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James QJames Q Posts: 201
edited May 2013 in Your mountain bikes
So thought I'd start a thread on the bike as I'm slowly up grading bits and pieces as I go along, plan is to go 1x9 and a better wheel set and tubeless.

So far it has a charge spoon sadle on, I've just changed the grips to some black lock ons, much nicer then the green ones lol.

Changed my BB and put a new chai on along with a new crank set....

Old vs new
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  • James QJames Q Posts: 201
    Well treated her to a few new bits and a complete service....

    New chain set, chain and sprocket....
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    And a head set cover...
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  • James QJames Q Posts: 201
    Heres a quick pic from my ride after work in a woods near my work..

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    So thought I'd treat the Trek to some new QR skewers so got these...
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    And fitted....
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  • unquestionedunquestioned Posts: 172
    I'd be all about changing those brakes.
  • James QJames Q Posts: 201
    There next but i will also need to change the gear shifters as mine are currently integrated in the brake levers. As it is the cable pull brakes do work really well and the gears are smooth changing so in no big rush, I only ride local natural trails and canal paths and the ride into work. My step son will be given the bike in August when I get a new one so at the moment I'm just replacing bits as they brake or wear out with better items.
  • JMcP92JMcP92 Posts: 339
    It would be a bit of a pain inarguably, but I would change the brakes to something hydraulic. The 3500 is not bad for the price point but its brakes are just a bit mushy, won't stop you in a hurry, the weight doesn't help but to be fair when the whole package is £350, nae bad.
    I'd get some hydraulic brakes (I'm quite sure you'd find some in the sales section here, if not then pinkbike) and stick some SLX shifters or something on there, on a good deal they can be had for nae too much.
  • James QJames Q Posts: 201
    I was looking at the slx shifters so will be on the look out. And will be getting some shimano hydraulic brakes.
  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    You need the correct speed really. Slx is a no go without changing a few bits.
  • unquestionedunquestioned Posts: 172
    James Q wrote:
    I was looking at the slx shifters so will be on the look out. And will be getting some shimano hydraulic brakes.

    Deore M596 are cheap just now...

    Just changed out the ones on my Trek for the Deores, only had it 3 weeks but meh, better brakes.
  • James QJames Q Posts: 201
    There the ones im looking at getting. What trek you got?
  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Least you've got Hope.
  • unquestionedunquestioned Posts: 172
    James Q wrote:
    There the ones im looking at getting. What trek you got?

    Mamba 29er.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,756
    I think the QR's are pretty mnuch the very last thing I'd have changed!
    Forks and brakes would have been first.

    Otherwise it at least looks the part.
  • James QJames Q Posts: 201
    edited May 2013
    James Q wrote:
    There the ones im looking at getting. What trek you got?

    Mamba 29er.

    Ah nice, was looking at one of them the other day, got a thread for it?
  • James QJames Q Posts: 201
    I think the QR's are pretty mnuch the very last thing I'd have changed!
    Forks and brakes would have been first.

    Otherwise it at least looks the part.

    Cheers man. My original QR's were terrible and kept coming un-done and wouldn't tighten up well, so thought I might as well pick them p as they were a good price. Brakes and shifters are being changed next. As for the fork the reason that hasnt been changed yet is that I'm still within too minds as to go with a rigid fork or not.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,756
    James Q wrote:
    As for the fork the reason that hasnt been changed yet is that I'm still within too minds as to go with a rigid fork or not.
    Suntour have a solution for that, take it for a few wet and muddy rides and the XCT's often turn into rigids for you....
  • James QJames Q Posts: 201
    So had my new superstar bars and stem turn up today, bargins on ebay....

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  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    What was wrong with what you had?

    Why didn't you save a bit more and buy a better bike the the first place?
  • James QJames Q Posts: 201
    Because these were a good price. And why not up grade what I have, still legal last time I checked. I like the frame fits me well and im comfortable on it.
  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Odd that you check things are legal.

    Anyway, the point being that as you've said they are an upgrade (rather than improved ride due to better positioning) then there are better places to send on that bike (pretty much everywhere) but the stem, bars and qrs.

    But hey it is your money.
  • James QJames Q Posts: 201
    they are an improvement, the stem I has was too long so needed a shorter one, as for the bars the ones I has on were too wide, and my step son wanted them for his (they suit him better then me) so thats where these come in.
  • swod1swod1 Posts: 1,639
    what brakes are you going to fit on the bike ?

    my trek 4500 has deore hydraulics and i find them very good.
  • DanDax1990DanDax1990 Posts: 1,201
    Don't need to justify why you bought the stem and bars mate, They're a contact point. A lot of people change them soon after they've bought a bike. Also they'll of cut weight.

    Highly recommend the Deore M596 brakes, Great for the price.

    What speed shifters do you need? Got some 3x9 Deore shifters in great condition I don't use. PM me if interested.
  • James QJames Q Posts: 201
    The new bars and stem are a big improvement. As for the brakes the deore are likely to go on.
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