if you could upgrade what would you buy?

CarleyB
CarleyB Posts: 475
edited January 2011 in Road buying advice
I currently have a Giant SCR 3.0 XS obviously WSD.

I love it even though its old, and I am thinking what I would like from a new/newish bike. I would like a compact I think as i rarely move out of the middle chainring so its a bit of a waste having 3 rings. Id also like better shifters. maybe 105's.

The sizing on the giant is perfect and like I say i love it.... so... new giant or another make?

I'm not brewstered and have more children than I can shake a stick at lol.

What would you buy if you could upgrade?
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  • keep an eye out on the classified section some thing may pop up that tickles your fancy.A nice set of wheels always makes a bike feel much more responsive.
  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    If the frame fits you that well and it's in good condition I'd keep it. Upgrade the groupset and wheels.
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  • rozzer32
    rozzer32 Posts: 3,831
    +1 for what unixnerd said.

    Or see if you can find a Giant dealer round your area and have a chat with them
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  • maddog 2
    maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    upgrade everything :D

    I pretty much change everything eventually - wheels, stems, seatposts you name it.

    to use a good, silly americanism, the biggest bang-for-buck would be (in a rough order)
    - wheels
    - tyres
    - shifters
    - chainset
    - rear mech
    - then lighten the seat, seatpost, stem, bars, pedals and cassette

    or just buy one of the new female spec Boardmans 8)
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  • unixnerd wrote:
    If the frame fits you that well and it's in good condition I'd keep it. Upgrade the groupset and wheels.

    That's going to be £500.00 by the time it's been through a workshop. It might be cheaper to sell and then buy a new (or 'new used') bike. Giant Defy or Specialized Allez?
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  • CarleyB
    CarleyB Posts: 475
    Just been having a look on preloved.co.uk some nice bikes on there and hardly ridden. A nice second hand Wilier would go down a treat, a snip at £1,500 .. maybe I could sell some children to finance it? :lol:
    Or a felt..... ok so now my eyes are getting bigger than my purse !!
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  • I can't find the geometry on the SCR but that's the 'sports endurance' rather than 'flat out racer' geometry model, I think? The new WSD model from Giant that would have a similar feel to yours is the 'Avail' model and Paul's Cycles have an Avail 1 for the princely sum of £925 that's got upgraded kit on to yours. Tiagra is good stuff and sits one series below 105. I have it on my Genesis cross bike that I use for commuting a decent distance on and it's faultless.

    So... if you didn't want to upgrade the kit on yours (which isn't a bad idea, to be honest) you could get yourself a nice shiny new bike without selling any kids, maybe...?! :)
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  • CarleyB
    CarleyB Posts: 475
    Been thinking and whilst looking for a new/second hand bike I thought i could upgrade mine, then transfer it over to a new frame when i have a little more money. Maybe that way I can spend more without seeing it all go at once ! Maybe I would get more pleasure from it doing it like that ! ?
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  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    as you're so happy with your current frame, I'd upgrade that. When you've finished upgrading everything, you can look for your next frame!...

    if you do want a new frame, get a print out of your current frame size geometry, then compare that with whatever takes your fancy.
    Ideally work out your current stack height and reach, these are the best measurements for frame sizing.
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