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New bike, or just upgrade?

tgmaxtgmax Posts: 4
edited July 2011 in Road buying advice
Hope some folk could give advice.

I have a trek 1.1 and thinking of upgrading at the end of the year to something between £1000 and £1500, however would it be better to spend a few hundred quid here and there upgrading different stuff eventually getting a new frame, them start again doing the same, making the bike a constant work in progress?

Does anyone else do this?

I know a bike is often cheaper than all its components combined, so not sure if this is a good move?

Thanks in advance :)


  • joeyhalloranjoeyhalloran Posts: 714
    I would say wheels are often a good buy, then if you get a new bike you can swap them around. They make a big difference and if you are still riding the wheels the bike came with you should notice the difference.

    With a bit of money you could easily buy much better wheels that would come on a bike in the £1000-£1500 range so if you do come round to buying a bike of that price you can sell the wheels as new and put your upgraded wheels in.
  • ArghyrouArghyrou Posts: 155
    Definitely worth investing in some good wheels, upgrade it a little, then make a big move for a next bike in the high category.
  • Personally speaking, I found that what worked for me over the years was upgrading the initial road bike I purchased in order to try different things and get an idea of what I liked. For example, finding handlebars I found most comfortable, wheels I liked, and what brands of other components I liked.

    Then, when I felt it was time for a new frame I just purchased the frame and already knew which components I wanted, none of which were offered stock with a complete bike. So instead of buying a complete stock bike full of components I wasn't particularly fond of I knew exactly what components I liked and built a new bike with everything I knew for a fact I would be comfortable with and perform best with.

    Plus, you can transfer parts from your old bike to your new one and only replace things that are worn or you don't like, so it wouldn't be a waste of money to buy components now, even if you end up buying a new frame later.
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