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    UPGRADING my 2008 Specialized Rockhopper 29er

    Hey folks! I'm new here, and new to trail/mtn biking. I used to BMX jump as a kid 15 years ago (Im 30).

    Got my hands on this HT 08 29er for dirt cheap. Looking to do some upgrade to make it a little more aggressive for trail riding. I live in Whitehorse, Yukon and we have a TON of trails here, and a lot of downhill. I understand an HT is not a great bike for downhill, but it's what I've got for now.

    I'm already looking at grips and pedals, and would like to switch to a 1x9 (maybe 1x10?). Ideally, I'd like a dropper post, but if I cant get one for free, Ill just refrain for now because they're flippin expensive! I'll also need new tires. Do I need to go tubeless? I have no idea what I need here. I like to ride aggressively.

    So, what I'd like to know is what would be everybody's recommendations for new parts - and is there a place to get used ones, and are used parts even worth the trouble?

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    Rockhopper is the entry level specialized bike. Besides grips and tires I wouldn't bother much with trying to upgrade. The wheels are going to fail if you push it too hard so keep the money for better wheels if your going to ride it hard.

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    Any suggestions for wheels & tires? I do ride aggressively, and I still like to jump. Lots of huck to flats here. The trails are good, but have loads of rocks and roots.

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    The fork is likely going to limit you. It's probably a Suntour with a spring inside and plastic bushings. A good air fork, new wheels with wide 30mm inner dimension rims and wider tires. New 1 x 10 drivetrain and better brakes. About $1500 worth of components and you'll have a usable bike for your terrain.

    CRC Bikes has a 29 NS Nucleus for $650US shipped no tax.
    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod181494

    It also has better slack geo than your model.

    Buy cheap without info makes what you need more expensive.

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    Before you start burning money, ride a little more and find out what's lacking and what you don't like about your bike. For a beginner, it's unlikely that the bike is holding you back.

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    yeah i only spent like $150 CDN on the specialized, so that wasnt too bad. If I buy a new bike though, Ill go FS. I guess the consensus here is to just ride this one out til it breaks.

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