Last spring I picked up a GT riccocet (4th GT in the household) from ***** for right around $200 after sale, coupon and such. Link and specs below. I ran a 40 mile gravel grinder with it last year essentially stock. I'm looking for some performance upgrades for this year race.

What is the best "bang for the buck" upgrades to help increase performance on this bike?

So far I have upgraded to Wellgo aluminum pedals
Better Seat
Schwble Huricane tyres

I'm thinking maybe a lighter crank set? Or better gearing for more top end?
Carbon fiber replacements (handlebars, stem, spacers ect ec)

Any help and suggestions on parts and such is appreciated.


  • Frame Sizes: 16.5, 18.5, 20, 21.5
  • Wheel Size: 27.5"
  • Frame: Hydroformed 6061 T6_ Aluminum Frame, w/ Triple Triangle, Replaceable Derailleur Hanger, Disc Brake Mounts, and Zerostack 1 1/8" Head Tube
  • Fork: 100mm travel SR Suntour XCO-MLO fork with mechanical lockout
  • Rear Shock: n/a
  • Headset: FSA NO.10 1 1/8" Threadless, Zerostack
  • Cranks: SR Suntour XCM-T414, 44/32/22T
  • Bottom Bracket: Cartridge Sealed
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Altus FD-M370
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano, Alivio, RD-M430
  • Cog Set: Sunrace CS-M90, 11-34T, 9-Speed Cassette
  • Shifter: Shimano SL-M370, Rapid Fire
  • Chain: KMC 9-Speed
  • Hub (F): All Terra Alloy Disc, W/ Quick Release
  • Hub (R): All Terra Alloy Disc, W/ Quick Release
  • Spokes: 14G Stainless
  • Rims: Shinning DB28D, Double Wall, 32H
  • Tires: Innova
  • Brakes: Tektro HD-M290 Hydro Disc W/ 160mm Rotor
  • Brake Levers: Tektro Hydraulic
  • Pedals: GT Slim Line Flat Pedal
  • Handlebar: All Terra 6061 Aluminum Flat Top Riser, 690mm Width, 15mm Rise, 31.8mm Clamp
  • Grips: GT Statement
  • Stem: All Terra 1 1/8" Threadless, 3D Forged, 4-Bolt W/ CNC Face Plate, 10� Rise, 31.8mm Clamp
  • Seat: All Terra Colorado
  • Seat Post: All Terra Alloy Micro-Adjust, 30.9mm
  • Style: G0349