Bike upgrade suggestions

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3/26/2020 5:51 PM

Late August 2019, I decided it was time to pick up my first bike. Being my last semester of college I had a limited budget and purchased a used Raleigh Tokul 1 to see if I even liked the sport at first. I ended up loving it. I ride every chance I get, usually 3-4 times a week. However, I want a better bike. My original plan was to have enough saved up to purchase a full suspension by the time the new trail system down the road opens. Things have not gone as planned post-graduation and with the start of the pandemic, it doesn't look like a new bike will be happening for a while.

Bringing me here, what are some budget-friendly upgrades I can do to my bike for a noticeable better ride? Or would I be wasting my time and money?

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3/26/2020 6:25 PM

New tires, brake pads and/or rotors, or a new seat if the current one is not comfortable for 1hr + rides. Brakes are the things I am most particular about and new pads can completely and positively change the feel of your bike. A good set of Galfer metallic pads and rotors makes your bike stop a lot harder/faster and leaves you more confident on faster/steeper terrain.

If you haven't tried different contact points, finding the right pedals, bars, and saddle that fit you well can make a huge difference with your comfort, especially on longer rides.

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3/26/2020 7:50 PM

If you like it the way it is, save your money for your next toy. Otherwise...

A chain. *You say it's your first bike so I just assume you haven't replaced the original chain yet. Fyi- they 'stretch'. Then wear your cogs. No bueno.

Nice tires (whatever that means to you/brand/compound/tread pattern) that work well in your local dirt for your riding style.

Grips. Pedals.

**Dropper post** Spendy, but a game changer.

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3/27/2020 9:37 AM

This one?



Agreed about a dropper post. You'll be hyped on that! PNW Components and OneUp make proven, reliable options at good prices.

What do you not enjoy about it?

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3/27/2020 10:00 AM

bturman wrote:

This one?



Agreed about a dropper post. You'll be hyped on that! PNW Components and OneUp make proven, reliable options at good prices.

What do you not enjoy about it?

I wish! I have the older version, I've had troubles finding the year. I want a dropper post but it feels like I already have a mess of cables in the front.

What I do not like about my bike currently is not having air forks. My forks only adjust the rebound which makes little to no difference, the seem pretty low end. I also have a low-end rear derailleur that does not have a clutch making my chain slap frequently.

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3/27/2020 12:43 PM

I think you just answered your own question. Perhaps a gently used fork and a low end clutch derailleur.

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3/27/2020 1:32 PM

A chain slap protector of some sort will also help make it a bit quieter for cheap. You can use an old tube and electrical tape, purchase one, or get some 3M Mastic tape for a cleaner look.

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