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    Looking to upgrade my Scale 29er Comp, suggestions?

    Hey all, I've been riding the bike in stock form for the last year but am now ready to upgrade a few things.

    First off I need a new fork. Bottom'd out this Suntour XCR last ride and threw myself over the bars cracking a few ribs. I'm new to this though. What's up with the different tube tapers and different geometries? Even if I found a fork that I like I'm not sure what spec it needs to be to fit my bike? What fork recommendations do you guys have around $350ish for an aggressive xc rider?

    I just ordered a set of wellgo mg-1's and am looking in to converting to a single front derailleur.

    Also, are there any budget friendly things I can do to put my bike on a diet?

    Thanks in advance for any help!

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    Without looking at it (and I don't know your models specs), I can't tell you if you need a tapered or straight steerer tube fork. Figure that out and that is all you really need to know. I'd recommend finding a used Reba (09 or newer) to throw on there.

    After that, bang for your buck in both performance and weight improvement...get some new wheels.
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    Thanks for the reply. I'll keep an eye out for a used Reba.

    Any recommendations on a decent wheelset?

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    I think the best bang for the buck wheelset in 29er format right now is the Blag Flag by Sun Ringle. You of course can't go wrong w/ Stans no tubes or American Classics either.
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    Aluminum Scale 29ers have a standard 1 1/8 headtube. A tapered head tube means it's 1 1/8 at the top and 1.5 in at the bottom.

    I have a Scale 29 Team, which came with a Rockshox Tora TK 29 fork. If you aren't concerned about weight, I think this would be an ideal fork for you. It's coil, not air, sprung, so it is a little heavier but has a good feel. They aren't expensive either. I'm probably going to replace mine with a Reba though, since that drops about 1.5 lbs. IMO coil forks feel nicer than air forks.

    I just converted to tubeless using Stan's. It was pretty easy even with regular rocket rons (not tubeless compatible) and I had never done the conversion before. That might cut a little weight but it'll make the bike feel faster from less rotating weight.

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    I have a scale comp with a marzocchi 44 on it. the cheap version is 389.99 new and has adjustable travel from 100mm to 140mm

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    I've got the same bike and just started to do some upgrades. I was going to trade it in on a '12 Elite, but I've grown to kind of like the red and thought it might be more fun to upgrade piece by piece.

    I just ordered a '12 Rockshox Recon Gold TK. It was $382 shipped which I thought was a pretty good deal from what I could tell. People seem to like the fork for the money. I got rid of the front derailleur and shifter tonight and when I get a chance I will remove the big and little cogs and run the front 32t with the 11-32 in the rear. I upgraded the seat last year and just scored a Thomson post on EBay pretty cheap. I'm torn whether or not to upgrade to 1x10 right away or ride the 1x9 for now as it is...

    What can a guy spend on a decent set of wheels?

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    How heavy are you?

    Stans NoTubes wheels are popular and very reliable and most can be had for about $550. American Classic wheels are also nice and the different styles run between $500 and $1000.
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    I'm 6'4" and 215'ish. I've heard good things about the Stan's wheelsets. What's the most expensive part of the wheel? There are a couple of sets of rims on eBay, is the hub the part that kills your pocket book?
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    Get rid of the awful seat. I traded mine for a Speed V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Once Bitten View Post
    I'm 6'4" and 215'ish. I've heard good things about the Stan's wheelsets. What's the most expensive part of the wheel? There are a couple of sets of rims on eBay, is the hub the part that kills your pocket book?
    Rims can be found for +-$100 easily. The hubs run from $150-$350. Each.

    At your weight I'd still highly recommend the AC All Mountain.
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    Hello guys..
    I am also trying to upgrade the fork on my scale comp 29 ... Any suggestions ? My budget is 200-300
    I ride Miami single tracks... My bike came with a rockshox xc28 but so far it feels like it needs an upgrade

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