Best upgrade.

golfergmc
golfergmc Posts: 426
edited November 2010 in Road buying advice
Apart from new wheels what is the best upgrade that can be done to your bike, I know it`s a very general question but just looking to tinker.
Cervelo S5 Team 2012
Scott Addict R2 2010
Specialized Rockhopper Comp SL 2010
Kona Tanuki Supreme

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  • Scrumple
    Scrumple Posts: 2,665
    Adding a pair of breasts?
  • Now that would be a fun upgrade. :D
    Cervelo S5 Team 2012
    Scott Addict R2 2010
    Specialized Rockhopper Comp SL 2010
    Kona Tanuki Supreme
  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    Tyres and anything that makes it fit better
  • geebee2
    geebee2 Posts: 248
    golfergmc wrote:
    Apart from new wheels what is the best upgrade that can be done to your bike, I know it`s a very general question but just looking to tinker.

    Depends on what your current bike is.

    If you already have good wheels, no point in upgrading them.

    But often new bikes have very ordinary wheels.

    The saddle is an easy upgrade, depending on what you have currently.
  • In this order...

    1: Tyres - cheapest bang for buck upgrade there is
    2: Wheels - dearest bang for buck, but what a bang!
    3: Contact points - saddle, bars, tape, for comfort
    4. Cables, and general tune up by an expert mechanic.
    5: Brakes - get some really good quality calipers and pads and be amazed.
    6. Cranks - you may be astonished how much some really stiff smooth-spinning cranks change the ride.
    7. Anything else that saves weight without compromising performance of any of the above.
    Open One+ BMC TE29 Seven 622SL On One Scandal Cervelo RS
  • You're right, wheels can make a very perceptible difference. As for other upgrades, no.
  • I have a 2009 cube streamer with ultegra groupset and have already upgraded the wheels(what a difference!), seatpost and saddle so was thinking whats next.
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    Scott Addict R2 2010
    Specialized Rockhopper Comp SL 2010
    Kona Tanuki Supreme
  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    Frame.
  • Pokerface wrote:
    Frame.

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  • jeepie
    jeepie Posts: 497
    The best upgrade I did to my bike was a pair of speedplay zeros. Dreamy action compared to the nightmare of trying to clip in to a one sided super smooth slippery Keo DD20. I enjoy riding my bike so much more especially on hills and in traffic.
  • sort the rider out first
    get tested, fitted, nutrition sorted, esp if racing.

    it's a lot easier to change wheels/tyres because it doesnt take any much commitment other than a wallet getting lighter.
    Go for the break
    Create a chaingang
    Make sure you don't break your chain
  • decent shoes also have to be on that list... mmmmmmm, sidis.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Bike fit and moulded foot beds.
  • izza
    izza Posts: 1,561
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Bike fit and moulded foot beds.

    +1
  • northpole
    northpole Posts: 1,499
    Another one to consider is the cassette - extreme example but if you aren't too strong in the hills and hills are part of your cycle routine, an 11-23 cassette will murder you!

    Same deal with the chainset - compacts can be a life saver in the hills.

    Tyres make a difference but the only thing clear about tyres is that there is no answer!

    Shoes/ pedals, gloves/ mitts/ shorts/ saddle - these are the key points of contact - I was amazed on a 6 day cycle this summer how much better one pair of shorts were over the others. Hadn't appreciated there could be such a difference.

    Good luck with your winter tinkering!

    Peter