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    what parts to buy, and when???

    just received my 2020 Vitus Nucleus 27.5 VRS...

    First, and only thus far, thing i've done is put a pair of Chesters on it.

    I'm about to put a WTB Rocket seat on it and then i have a choice to make:

    1. dropper post and go tubeless (the bike has TCS wheels...so just need tires, tape, and sealent i think? no idea honestly...)

    2. get a new fork (probably used....)

    3. Dropper post, stem, handle bars, grips


    I'll eventually do all of these...and put the old parts on another frame to give a buddy....but what is the smartest path for now?



    and yes, i could have gotten a more expensive bike to begin with..but building and swapping parts is just as much fun as riding it to me
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    I dont think the frame, shock, fork, rims, drive train, handlebars, tires and stem would hold up very well but that kickstand looks pretty burley.

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    I'd just ride that fork. I doubt it's holding you back.

    tubeless is an automatic "yes" in my book. the rims might already have tubeless tape on them. those tires might work tubeless. if so, you might just need valves and sealant.

    dropper post would be next.

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    In the past there wasn't that many tubeless ready tires or rims, I've used the Stan's kit on both with very little issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I'd just ride that fork. I doubt it's holding you back.

    tubeless is an automatic "yes" in my book. the rims might already have tubeless tape on them. those tires might work tubeless. if so, you might just need valves and sealant.

    dropper post would be next.
    the rims, for sure, are tubeless ready.......but the WTB website says that the tires are tube only. Im not sure if that's something that matters...but...well, i don't know crap about the subject
    Quote Originally Posted by milhouse
    I dont think the frame, shock, fork, rims, drive train, handlebars, tires and stem would hold up very well but that kickstand looks pretty burley.

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    You can run with tubes. Problems depend on your terrain. If your paths have a lot of thorns, or sharp rocks or heavy rocky/rooty segments you're more likely to get flats.
    It'll depend on how you hit those features and what tire pressure you have.
    Lower pressure is better for traction when cornering. 4 psi more in the rear is what I use. Start with 18 front. 22 rear.
    You can take a small frame pump with you to experiment. Drop pressure until you begin to get rim hits in the rough segments of your trail.
    A lot of how your bike handles depends on how you adjust it. This sport can be very hands on personal to your style and level of skill.
    Ride and get more experience.

    And keep your heels low with your weight on your pedals when you go over bumps.
    That'll keep you from being bounced off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhd View Post
    just received my 2020 Vitus Nucleus 27.5 VRS...

    First, and only thus far, thing i've done is put a pair of Chesters on it.

    I'm about to put a WTB Rocket seat on it and then i have a choice to make:

    1. dropper post and go tubeless (the bike has TCS wheels...so just need tires, tape, and sealent i think? no idea honestly...)

    2. get a new fork (probably used....)

    3. Dropper post, stem, handle bars, grips


    I'll eventually do all of these...and put the old parts on another frame to give a buddy....but what is the smartest path for now?



    and yes, i could have gotten a more expensive bike to begin with..but building and swapping parts is just as much fun as riding it to me
    Sounds like you should have just bought a bare frame and built it up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Battery View Post
    Sounds like you should have just bought a bare frame and built it up!
    im doing that with the take off parts, haha


    picking up a dropper post today...considering trying tubeless this weekend
    Quote Originally Posted by milhouse
    I dont think the frame, shock, fork, rims, drive train, handlebars, tires and stem would hold up very well but that kickstand looks pretty burley.

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    The non-tubeless tires will likely leak like a sieve. I would ride them until they wear and get some tubeless tires. If you have not set up tubeless before, I would definitely not start with a ghetto setup. Just my opinion.

    If you get a new fork, just avoid anything from rockshox with the Motion Control damper beacause it won't be an upgrade. I would look for a used Fox 34 Rhythm fork or a used RS Pike RCT3
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_joe View Post
    If you get a new fork, just avoid anything from rockshox with the Motion Control damper beacause it won't be an upgrade. I would look for a used Fox 34 Rhythm fork or a used RS Pike RCT3
    This! I absolutely hate the MC damper. I've swapped out the MC for Charger 2 in my old RS Revelation and Yari forks in the past. Much better ride quality!
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    i got a bontrager dropper post today and installed it.......so now onto the next mods!
    Quote Originally Posted by milhouse
    I dont think the frame, shock, fork, rims, drive train, handlebars, tires and stem would hold up very well but that kickstand looks pretty burley.

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