't get it. I had my first bike for 4 years. My second for almost 20. I just got my third 4 months ago. Have people really become this snotty about bikes? It baffles me.
I think people say to buy a new bike because the cost of upgrading components on a "cheap" bike is cost prohibitive.
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To some extent there is a lot of bike snobbery.
If you dont ride a bike that you needed to take a second mortgage on as soon as you roll off a curb or hit a pebble the wheels will fold like a wet noodle, frame will split in multiple pieces and you will spend years in/out of hospital for physical therapy and reconstructive surgery.
They cant seem to get around that a new rider just may not like biking as much as they do, so that $1K+ bike they bought from forum recommendations is gathering dust and slowly rusting into obscurity.
And yea, upgrading is usually much more expensive than buying a bike with what you want outright.
The problem i have with that is there is always something in the bike specs that I would want to change.
Bike brakes are a good example of that. Usually you find a bike that spec'd good but with crap brakes. or maybe to get the components you want it has a carbon frame and you steel.
I buy cheap because I'm always broke. I'll end up spending more but I am riding now.
There is nothing wrong with upgrading the ride you have i'm sure a lot of people will say oh it's expensive or whatever else but let's be real now a days it's easy to score parts for a good price you have to be smart and patient! But like the comment above they made some very valid points. But most importantly it's your bike ride it how you want and upgrade it!
I have a 2014 Diamondback response xe and I have changed parts on it already.
I have had an Overdrive sport for about 8 months and it has been fantastic! As I've become more comfortable on my bike and wanting to upgrade things like the fork. I soon realize that a better fork would cost almost the price I paid for the whole bike! So instead I'm just going to save up and get a Sortie. Plus I have to upgrade to a different bike as I would like a FS with the stuff i'm riding.
I recommend my 2013 (used) Diamondback Overdrive Comp HT. I've ridden it about 10 times in SoCal trails and crashed it on the trail recently and no issues other than derailleur tuneup and brake job.
$500 used. (note: I'm an amateur)
I wouldn't buy a bike that retails for less than $1k new.
As long as there is an understanding of what the bike is capable off, people should be able to do whatever the hell they want, upgrading or buying new.
If you want to upgrade your 2010 Trek 820 because you just like the bike then do it. It will be expensive, and it won't be the best you could do in monetary terms, but if you want to, just do it.
Of course, don't expect it to ride just as good as a 2016 FS Superfly 9.9. Heck it won't.
Even beginners should understand that.
It's all about understanding this:
-Limitations of the actual bike.
-Benefits of upgrading the actual bike.
-Benefits of a new bike.
-Cost of upgrading.
-Cost of a new bike.
Take that, and compare it to where do you want to go:
-You want to get better and ride harder, longer and faster, but your actual bike won't let you:
Buy a new bike. If money is a problem, buy used.
If money is a really big problem, upgrade consciously only the parts that will make a difference, but always keep in mind the new bike.
-You like the bike, you like the paint, you like frame, and want to keep it because reasons, with no real interest in getting better or riding on the next level:
Upgrade it, ride the heck out of it until it dies and stop worrying about what you got because if you choose that way is because that's what you wanted for your riding, but ALWAYS keep in mind your bike's limitations. Otherwise, you'll spend some time in the hospital.
If you crash and spend some time in there, you'll probably end up buying new anyway, because unless a dog was the cause of the crash, or you were just distracted, then you probably wanted to do something that the bike couldn't handle, hence the crash.
So keep this in mind. Why are you upgrading?
When the bike finally dies, you better buy a new bike that is better than the old one. If it happens that you bought something just as bad, get ready to question yourself with the same questions again. Wanna get better? Or wanna stay riding the same easy trails?
And then, repeat process...
If you don't want to go through so much risky crap, just buy new already. You'll be safer and happier, i guarantee it.
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