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  1. #1
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    My new Element 10

    I am going the other way on bikes. I am jumping from a Felt Nine elite to a FS Element 10. I am 6'3 and the element is a blast to ride. My question is this. I know I have base level components on this bike and wonder what I should nupgrade. The Fox R seems like a good choice as do the wheels. I don't race but do ride some 12 hour events and some of the 50 mile rides. I know that there are other versions of the Element I could have bought but was limited to 2K.
    Kids and college will do that.

    Thanks all and have a great summer!

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    Wheels would be a good upgrade as you notice rotating weight most dramatically. There should be lots of options down in the 1600gm range (stock wheels are likely in the 2000gm range), or even lower if you spend more money. Keep your eyes open for used XTR 970 series wheels, good value and the hubs are easily rebuildable and about 1525gms.
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    The other good Upgrade would be the fork, The bomber on there isn't the most adjustable, a friend of mine just had some really good luck finding some good deals on some take off reba's for a 29er so the same type of deals should be out there for a 26" fork. Everything else is pretty solid on the bike, Fork and wheels are the two most noticeable upgrades on the bike that I could see.
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    I do appreciate the advice. I will start my search for wheels and shock.

  5. #5
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    I have a 2007 Element 30 and my first major upgrade, other then the pedals, was the front fork. I got a great deal on a 2010 Fox F-32, RLC fork from REI. It has been a great fork and upgrade to replace the Marzocchi Mx Pro that came stock on the bike. The Fox is way more adjustable, much stiffer, and almost two pounds lighter (no kidding).

    Wheels/hubs will be my next upgrade............

    Good luck!

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