Upgrade list - best bang for your buck?

supermurph09
supermurph09 Posts: 2,471
edited June 2013 in Road buying advice
Hi, currently looking at a number of options for upgrades on my Cube Agree GTC Race, including wheels, chainset and brakes. I wondered what people thought were the best areas to upgrade in terms of getting the most for your cash. I realise things will probably be marginal in terms of performance, but also looking at aestetics as well. My bike is a mix of Ultegra/105 so I'm currently looking at replacing the none Ultegra bits:

Chainset: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-ultegra ... -chainset/
Brakes: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-ultegra ... e-caliper/

What do most people upgrade first?

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  • doug5_10
    doug5_10 Posts: 465
    What do most people upgrade first?

    Tyres, tubes and brake pads
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  • daviesee
    daviesee Posts: 6,386
    Assuming you have a bike that fits, contact areas.

    Saddle
    Tyres
    Shorts
    Mitts
    In that order.

    Gear ratios next if you are struggling or spinning out.

    Most other things are vanity. :oops:
    None of the above should be taken seriously, and certainly not personally.
  • shadow4532
    shadow4532 Posts: 133
    What do most people upgrade first?
    wheels first assuming that the wheels you already have are heavyer that ones your looking at replacing them with.
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  • mfin
    mfin Posts: 6,729
    1.Tyres and Tubes
    2.Brake blocks (unless sram and already on swisstop, or Campag, which are always good)
    3.Wheels
    4.Remove Shimano and go Sram (or Campag)
  • I've got a 2012 Cube GTC Race Agree, and i upgraded the following first to last.

    Seat
    Brake blocks (bought SwissStop Green)
    Wheels
    installed Di2 (but that was more of a treat)

    I would definitely do the seat and brake blocks. Mine came with Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tyres anyway so no need to upgrade them.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Wheels*. Get some really really good ones in a sale ;-)

    If you have any cash left get some equally top spec tyres.

    Then get some decent pads.

    Waste of time/money changing 105 to Ultegra IMO after that (unless it busts, then always upgrade rather than replace :-))
    There are too many better things to spend money on :-)

    *You should have already done seat if it was not right
  • supermurph09
    supermurph09 Posts: 2,471
    I've got a 2012 Cube GTC Race Agree, and i upgraded the following first to last.

    Seat
    Brake blocks (bought SwissStop Green)
    Wheels
    installed Di2 (but that was more of a treat)

    I would definitely do the seat and brake blocks. Mine came with Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tyres anyway so no need to upgrade them.

    Interesting points. I have the 2013 model, I've got the pads at home ready to go on. I'm happy with the seat tbh. Did you upgrade your wheels? If so, what to?
  • Bozman
    Bozman Posts: 2,518
    Wheels, tyres, seatpost, saddle, bars, stem, bar tape and brake blocks.

    You can save time upgrading by purchasing a frame and building the bike up to the spec you want.
  • drlodge
    drlodge Posts: 4,826
    My first upgrade would be tyres and inner tubes (cheap) - Conti GP4000S and Supersonic tubes (cheap weight reduction off the rim)
    Then I would see to anything that is giving discomfort or not adding to the enjoyment of the ride - pedals, saddle, bars, bar tape, gears (ratios) etc. May be all of these are fine, if so move on.
    Then probably wheels (nice pair of hand builts)
    Then other components.
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  • migrantwing
    migrantwing Posts: 385
    @mfin

    Blackout...in the red roooooooooooooooooom :!: :wink:
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  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    SM, as you k ow I can't really help you on the question front but I have an almost brand new ultegra chain set with your name on it if you want it. It's not the small one but the factory fit from felt, I think 39/54 ?
    I replaced it for the 50/34 which to ride is far better so not sure it will be what your after but let me know.
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  • mfin
    mfin Posts: 6,729
    @mfin

    Blackout...in the red roooooooooooooooooom :!: :wink:

    :)