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    Should I upgrade or ditch my stock Sugar 2?

    Yes, another fix it or ditch it thread.. I searched the forums for Sugars but haven't found much.

    I have a 2001 Sugar 2, full suspension. It gets the job done in normal conditions. All of components were nice at one point, but are severely outdated now. I wanna make the jump to a 29er FS, b/c I just don't see myself going back to a hard tail after riding an FS for so many years. However my budget is around $2,000 and from what I understand I need to spend more then that to get a 29er FS that would not weigh more then my 26er Sugar 2.

    Do you guys think I could find a decent 29er FS for 2k, or should I just keep the Sugar and start replacing components? The frame is in good shape, I just don't have some of the cool features that other people have.. disks, lockout fork and rear suspension, etc.

    Here's what I got:
    ZR9000 double butted aluminum Genesis Geometry | b*link swingarm w/ carbon fiber stays
    Manitou Mars Elite 80 mm in the front (loses air after every ride), and Cane Creek AD-12 in the rear. No lockouts.
    Shimano Deore LX RapidFire SL, Shimano XTR SGS rear derailleur, Deore XT shifters
    Avid Single Digit-5 direct pull brakes (ugh..)
    Bontrager Race splined crank
    Bontrager Race Hubs and Bontrager Race Tubeless Wheels

    Thanks,
    -Steve
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    I'd get a new bike, and keep the sugar as a backup.

    Your suspension and parts are fairly antiquated (no offense), and the new bikes just ride that much better.

    I picked up a 2009 Top Fuel SSL 9.9 last year, and I was surprised how much better the suspension worked compared to my 2007! A good suspension design with platform will climb better than your CC AD-12, so you may not even notice the extra weight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by macming
    I'd get a new bike, and keep the sugar as a backup.

    Your suspension and parts are fairly antiquated (no offense), and the new bikes just ride that much better.

    I picked up a 2009 Top Fuel SSL 9.9 last year, and I was surprised how much better the suspension worked compared to my 2007! A good suspension design with platform will climb better than your CC AD-12, so you may not even notice the extra weight!
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    I have a 2000 model Sugar2 which the wife rides now. Try and do a demo ride on a chromoly hard tail 29er. I rind a Niner S.I.R. 9 now and think its just as smooth as my old Sugar. The steel, bigger wheels and large volume tires really smooth things out. You'll get a much nicer and lighter bike for your money if you don't go FS. I know those Sugars are light and to match that weight with a FS 29er will be way over your 2k budget.

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    thanks for the replies guys. I should demo a few bikes. Its tempting to start upgrading some of the components, but I know I should just save my money for a new bike.

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    Owning two mountian bikes may sound excessive but a 29 would be sweet and having a back up bike should be on everyones agenda.

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I just ordered a brand new Salsa Dos Niner. Should be here in 2 weeks, can't wait. 1 inch rear travel, climbs like a HT, great price.

    I will most likely keep the sugar and use it as a second bike... maybe make it more of a a "cruiser" bike.

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    Nice choice, I think you'll really like the Dos

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