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Upgrading components on a new Softridewiiawiwb
Aug 31, 2001 11:28 AM
Hi everyone. I just ordered a Softride Roadwing Team and wondered if you more experienced roadsmen could suggest one or two items that you would upgrade first and to what. It is cheaper to do now when they build it than later. It is equipped with the following:

Stem - H20; Headset - Dia Compe SA; Brake - Dia Compe 1888; Caliper - 105; Wheels - Rolf Vector; Bottom Bracket - 105; Chain - 105; Crank - Ultegra; Cassette - 105; Front Deralleur - 105; Rear Deralleur - Ultegra

Thanks in advance for your kind advice.
Aug 31, 2001 1:57 PM
Kinda hard to say without any parameters (i.e. budget). Just about everything could be upgraded, to say DA, but the question is why? What is your objective? I seriously question where you're going if you're buying a bike and have immediate plans to upgrade, but don't have any priorities. The best way to upgrade is to buy the right bike equiped the way you want from the start. The most expensive way to upgrade is to buy a bike then systematically upgrade one part at a time at full-pop retail. It's not that you can't or shouldn't do this, but you should know what you're getting yourself into.

Out of the blue my advice would be to ditch the stem, headset, brakes and Rolf wheels. Dia Comp isn't exactly known for making really nice stuff. Get Ultergra or 105 for the headset and brakes, find a lightish stem that meets your geometry and just about any wheelset will be better (water intrusion, weight, relaibility), Ksyriums are nice, but not cheap. Getting the Ultegra BB is pretty cheap and it's quite a bit lighter, but something tells me you're not that concerned about weight since you're riding a Softride.

Ultimately there's nothing wrong with the specs on the bike you're getting, but there's not much wrong with going with the ultimate. It comes down to how big your check book is and how much it matters to you. Maybe just ride the bike for a year or so and then replace components once they become worn or your form some strong opinions about what you like/dislike. Afterall we could make suggestions until the cows come home, but this isn't a popluarity contest - it's _your_ bike.

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one itemhooheehooha
Aug 31, 2001 2:37 PM
the frame
re: Upgrading components on a new SoftrideBirddog
Aug 31, 2001 7:10 PM
If it doesn't already have one, slap a carbon fiber fork on it. An Ouzo Pro would be nice!
Sep 2, 2001 7:17 PM
To me, second to frame, the wheels are the most critical part of a bike. Like grz, I'd upgrade to Ksyriums - much better wheels, IMO.

Sep 3, 2001 11:21 AM
... if weight savings are the concern I'd upgrade first the wheels then the bottom bracket and cassette. It won't make the bike flashier but you'll get the most bang for the buck.
re: Upgrading components on a new SoftrideLavs
Sep 3, 2001 9:15 PM
Coming from one who has gone to the cutting/bleeding edge of technology in search of the "best" components and is now simplifying but still in search of the best/most efficient,...

Weight is harped on but saving a few grams on components won't buy you much in speed, especially in TT's or Tris. Loose weight off the body by riding and eating right,... grams off the bike will mostly just lighten your wallet, probably don't carry that on the ride.

No worries about components,... now days they "all" work well,... what is your application,... TT's/tris, fun,... do the following

1a) Improve the engine!!!!
1b) Buy a Heart rate monitor that downloads to the computer (Polar), best item I ever purchase!!!
1c) Buy a Computrainer,... Do intervals!!! Improve pedaling efficiency, no need for the 3D version. Second best tool I ever purchased!!

2) Aero bars

3) Improve the wheels,... Mavic Cosmic Carbone, Zipp 404, Trispoke (Specialized, HED3, Nimble) all are fine. I have been riding Vector Pro's,... borrowed a pair of the Mavics,... Woooow what a difference in speed and smoothness.

4) Fork I think this frame has a 1 1/8" steer tube?,... go for a carbon fork with a carbon steer tube,... the Reynolds Ouzo ProAero has been highly recommended, for TT's but I'm also told is is a little "flexi" in hard corning for big guys.

5) For TTs where shoe covers (~$30)

6) Use an aero water bottle on the bars,... the tube will be right in your face,... you will drink lots more.

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