I am sure lots of us go through this - I just really need an outside perspective to an internal debate I’ve been having for… months.
I started XC in January 2022 after 1-2 years of fairly consistent road riding and 3-4 years of plodding along. Completely fell in love with the sport and sold my road bike the month after I bought my hardtail. It’s all I ride, my 1 and only bike and have so much enjoyment from it. Not to mention I do all my workouts outdoors, including the winter - so my 1 bike gets a lot of use.
However… 6000km later… The Dilema
After 1 season of racing XC, and doing fairly well at 4.5+wkg - my skill levels are catching up and feel that I benefit so much more with bike tech compared to road riding where I didn’t really care much for ‘mariginal gains’.
So I began to upgrade - First the wheels to 25int width (done), and
Now I am thinking of some upgrades for next season…
Bigger forks (100 to 120) , shorter cranks (175 to 170) , new stem (-20) , handlebars (why not), tyre inserts… maybe a carbon back wheel as I have managed to buckle my new wheels within 3 months of owning them (shoulda ran tyre inserts)… Other things about my bike I can’t change annoy me like the 27.2 seatpost, barely enough clearence for 2.35’’ tyres… I can’t stop thinking about upgrades!!
I am starting to think if this is the right way to go about it.
Is upgrading really worth the money? Would I better better off just selling it and getting a complete new bike?
After this past year of riding I’ll probably need to spend a few hundred just on maintaining the bike - I might just sell it as is and buy a brand new bike.
Do you guys have a logic on upgrading vs selling and buying new? What saves you money in the long run?
Is there a point to upgrading if everything on the bike other than the frame remains original?