New Bike or New Components?

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  1. atrain63

    atrain63 New Member

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    Need some advice..........my current ride is a trek sl 1000 alum frame and carb fork and seat post, sora shifters, 2203 front derail, and tiagra rear. VERY VERY entry level. bought the bike for $600. it is now eight months later and i have basically got too good for the bike. to me when racing in either crits or road it feels too heavy. (this sucker weighs 22.5lbs by the way!) i am wondering if i went all carbon and better components would better benefit me more than just rigging my current bike with 105 components.

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  2. senator52

    senator52 New Member

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    My advice is that if you already feel you have outgrown the bike, which is common to do within a year on the lower entry level bikes, then it would be more sensible to upgrade onto a new ride. Buying an entire new 105 groupset (which would certainly have its own benefits) will provide less bang for your buck in comparison to buying a whole new bike equipped with 105. Yes, that requires quite a bit more money but moving from the old 1000 to a new bike will have a far greater long term benefit and you will be more content with the move in a few years when you decide you should have upgraded the bike anyway.
     
  3. dm69

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    First off the bike isn't holding you back. Spend as much as you want or give the money to me :p . You should work out whether your a lover of bikes or a lover of racing/ training. Depending on this I would recommend a totally new bike or a powermeter.

    Personally I would get a PM. If you can afford a good bike and a PM go for it!
     
  4. Carrera

    Carrera New Member

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    Why not do as I do with my Carrera. Use it for those days when there's grit on the road or maybe very rainy. Invest in a top-notch bike but use that one for decent weather.

     
  5. Mish

    Mish New Member

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    Turn the Trek into a fixed gear for fun and whatever training benefit comes with it and buy another bike. I do the ebay thing and have been blessed with great bikes at a great value.
     
  6. dhk2

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    My vote says keep it as a beater bike, or sell if you can find a buyer. Don't mess around with upgrading, because you'll spend a lot of money and time, and still want that light CF wonderbike anyway.

    The lighter bike will feel quicker and more responsive. Just don't expect that saving 4-5 lbs is going to take you from the back of the pack to podium finishes overnight.
     
  7. vic32amg

    vic32amg New Member

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    I would love to say " Support your local LBS" but my local LBS was selling my bike that I got on ebay for 1350.00 for 2200.00. with prices like that they will need to support me.

    I bought my bike off ebay for under 1500 shipped to my doorstep. full carbon with combo 105/ultegra components.

    (tarmac comp) Brand new in the box from the fatory with all bubble wrap and factory stickers and stuff. like x-mas in june.

    I would buy a new bike on Ebay and sell your old one for a couple bucks if you need to.

    edit:I'm kinda in the same scenario - I am wondering if I should upgrade to D/A comppnents or would buying a different buke help. I heard the frame I have is more than adequate and a upgrade of components would be fine and more benificial than upgrading the entire rig.
     
  8. Mish

    Mish New Member

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    Upgrade as the components need it. Do the wheels now. Ultegra works as well as D/A, might last longer, and the weight difference is very little.

    I got a Titanium Lemond Tete De Course for $1500 used with D/A on Ebay. If you don't mind some wrenching, used bikes can be a great deal.
     
  9. KellyT

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    Sora shifters are annoying crap (IMO) and would be well worth getting rid of. I would be tempted to upgrade (I like 105 gear kit myself), or if you really feel the need, upgrade to a better Trek. The first I Trek I bought is still a great bike and a really enjoyable ride. Although I have bought a few bikes since, I see the more expensive bikes as being more different than they are better. Being slightly heavy is only going to make a genuine difference if you are doing a fair bit of climbing, otherwise you shouldn't get over focused on bike weight.
     
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