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What to upgrade first??

dave1324dave1324 Posts: 11
edited May 2014 in MTB buying advice
So i picked up a cannondale trail sl3 last year and since then only bought new pedals and tyres, having trouble figuring what to upgrade next, ive got approx £400 so the more things i can upgrade the better. current specs are:

Fork: Custom RST Deuce Coil 100mm
Front Derailleur:Shimano Alivio
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore Shadow
Chainset: Shimano M4308
Cassette:Sunrace 11-32
Brakes: Shimano M445 160mm
Handlebars: Cannondale C3 20mm rise
Stem:Cannondale C4 1.5
Cane Creek 1.5 semi integrated
Cannondale D2 Dual Density
Maddux DC3.0
Front Hub:Formula DC20
Rear Hub:Formula DC22
Tyres: Racing Ralph
Saddle:Cannondale Halo
Seatpost:Cannondale C4

was also wondering what the benefit to switching to a 2x10/11 is apart from clearance.

thanks, dave


  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    What's bust?
  • dave1324dave1324 Posts: 11
    umm may stretch to 450.
  • I think he means what, if anything is broken.

    You'll see the greatest benifit by spending it on new forks and wheels.
    Giant Trance 3 '08
    Kona Lava Dome '96
    Giant Alliance '08
  • dave1324dave1324 Posts: 11
    oh in that case nothings broke, just want to add some bits, i haven't got a clue what forks are good or bad.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 14,770
    If you have £400 to upgrade a new bike why didn't you just spend the money on a better bike? You would get better value for money than buying a bike and upgrading.
    First thing I would say are a Rockshox Reba fork and some better wheels. You will need a new headset to change the forks because Canondale uae a 1.5" steerer and that's a very unusual size on xc forks.
  • jas754jas754 Posts: 26
    If your wanting too spend 400 quid on upgrading a sl3 id be tempted too sell it on and buy a new last years sl1 at a bargain price, everythings slightly uprated and you've got a new bike ... -SL-1-2013
  • If it takes a tapered steerer then these are very cheap. ... -prod90497

    You'd need to get new wheels at the same time thought as your present front hub won't be compatible I don't think.

    Don't worry about a 2x transmission. Would cost too much to do.
    Giant Trance 3 '08
    Kona Lava Dome '96
    Giant Alliance '08
  • dave1324dave1324 Posts: 11
    i guess ill look round to see what price i can get for bike currently and go from there if upgrading doesnt seem worth it, thanks.
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