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Upgrades to factory bike(5 posts)

Upgrades to factory bikenewracer
Feb 5, 2002 11:57 AM
I currently have a 3 yr old factory Cannondale with what I believe is a 105 group. In the past I have ridden mostly for fitness but would like to compete in some local races.

What component changes would you suggest to make my bike faster and lighter. My first change is wheelset as I have Mavic CXP10 currently. I have been reading previous postings and thought about looking for some used Kysriums.

Any suggestions?
I'd go for the wheelsMcAndrus
Feb 5, 2002 12:09 PM
Not sure which C'dale you have but they seem to be born to race. While 105 is not top of the line, it should do well. I know a Cat 2 who races with 105.

Wheels: the more I ride the more I'm learning they're the most important component to upgrade.
Don't upgrade something until it breaks or wears outStraightblock
Feb 5, 2002 4:57 PM
A 105-equipped Cannondale is plenty of bike for entry-level racing at the local or club level. It's at the price point where you get the most bang for your buck. Upgrading the wheels & tires, as posted above, is about the only upgrade where you'll feel the difference. The only other upgrade I'd suggest might be better shoes & pedals, unless you've got good stuff already. Anything beyond that will take some serious cash to drop a noticeable amount of weight.

I seem to remember someone posting about weight reduction costing around $1 per gram. If that's true, you'd spend $400-$500 to drop a pound. You can feel that in the wheels, but not if you lost the weight elsewhere. Some of those lightweight upgrades will also make your bike more flexible & less efficient for sprinting & climbing, as well as less reliable.

If you get a great deal on wheels, go for it. Just remember that a bike that's 10% lighter than another isn't 10% faster. The most important thing that will make yourbike faster is you.
Don't upgrade something until it breaks or wears outweiwentg
Feb 5, 2002 5:28 PM
>>If you get a great deal on wheels, go for it. Just remember that a bike that's 10% lighter than another isn't 10% faster. The most important thing that will make yourbike faster is you.<<

Well said.

>>Don't upgrade something until it breaks or wears out<<

Good advice ... but hard to follow. VERY hard to follow. ;)
re: Upgrades to factory bikenewracer
Feb 7, 2002 8:40 AM
Any suggestions on wheels? I am looking at the $300 range and would like to purchase used. Any pitfalls? Make sure I have certain types of hubs? What are some of the advantages/disadvantages of certain types of wheels?

True about the "hard not to upgrade until it breaks...." Easier to spend money than to train.