- Gripped by indecision… more travel or better stoppers ?
Assuming those are fairly old but working XTR brakes, flog them over there -> and then buy the latest SLX brakes with the proceeds – mine stop me if I so much as brush my finger on the lever!
10mm extra travel is nothing unless you feel your fork is too short already. Better to improve the fork performance with service/upgrade like PUSH or getting the latest damper fitted. Also worth getting the stanchions checked eh?Posted 5 years ago
You can improve your brakes for very little by just fitting a large front rotor, new fluid, pads and bedding them in properly.
Then just service your existing forks. 10mm travel you wont notice, proper rebound/compression and a lack of stiction you will.
Then set them up properly to suit you and your riding.Posted 5 years ago
Thanks for the replies all
I hadnt considered custom valves/tuning the fork, maybe a good idea… what is PUSH exactly ? not sure what that is
As for the brakes they have had all the upgardes i can think of over the years… goodridge hoses, 203 rotor up front and bled by me and cytec mechanic… they work pretty well every time but just dont seem to have the power of newer brakes. Ridden a mates bike with the new XT brakes on and they were amazing. No matter what i do i cant 1 finger brake with them as they dont scrub off enough speed.
I could shed some weight but thats not as much fun as buying shiney things for my bike.
Had a session with Ed-O last year and it was worth every penny… made me much fasterPosted 5 years agocynic-alMember
larrystumbles – Member
Its time to spend some money upgrading my bike
I don’t see why your brakes shouldn’t work 100% after a bleed/set-up/new pads.
A DIY fork service can make a massive difference too.
It just sounds like you have some money you want to spend but aren’t doing so wisely.Posted 5 years ago
Not really spent anything major on my bike for 4 years now.. so yes there is definitely an element of wanting to spend some money on it whether its wise or not.Posted 5 years ago
My brakes do work, and have done so consistently well for that period.. . but the new XT ones i tried worked even better and 1 finger braking was easy even with 160 rotors front and rear.iridebikesMember
4 years is a good ammount of time to keep kit you’ll get some money for the old forks as well, so that will either make it cheaper or mean you can spend money on some new bars or tyres etc.Posted 5 years ago
If you want to buy new stuff, just do it, ignore this lot telling you you shouldnt spend your money.
Its time to spend some money upgrading my bike but i cant decide which upgrade will improve the ride experience the most… some new forks or new brakes ?
Both could do with replacing if i’m honest but funds simply wont allow, so which do people reckon would have the most noticable impact ?
Current forks are some well used but fully functional Fox 32 Talas RLC’s from about 2007/8. I fancy a pair of the new Marzocchi 44 RC3 Ti’s but not sure i’ll really notice the extra 10mm travel
The brakes are XTR M975’s which have been super reliable but do result in hand ache on more challenging descents as 1 finger braking wont slow my considerable bulk quickly enough
Any advice?Posted 5 years agomuddyfunsterMember
Guy, if you are having trouble stopping with m975s with goodridge hoses you are doing something wrong. Sure, the new shimano range are very very powerful but what you have is ample. Having said that, I would be changing more for ergonomic reasons than power, as the new lever shape is lovely to use and one finger braking is a joy. Modulation a plenty too if you have any modicum of coordination.
You could run a bigger tyre on the front or a deeper bottom headset cup – would give you the same effect as 10mm more travel, geometry wise.Posted 5 years ago
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