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Upgrade Question(5 posts)

Upgrade Questionosc
Sep 28, 2001 1:01 PM
I have a 1999 Bianchi Veloce with Campagnola Veloce components and have been thinking about upgrading to Campagnola Chorus components and also getting better wheels. Is this worthwhile or should I just think about getting a better bike with Chorus components and better wheelsets? Thanks for any comments or suggestions.
Upgrade components now, frame later...Cima Coppi
Sep 28, 2001 1:38 PM
If you cannot afford a new bike built with Chorus, upgrading to Chorus now is a good thing. The Bianchi Veloce frame is a solid, well built frame that will last a long time with good care. The Chorus components would complement the frame well. I new wheel set will also make a huge difference in the ride.

If you can afford a new bike right now, I'd suggest checking out www.gvhbikes.com. Gary stocks a great selection of frames at awesome prices. He can get you into a premium Italian or US hand made frame w/Chorus for very good prices. This would be a good route to go because then you can use your Veloce as a second training bike for bad weather, winter, etc.

Good luck.

CC
Upgrade components now, frame later...Jon
Sep 28, 2001 2:21 PM
If you're on any kind of a budget, upgrading components and wheels would make the most sense to me.
A two year old frame, assuming you haven't crashed it, is as good as new. My two cents.
PUT IT ALL ON WHEELS!!! and maybe shiftersnestorl
Sep 28, 2001 5:05 PM
If you change the components you will only truely feel a difference in your shifting...but new high end wheels...oh boy... how those wheels will make you fell...!!!! There is absolutely no doubt that you will feel a huge difference in confort and performance just by getting high end wheels... I I were in your position and will put all my money in getting the best weels and only changing your shifters and rear der. my2c
Dittojtolleson
Sep 29, 2001 11:20 AM
Nice wheels can easily be moved to an entirely new bike, and the old wheels can be slapped back on for resale.

I disagree about upgrading components now and frame later. Basically, that's the equivalent of buying a new bike in stages, and paying top dollar for it.

It's been said that the cheapest way to buy components is attached to a new frame. You'll spend a fortune upgrading components, then invest a bunch of labor (or money if you have to pay the LBS and not do-it-yourself) to put the used/worn components on to another frame down the road. That's crazy.

Get nice rims, hubs, and tires and have someone hand-build something nice and easily transferable (no experience necessary!) to your new steed. You'll also have a full bike to resell (not a box of parts) or keep as your backup.