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    I'm looking to slowly upgrade some of the components on my bike. Of course i'd like to keep the budget down and do it slowly. My first upgrade was a set of ergon gp1 grips then a set of wellgo w70- DH pedals:
    http://www.torpedo7.com.au/products/...-Pedal---Alloy

    What do you guys reckon could be a good upgrade next that wouldnt cost more then a couple of hundred. things i am looking to improve in order are,

    -weight
    -control
    -climbing performance

    could you reccomend brand names and model numbers

    thanks

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    Well lets start off those pedals arent probably the best when it comes to weight.....

    If you could provide a spec-list it would make it easier :)
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    .....and a budget. My experience is that if you are looking to make major changes, it might be better to look at getting a new bike. The cost of the individual parts is much more than the cost of a bike, especially if you buy the bike second hand.

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    lol yeah those pedals are quite heavy but i wanted the large platforms so i dont have to stay clipped in on nasty section of trail.

    here are the stock components:
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    * Rockshox Dart 1 fork
    * Giant Air shock w/adjustable rebound & fixed platform
    * Shimano Deore/Altus drivetrain
    * Shimano crankset
    * Shimano mechanical disc brakes

    size XS:14.5, S:15, M:17, L:19, XL:20
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    colours White/Black
    frame ALUXX FluidFormed™ alloy 4"/100mm travel
    rear shock Giant air shock w/rebound adj. & pedalling platform
    fork Rockshox Dart 1 4"/100mm
    rear derailleur Shimano Deore high normal 8speed
    front derailleur Shimano Altus 34.9
    shifters Shimano Alyus 24 speed EZ FIRE+
    crankset Shimano Acer Class M191 24x34x44
    bottom bracket FSA Semi Cartridge
    shift/chain guide
    chain Shimano IG 8speed
    cassette Shimano IG30 8speed 11-32T
    brakes Shimano M415 mechanical disc w/6" centre-lock rotors
    brake levers Shimano v-brake
    hubs Shimano RM65 8sp, QR, cassette disc
    rims Alloy double wall disc 26"x36H
    spokes 14G stainless black
    tyres Hutchinson Scorpion 26 x 2.0"
    pedals Flat steel cage
    h.bar/stem Alloy riser/Alloy 2 bolt ahead 15 degree
    seat post Alloy 30.9 micro-adjust
    saddle SDG Bel Air
    grips Giant kraton

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    Quote Originally Posted by preemo View Post
    .....and a budget. My experience is that if you are looking to make major changes, it might be better to look at getting a new bike. The cost of the individual parts is much more than the cost of a bike, especially if you buy the bike second hand.
    i dont want to do any real major upgrades, just a few smaller ones.

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    The forks go first. Look for some secondhand 100mm/4". Do a search, many topics on this before. RS tend to dominate the smaller travel fork market.

    Change the shifters. Even if you get some deores, it will be better than those...And it wont set you back too much of a pretty penny.

    Thats all for smaller upgrades. If you start look to upgrading more than that it will be better to buy a new bike......
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    Quote Originally Posted by newbiemtb View Post
    I'm looking to slowly upgrade some of the components on my bike. Of course i'd like to keep the budget down and do it slowly. My first upgrade was a set of ergon gp1 grips then a set of wellgo w70- DH pedals:
    http://www.torpedo7.com.au/products/...-Pedal---Alloy

    What do you guys reckon could be a good upgrade next that wouldnt cost more then a couple of hundred. things i am looking to improve in order are,

    -weight
    -control
    -climbing performance

    could you reccomend brand names and model numbers

    thanks
    How about some new tyres? Potential to save weight, gain control and improve climbing performance.

    Personally I'd stick with minimalist clip in pedals and work on your skill rather than use platform pedals. Depending on the type of riding, these can be more of a hinderance and do add some weight to the bike.

    Also it is good advise to upgrade the whole bike rather than bits at a time, if you bought a NOS 2007/2008 bike you could probably get it for less than the replacement value of the parts (less frame).

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    Default maybe shifters

    Maybe the shifters. But there are not as many good deals on 8 sp stuff as 8 speed stuff these days. I would wait until the whole drive train is worn out, and then may swap to 9sp. Deore or SLX level could be a good aim. Only worth while if you are buying online and getting a good price.

    Otherwise buy a whole new bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3viltoast3r View Post
    The forks go first. Look for some secondhand 100mm/4". Do a search, many topics on this before. RS tend to dominate the smaller travel fork market.

    Change the shifters. Even if you get some deores, it will be better than those...And it wont set you back too much of a pretty penny.

    Thats all for smaller upgrades. If you start look to upgrading more than that it will be better to buy a new bike......
    i'll need to get new brake levers too if i change the shifters yeah? cause looking at my bike, the brake levers and shifters are connected.

    what models forks would you reccomend in the rock shox?

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    I would get SPDs or clip in pedals but I do trail/XC riding. Good performance wieght upgrade. Can be reasonably price too.
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