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Component Question(9 posts)

Component QuestionRandyMH
Aug 28, 2001 10:07 AM
I want to do a fairly inexspensive upgrad to my bike. I'm considering either changing the bottom bracket or changing the front and rear hubs to 105's. Which one will I notice the biggest difference with?
it dependsRusty McNasty
Aug 28, 2001 10:12 AM
whaddya got now??
it dependsRandyMH
Aug 28, 2001 10:23 AM
Coda hubs, not sure of the bb but it's Cannondale's low line.
Why????Live Steam
Aug 28, 2001 10:41 AM
What is your goal?
Aug 28, 2001 10:47 AM
Don't know what you have now, but why not leapfrog over 105 and get Ultegra? The price is a little more but the difference is nice. Your option. I like spending other's money for them!
Depends what is attached to your upgradesAlpedhuez55
Aug 28, 2001 11:00 AM
Well, I think the Bottom Bracket should not make a big difference unless you also change the cranks. A splined crankset in my opinion is a nice upgrade. I think you could do these for about $100. The 105 crangks are almost identical to the Ultegras. I did the LX to LX splined holowtech and notice a big difference in stiffness. I would not upgrade the BB unless it was giving you trouble.

If you are just changing the hubs, whether or not it is an upgrade depends on what they are laced to. I am assuming you are going to change the whole wheel. Other than a few grams, I do not think you will see a huge benefit in upgrading the hubs only inless you put a good set of rims on them.

An upgrade that may work is a rear deraileur upgrade. Move up to an ultegra from a 105 or tiagra and you will notice smoother shifting. It is also one of the fist things people look at on your bike. That would cost less than your hubset and give you the best bang for the buck.
Forget itMel Erickson
Aug 28, 2001 11:02 AM
If what you've got is working fine you won't notice a difference with either upgrade. Plus the new hubs involve much more, you'll have to rebuild the wheel, or have someone else do it at more cost. Also, do you have the tools for the BB? If not, more cost for installation. And what will you acheive? Nothing noticeable. Save your money for either a major upgrade or new bike. You'll get alot more bang for your buck. The upgrade demon strikes in upredictable ways.
New Handlebar Tape.MB1
Aug 28, 2001 11:23 AM
Not as crazy as it sounds. It doesn't cost much, changes the look of your bike and you notice it while you ride.

Then you can save your money for bigger and better things than a hub or BB. Wheels for instance.
Getting rid of CODA stuff is almost always a good thing....Mike K
Aug 28, 2001 12:12 PM
I've never run C-Dale's road hubs but the "CODA Expert" MTB hubs are garbage. I've had both front and rear (twice) replaced. I've had 6 C-Dales (mostly road) over the years and not a worthwhile CODA part among them. That said, replacing hubs involves at least rebuilding your wheels which will make this less than a "simple" upgrade. You can get Mavic Open Pros (or better yet CXP33) laced to Ultegra hubs for around $250 which might make a nice improvement in your ride.
Changing your BB again is probably not worth doing unless it no longer spins well (the other posts regarding changing to a spline, etc make sense, especially since we do not what you running now).
You have to have a goal and a budget in mind when upgrading or you will spend a lot more than you can imagine and keep upgrading things until you're either broke or dead (there is always something newer, lighter, "cooler" each InterBike).
The idea about changing color/type of tape makes a lot of sense, gives you a new look and something that involves playing with the bike for a few minutes to install - making it well worth the investment.