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    SS Upgraditis question: Fork or Wheelset

    Last post I could find about this was from 2009...

    So, I have a SC Higball SS. Love it! But I'm looking to do a $400 - $500 upgrade.

    I currently have a RS Recon Silver, and some stock WTB wheelset.

    So should I:

    1. Buy a new-to-me wheelset: stan's arch; Sun ringle charger; something similar

    2. Buy a new-to-me fork: RS Reba; or other suggestions preferably 120mm

    Or the less preferred option:

    3. Stop window shopping and reading forums, then save money, go outside and ride the s*** out of what I have, and then when I have enough for both, buy a new fork w/ 15mm TA and a new wheelset to fit it, at the same time?

    Only thing really keeping me from option 3 (besides my impatience and upgraditis) is that I would want to keep my old wheelset and use it for the road. If I did that my old wheels wouldn't fit the new 15mm fork. And I'd have to buy another front wheel.

    I'm leaning more towards option 1 for the weight savings, but also thinking about option 2 for better weight and handling (will I be able to feel the difference between the Reba and Recon silver?).

    TIA

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    +1 for wheelset. Reducing rotational mass should be priority one in the upgrade plan. Just my opinion.

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    Go ride your bike. Don't upgrade until it's broken.

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    Do both! I just PM'ed you about a 120mm fork I'm selling for cheap!
    C'mon lets go for a whirl.

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    Wheels can make a big difference. If you get hubs that are interchangeable you'll be able to run Q/R now and get the adapters to go 15mm when you get the fork for cheap.

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    that Recon Silver is a decent fork so long as it's working well. get some Stan's Arch Ex wheels.

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    Thanks for the quick replies.

    So far I have:

    3 votes for upgrading wheels now. Which was my original plan before I started "over-thinking" things.

    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    that Recon Silver is a decent fork so long as it's working well. get some Stan's Arch Ex wheels.
    Quote Originally Posted by ParsedOut View Post
    +1 for wheelset. Reducing rotational mass should be priority one in the upgrade plan. Just my opinion.
    Quote Originally Posted by rideorange525 View Post
    Wheels can make a big difference. If you get hubs that are interchangeable you'll be able to run Q/R now and get the adapters to go 15mm when you get the fork for cheap.
    I think Stan's are interchangeable, any other budget/affordable hubs/wheelsets that are interchangeable?

    1 vote to ride till it's broken. Which I may end up doing if I can't find any deals on wheels.

    Quote Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
    Go ride your bike. Don't upgrade until it's broken.
    1 vote to do both, but may be skewed to make a quick sale.

    Quote Originally Posted by aperzigian View Post
    Do both! I just PM'ed you about a 120mm fork I'm selling for cheap!
    What I'm getting out of this, is that my fork isn't terrible, and that the best "next" upgrade would be a wheelset.

    Now to find that wheelset. Thanks for the input!

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    wheels for sure. Also legs and lungs help

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    I wish I could upgrade my legs and lungs... mainly my legs. When are we going to have cybernetic parts? Bionic knees please.

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    I was debating between wheels or new crankset first. I've decided to save for the wheels.

    Saw these hanging in my LBS and just started drooling uncontrollably! SO damn pretty!!!
    Easton EA70 XCT 29in Wheelset - Competitive Cyclist

    Gonna get them built up with a bolt on SS specific hub. Nice and light too!
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cormac View Post
    I was debating between wheels or new crankset first. I've decided to save for the wheels.

    Saw these hanging in my LBS and just started drooling uncontrollably! SO damn pretty!!!
    Easton EA70 XCT 29in Wheelset - Competitive Cyclist

    Gonna get them built up with a bolt on SS specific hub. Nice and light too!
    Those are nice. Those are on my list as well, but I haven't heard enough about them yet. Most things I've read and/or heard, point me towards the Stan's or SRingle. Anyway, they were on Craigslist in my area a few weeks ago for $400. I would have bought them right then if I had the dough. Still waiting for another used pair to show up...

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    Best upgrade I have made is to install a set of Mavic EX 729 rims. These wide rims are the lightest way to make your tire contact patch larger. And with better side wall support, you have better control than putting a larger tire on a narrow rim. Also can run lower tire pressures. All in all, the best noticable upgrade I have made.

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    They both are decent components that won't need immediate upgrade. Hubs on stock wheels, however, may need to be upgraded soon. For $500, you can get pretty nice wheels. Send Larry from Ghisallo Wheels - Custom Wheels an email. I got my wheels (Flow, CK SS hub, 36 DT spokes) for around $680 (plus shipping) last year (when Flow rims were 50% off), and if that's any indication on his pricing, I bet Hope hubs with Stans will be close to $500.
    Ghisallo Wheels

    I'm really good looking.

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    SS Upgraditis question: Fork or Wheelset

    Just bought a set of 36h Stan's with hope hubs and DT Swiss spokes for less than $650. Contact Dustin at Southern Wheel Works. He'll treat you right.

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    Awesome thanks for the input. Will look into both those options.

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    Don't buy upgrades, ride up grades.

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    or get wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2 View Post
    Don't buy upgrades, ride up grades.
    some upgrades make riding up grades easier!
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    SS Upgraditis question: Fork or Wheelset

    Quote Originally Posted by CB2 View Post
    Don't buy upgrades, ride up grades.
    Quote Originally Posted by CB2 View Post
    Or get wheels.
    How about both CB2???
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    Quote Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
    Go ride your bike. Don't upgrade until it's broken.
    This and do wheels first, some tubeless ie Stan's with nice hubs....Hope, I9....
    Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son...

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    SS Upgraditis question: Fork or Wheelset

    Wheels for sure. Then go tubeless. And ride a lot.


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    I was in the same boat, went with the wheelset: Sun Ringle Charger Experts. Very happy with the decision.

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    You've gotta do something with all that store credit, so sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
    Go ride your bike. Don't upgrade until it's broken.
    I don't see why some people are so adamant about not wanting other people to upgrade their bikes. If he has the expendable income then why not spend it on bikes. Some people spend their expendable income on fancy cars or clothes or whatever suits their fancy.

    It seems that most people who tell others to not upgrade are just jelly or retro-grouches.

    I am assuming that you are an adult. If you want something, you don't have to ask for permission to buy it, just buy it.

    I have gone the route of leaving well enough alone and replacing something only after it was broken, but I have also gone the route of replacing a perfectly functioning item for another just because I wanted to or for the purdy factor.

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