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want to get back into riding. upgrade or buy new bike

j4mi3j4mi3 Posts: 19
edited September 2011 in MTB buying advice
basically i currently have a 2007 mongoose tyax super. for the price, of £450 (i think) it actually had not too bad components. albeit a bit heavy, it has actually lasted me fine until now.

about a year after a got it, i upgraded the stock suntour fork to the current one, a rockshox recon 120mm u-turn, with remote lock.

so apart from the fork, it is all stock and can be seen here.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/mongoose-tyax-super-2007/

the brakes are actually tektro auriga comp hydralics, not the crappy ones shown in the pic

if i were to upgrade, what are the most important things i should be getting first. i am thinking brakes? maybe something from avid, like the elixir?

or maybe it would be more beneficial to get a whole new bike. but frankly i cant afford it. so id have to save up. and it seems a shame because i love my recon :)

i have been out of riding for like 2 years and i want to get back into it again.

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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    If the brakes work, I'd leave them be. New wheels and tyres would be my starting point for weight loss, though it will never be a super light bike as the frame is pretty portly.
  • Not a bad bike to be fair - I'd get it serviced and enjoy it. I agree with above, new wheels are a good upgrade, saved a fair bit of weight when I swapped mine..
  • add595add595 Posts: 196
    I don't think I'd be rushing to change the wheels. The Joytech hubs are cheap and cheerful, the WTB SX24 rims aren't that heavy.

    I would get it serviced by a reputable local bike shop, and think about some new tyres.

    If you ride mainly on road, some semi-slicks perhaps? Or a lightweight knobbly tyre with a a 'line' of treads around the centre for fast rolling?
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  • If you want to treat the old girl I'd put some new rubber on with kevlar beads and just enjoy it, you can up grade as and when parts fail!
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  • j4mi3j4mi3 Posts: 19
    bump for any more opinions please
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