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    Salsa Spearfish 3 2012 component changes??

    Just got the bike and love it! The thing is such a huge step up for me for sure but I know there are some low brow components on the bike. What would be the smartest thing to save for to improve the bike. These are the things that I noticed being below par.

    Wheels - not even sure what they are
    Brakes - elixir1

    Drivetrain will probably be replaced as it breaks because it is decent.

    A new handlebar and seat and post are options too but not huge.

    The suspension is pretty good and such a large step up for me that I don't see changing this until it breaks but the info on the rear shock, rock shock ario rl, is pretty bad.

    Love to hear what you think. Wheels seems to make the most sense and if that is the choice I would love to hear good suggestions.


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    Here is the spec list if this helps anyone.

    EV6 Extrolite Heat-Treated Aluminum Tubeset; hydroformed top tube and down tube for optimal front triangle stiffness
    X.5/X.7 2 x 10 drivetrain with FSA Comet 27/39T crankset and Formula/Alex wheels
    RockShox Recon Gold TK 29er fork, QR, alloy steerer
    RockShox Ario RL Air rear shock
    Simplified one-piece rear triangle with shaped stays and a shared pivot link design that reduces pivot points and hardware
    PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell
    For complete specs, check out the Spearfish 3 at salsacycles.com
    Crankset: FSA Comet BB30, SM = 170mm, MD, LG, XL = 175mm
    Chainring: FSA 27/39T
    Bottom Bracket: FSA PressFit30
    Chain: KMC X10
    Cassette: SRAM PG-1030, 12-36T
    Front Derailleur: SRAM X5, 2 x 10, High Clamp, Dual Pull
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X7, 10-Speed, Mid Cage, Gray
    Fork: RockShox Recon Gold TK 29er, QR, Alloy Steerer, Custom for Salsa
    Headset: Cane Creek 10-Series, ZS, Black
    Handlebar: Salsa Pro Moto 3, 11-Degree Flat, 31.8mm, Black
    Stem: Salsa Pro Moto 3, 31.8mm, Black
    Stem: Sizes SM = 90mm, MD = 100mm, LG = 110mm, XL = 120mm
    Grips: Velo Silicone
    Front Brake: SRAM Elixir 1, 185mm, 6-Bolt
    Rear Brake: SRAM Elixir 1, 160mm, 6-Bolt
    Brake Levers: SRAM Elixir 1
    Tires: Schwalbe Rapid Rob 29 x 2.25" or Continental X-King 29 x 2.2"
    Front Shifter: SRAM X-5 Trigger, 2 x 10
    Rear Shifter: SRAM X-5 Trigger, 10-Speed
    Seatpost: Kalloy SP-369 Black, 31.6 x 410mm
    Seatclamp: Salsa Lip-Lock, Green
    Saddle: WTB Silverado
    Front Hub: Formula, Sealed Bearing, 32H, Black
    Rear Hub: Formula, Sealed Bearing, 32H, Black
    Quick Release: Formula
    Spokes: DT Swiss, Champion SG, Black
    Nipples: DT Swiss, Brass, Silver
    Rims: Alex XD Comp 29er, 32H

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    Before anyone can make a sound recommendation it would be helpful to let people know your weight, riding style, and the type of terrain you ride. It sounds like you might be looking for lighter parts, but without the aforementioned information you could really be misguided. With that said, lighter wheels are typically the best place to start for performance gains.
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    I am 165 loaded and I ride xc and will occasionally hit some rocky stuff once a year. I ride in Nebraska where it is mostly roots if anything. This will also see a lot of gravel grinding. I don't want super light because I can't afford that but weight is my primary concern as the bike is pretty heavy. That is why I am leaning towards wheels because of the bang for the buck.

    I hope that helps.


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    Quality (probably hand built) wheels with
    - 23mm minimum inner rim width and plays nice with tubeless ready tire beads.
    - nice, reliable hubs (likely biggest budget concern). Also nice if convertible to other axle standards.
    - spokes chosen for your wheel stiffness needs
    - 1600g total is good target
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    Arch EX rims with some 2.0/1.8 spokes and whatever hubs fit your budget. I dig DT 350s a lot personally. Setup tubeless with Racing Ralph tires.

    That's what i would do in your situation.

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    Thanks, I have read incompatibility issues with Stan's rims and some tires, is that accurate?


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    I've heard that Geax don't work well with Stan's tubeless but I don't have experience with that. I've used Maxxis Ardents 2.4 and Specialized Fast Trak and they both set up tubeless with a floor pump. I've also used WTB Exiwolf but I needed an air compressor to set the bead.

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    I had Geax Saguaros on my Alex TD 25 rims set up as Stans Tubeless. They worked out great. I also used a 26" kit. Now I'm on WTB i19 with Maxxis Crossmarks and they work great too.
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    Thanks guys, looks like the consensus is wheels is the smart decision unless something breaks and it looks like I can get a great set of wheels for around $400-500 fairly easily.

    Now to start the saving process.

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