Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    6

    ... and if we just ... How can i lighten and upgrade

    I have a haro shift R3, and frankly it is not at the level i want it to be at. I was wondering how to go about modifing it but with a limited budget. I am 145lbs and do mostly weekend riding on trails. Recently i have started xc racing and really liked it. I know i need a stiffer front suspention, and if you have any sugestions on how I sould go about the upgrades let me know. Thank

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,297
    Your bike just texted me and wrote that frankly you're not at the level it wants you to be at.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Poncharelli's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    2,193
    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-sus...3_1526crx.aspx

    I think it depends what class you are racing. If you just started and racing beginner, just keep racing it like it is. Most other beginners have similar bikes.

    But if you're racing sport, most other racers start having pretty nice/light bikes. Then you're probably better off selling that bike and buying a hardtail, especially if you're on a budget. Seems that you're bike was more built for durability, budget, and fun; but not racing. It also appears to be a heavy frame (7 pounds, I'm guessing?), so you'll have to get pretty bling parts to get it light. At the end, it's kinda like putting Pirelli's on a Pinto.

    I knew a sport guy who raced on an LX steel Rock-hopper with $100 WTB wheels (that was his race upgrade), and passed an awful lot of 5-6K$ bikes on his way to the podium. Hardtail is the best way to get racing performance at a low price. Having a strong engine helps as well.
    Head Coach, Ben Lomond HS MTB Team
    www.utahmtb.org
    Cycling Team and local Club:
    http://www.roostersbikersedge.com/

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: onlycrimson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    543
    Quote Originally Posted by Poncharelli
    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-sus...3_1526crx.aspx

    I think it depends what class you are racing. If you just started and racing beginner, just keep racing it like it is. Most other beginners have similar bikes.

    But if you're racing sport, most other racers start having pretty nice/light bikes. Then you're probably better off selling that bike and buying a hardtail, especially if you're on a budget. Seems that you're bike was more built for durability, budget, and fun; but not racing. It also appears to be a heavy frame (7 pounds, I'm guessing?), so you'll have to get pretty bling parts to get it light. At the end, it's kinda like putting Pirelli's on a Pinto.

    I knew a sport guy who raced on an LX steel Rock-hopper with $100 WTB wheels (that was his race upgrade), and passed an awful lot of 5-6K$ bikes on his way to the podium. Hardtail is the best way to get racing performance at a low price. Having a strong engine helps as well.
    x2


    If you really want to get into racing, sell the r3 and get a light hardtail (cheaper).

  5. #5
    CB2
    CB2 is offline
    Jam Econo
    Reputation: CB2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    4,212
    Quote Originally Posted by Poncharelli
    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-sus...3_1526crx.aspx

    .

    I knew a sport guy who raced on an LX steel Rock-hopper with $100 WTB wheels (that was his race upgrade), and passed an awful lot of 5-6K$ bikes on his way to the podium. Hardtail is the best way to get racing performance at a low price. Having a strong engine helps as well.
    The steel Rockhoppers had the same tubeset as the steel Stumpjumpers, only the Stumpjumper were welded in Japan, and the Rockhoppers Taiwan. Actually quite race-able.


    But I digress.
    I agree that you really shouldn't invest too much into a bike that really isn't ideal for XC racing. Upgrade the tires to something lighter, go tubeless, or buy lighter tubes. Maybe other upgrades should be ones that you can bring to a new bike down the road, like a lighter saddle, bars, stem, or seat post. I wouldn't replace any drivetrain components unless they are worn out.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •