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Hi All,

What would you all say would be my best "Bang for the Buck" performance upgrade on my stock '06 Trek 2100?

Here are the current specs:

Frame: ZR 9000 w/TCT Carbon seat stays
Fork: Bontrager, carbon
Wheels: Bontrager Select
Tires: Bontrager Race Lite, 700x25c

Drivetrain
Shifters: Shimano 105 STI, 10 speed
Front Derailleur: Double -Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
Crank: Bontrager Race 53/39
Cassette: Shimano 105 12-25, 10 speed
Pedals: Nashbar Z11 road, Look Delta clipless

Components
Saddle: Bontrager Race Lux
Seat Post: Bontrager Carbon
Handlebars: Bontrager Select w/BzzzKill, 31.8mm
Stem: Bontrager Select, 7 degree, 31.8mm
Headset: Cane Creek Internal, sealed, alloy
Brakeset: Cane Creek 3 w/Shimano 105 STI levers
Extras: Bontrager BzzzKill harmonic dampers by Mathews

BTW, I would classify myself as a strong recreational/fitness rider. I also commute to work on this bike at least some of the time. I would say I average about 50 miles per week, with some weeks going as high as 100 miles during the peak of the season.

Thanks for your input.

Jay B.
 

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While I'm not a fan of Bontrager wheels, there's really not much "wrong" with what you've got. If your wheels stay true, you won't really notice any change with either of the suggested upgrades (both suggestions are good, one is more for general purpose riding - Ultegra/OP handbuilts and the other is more race oriented -Rol Volants) as long as you understand the purpose the wheelbuilders had in mind and it is compatible with your intended use. From what you say, the U/OP set is more compatible with your uses. That's not a sexy wheelset; it's a great performing practical wheelset. I know because I own 4 variations on that theme.
 

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man this is a freaking pandora's box.

Bang for your buck as far as what? Comfort, fitness, weight...

Plus you didnt give us a price point.

Wheels will win this debate 8/10 times... but if you are out there with platform pedals.. .Im gonna vote pedals.. .know what I mean? Performance is a funny thing... if you crankarms are too short... etc etc etc.

I will say, however, knowlege is the key. Training smarter and harder, and having the components available to accurately measure, record and train to those metrics is valuable as well. So books, professional fit, decent computer/HR, etc...

Plus, get some white bar tape, its faster.
 

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MB1 said:
Take a week long tour.
I would say +1. Figuring the bike list at $1600, then I would assume the investment for the upgrade would be no more then a third to half the cost of the bike. The performance gains of any component for $500 to $800 won't be that substantial, and I doubt even a fast recreational rider would really notice a difference.

My vote would be the out of box thinking MB1 suggested, and to spend the money on a journey with the bike as is.

If you want something shiny and new (nothing wrong with that) my vote would be for some high-end cycling clothes, new fancy sidi shoes, and bad a$$ helmet.
 

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MB1 said:
Take a week long tour.
I figured wheels would get the most nods, but I really like this out of the box idea. I just wish I had a little more vacation time saved up. I might not be able to do a week, but maybe 2 or 3 days over a long weekend would work.

Hum... I wonder where I should go? Any ideas for a good 2 or 3 day tour in Minnesota or Wisconsin? I've heard there are some good routes in the SE corner of Minnesota. Has anyone ridden anything in that area?

Thanks,

Jay B.
 

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While I'm not a fan of Bontrager wheels, there's really not much "wrong" with what you've got. If your wheels stay true, you won't really notice any change with either of the suggested upgrades (both suggestions are good, one is more for general purpose riding - Ultegra/OP handbuilts and the other is more race oriented -Rol Volants) as long as you understand the purpose the wheelbuilders had in mind and it is compatible with your intended use. From what you say, the U/OP set is more compatible with your uses. That's not a sexy wheelset; it's a great performing practical wheelset. I know because I own 4 variations on that theme.

I have to disagree about your idea of the Volants. Straight from the website: // VOLANT IS THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF PERFORMACE, AFFORDABILITY, RELIABILITY.
Strong enough to endure over 10,000 miles per year, the VOLANT is the absolute choice for the everyday warrior. The competitor in you will find outstanding performance and an aerodynamic edge. Gram for gram, the VOLANT offers greater performance than any wheelset in its class.

It seems they are intended for racing, training, hard recreational riding. Anything. I dont race. I just really like these wheels. Solid and light for the price.

But the other guys are right. Get something like a good cycling wardrobe and go on a trip.
 

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What they said...

...it's going to be hard to improve much on what you have without getting to the point where you're going for an entirely new ride. I'd say your hooked, so the next question is...what do you want for your next bike? And you won't have any problems getting advice on that topic...
 

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Treker said:
Hi All,



BTW, I would classify myself as a strong recreational/fitness rider. I also commute to work on this bike at least some of the time. I would say I average about 50 miles per week, with some weeks going as high as 100 miles during the peak of the season.

Thanks for your input.

Jay B.
Thanks for your input.
And Hi back to you Jay B.

I own this model too, bought in late May of 2008 at my LBS. The first thing I changed was the saddle, a Sella Flite Ti off my olde bike. I then decided that I'd ride it 3,000 miles, [which I have] 5 to 6 days a week. Still have the orginal tires with 3k on them. Best mods to date was the better outter wear. Good knicker bibs, short bibs and short sleeve/long sleeve jersey and rain gear made my spring and summer. The bike is very good as is, never even once flatted out or needed to adjust wheel alignment. I'll have 4,000 on it before Octobre finds it's final path.

My next modification is a Scott Carbon CR1... that'll be the change over. I've already bought all the tools and the bike stand from Parks.

I'm all set to stay in the saddle and get in my 7,000 a year if I can ...and maybe cross the USA next summer ...if the rider can do it.

Moral of story? Ride.

 

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I like the trip idea, especially if it's a hilly trip. Also do hill repeats staying seated at all times. Practice your sprints by starting at ~ 5mph and doing all out efforts seated in your lowest gear for 50 yards. Repeat 4-5 times. Then gear up to a medium gear - maybe 70-75". Repeat seated 4-5 times. Then try seated and/or standing sprints in any gear of your choice for 100 yards. Do all sprints in the drops. Do this once per week, and you'll be surprised at the difference in 2-3 weeks.
 

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I had the pleasure of riding across the country and went right through SW Wisconsin (the Dells, near and through Gays Mills/Lacrosse/Pepin) and up through Iowa and Minnesota.

I'd take the Dells anyday. Find a cheap place to stay and enjoy some great cycling; paved roads everywhere for dairy farms and ne'er a car in sight.
 

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logansites said:
I have to disagree about your idea of the Volants. Straight from the website: // VOLANT IS THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF PERFORMACE, AFFORDABILITY, RELIABILITY.
Strong enough to endure over 10,000 miles per year, the VOLANT is the absolute choice for the everyday warrior. The competitor in you will find outstanding performance and an aerodynamic edge. Gram for gram, the VOLANT offers greater performance than any wheelset in its class.
Ugh. Marketing-drone-speak. :(

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Stay with your bike until you can afford to get another. The next level of bike is too expensive to build build your current bike to, even if you shop carefully on ebay. You can buy a bike, especially a bike on sale, much more cheaply. You have way too many things to upgrade.
 
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