I'm finally getting back into riding after an extended absence. I bought a bike on CL and I am planning on making a number of upgrades to where I'll be comfortable with the bike I'm riding. I'm no pro, so I don't need top-line gear. However, I want to upgrade my suspension (currently a Suntour XCM 2) and brakes (currently v-brakes). As it turns out, I'll need to grab a disc-ready set of wheels if I hope to accomplish this upgrade.
What I am wondering is if I would be able to buy a disc hub for my wheels and simply install them vs. having to go the long way and buy a whole new wheelset. The reason I ask is because I've found a number of affordable avenues to reach the goal I've set for myself, I just wanted to know if this would be an advisable route to take.
ps - Sorry for the ridiculously long post.
Does the frame have disc tabs as well?
You can just get the hubs and replace the old ones. But it is probably a good idea to swap out the spokes too. You can probably find very cheap wheel sets that might be less of a hassle in the long run.
What is your budget and how much have you already spent on the bike? Reason I ask, is that it is sometimes very easy to start upgrading a bike to the point where it is better financially to flat out buy a new one. There are some good deals out there on some cheap bikes, especially hard tail bikes.
The frame (and fork) have disc tabs. I was thinking that simply buying a wheelset would be far less of a pain than buying a hub and putting that on.
I spent 400 on the bike and probably will put another couple hundred into it at this point based on what I have been able to find on line and in the area in terms of upgrades. I hear you on simply buying a new bike with the level of component I'm looking for, but that is not in the financial cards for me at this point. At least not yet.
The wheelset route will be the easiest and likely cheapest. In order to swap hubs, you'd have to get new hubs with the same flange dimensions so your old spokes would fit. Reusing spokes is generally a bad idea, though.
That is kind of what I figured. I was hopeful since I can snag a pretty cheap set of hubs online in the interim before picking up a wheelset. Oh well. Thanks for the advice though.