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Buy new or Upgrade(11 posts)

Buy new or UpgradeZonPlyr
Sep 18, 2002 6:19 AM
Ok, I know it will be quite a bit of work to do but here goes:
I am currently riding an early 90's Miyata (steel frame) 12 spd. I love the bike, it fits great and is very comfortable for me. Here is the problem, some of the components are starting to wear after all these years of use (granted, some years the use was just moving it around in the garage).

I have been riding quite a bit lately though and the bike is starting to show it's age. I know that if I were to put new derailleurs and cranks to utilize the latest 9spd technology that I would have to have someone knowledgable work on the seat and chain stays to accomodate the larger cassette.

Question is, is it worth it, or should i just bite the bullet and warm up the credit card.

AdvThanksAnce I have really learned a lot in this forum.
Torch up the credit card and go for a Merak with Record 10. (nm)onespeed
Sep 18, 2002 6:25 AM
Torch up the credit card and go for a Merak with Record 10. (nm)ZonPlyr
Sep 18, 2002 6:32 AM
Kind of figured I'd hear that from you. :)
Besides my onespeed, you cant go wrong with the Merak. (nm)onespeed
Sep 18, 2002 6:37 AM
Get a Merak with Record 10 and you can mention it any time.dzrider
Sep 18, 2002 7:21 AM
Not only that you can remind people that it's beautiful and it costs a lot. Few bikes offer that kind of satisfaction.
re: Buy new or Upgradejoekm
Sep 18, 2002 6:28 AM
I just went through this myself not too long ago. My old bike was a Centurion Accordo (i.e. Diamondback). I found that it was more cost effective to just get a new bike. There are a few pretty good steel bikes out there with full Ultegra setups in the $1000 - $2000 dollar range. Upgrading your bike's groupset, wheels, headset, etc. could easily run you around $1000 or more, and then you need a bike shop to switch everything over.

OTOH - I just bought a full Ultegra Reynolds 853 steel bike for about $1250.
Heat it upDark Sonix
Sep 18, 2002 6:36 AM
I rode several older steel bikes (including a modified '85 schwinn sprint) before my current ride ('01 Klein Quantum). I would recommmend purchasing a new bike. You will be amazed at the advances in materials (even steel) and the improved function of the components.

Keep the Miyata though for old times sake and rain day duty.
DS and Joekm have it right . . .Look381i
Sep 18, 2002 6:53 AM
In the long run, you'd probably be better off keeping the Miyata for back up duty, for friends to ride, for converting to a mudder, or whatever. With what you would pay to do a good upgrade plus a bit more you can buy quite a decent new bike. The price range of $1000-2000 gives you a lot of acceptable choices. To get some ideas in that price range, you might check out Gary Hobbs at GVHbikes.com. Friends and I have had very good success with him. (By the way, he currently has an Ultegra-equipped, aluminum bike on special for $995 in limited sizes.)
re:Try new bikes then decide.dzrider
Sep 18, 2002 7:03 AM
If you like the new ones in your price range it will almost certainly be a better value than upgrading. If, however, you decide that none of them feel as good as your Miyata, upgrade.
re: Buy new or UpgradeZonPlyr
Sep 18, 2002 7:19 AM
I have been looking at new bikes for about 2 months now, really like the Klein Quantum and Quantum Race along with a couple in the Felt line. Guess I'll start saving for the spring purchase. Although now seems to be a good time to buy with the new models coming out.
good time indeedDark Sonix
Sep 18, 2002 7:34 AM
I picked up my '01 klein last year around this time on closeout. full ultegra expect for the brakes, rolf vector comps, etc. for around $1400. you can find some great deals if you hunt around.

highly recommend the klein. accerlates so fast and climbs light. handling is super sharp. the only caveat i have found is a slight wheel hop due, according a poster to my thread below, the short stays and wheelbase. however, it occurs rarely, i.e. monster mashing up rough surface hills. the thing i like about the wheel hop is you know the power is going straight to the rear wheel.

good luck!