Hey thanks for all the interest ppl, haven't been here in a while and the beast is doing great.
I haven't replaced the fork nor do I intend to. For a bike that I have I simply don't think that it is a great value upgrade. There is no point is forking (get it
out big dosh to save weight (in general) when the frame isn't that great to begin with. Even more so considering that I haven't got that much dosh.
All of the replaced components so far have been worn out parts I had to replace, with weight savings being a secondary consideration. Spending so far was with the primary goal of getting my bike mechanically A1.
Since my last post I have replaced my stem (for better rider fit with my flat bar), gotten LX rear derailer (now I know that that should have been THE first upgrade) and got those conti tires and tubes.
I am not so happy with my tire investment. First thing when I weighed them at home they were nowhere near the weight given in this site and while there was definitely weight savings there it was cause tires that were coming off were heavy not cause conti's were so much lighter. To top it off only one time that I was riding on road my chain fell between the cassette and spokes (that was with the old derailler) causing rear wheel to lock up which nicely flat spotted that skinny twister tire so I can't say that I have had much good karma with them from the beginning. They do perform well though but they definitely aren't worth the money so next time I'll stick with the non foldables.
Ever since I got the LX rear I haven't missed a shift which is a legitimate miracle on my bicycle so I am really happy with that. It works absolutely flawless with my alivio shifters too so that is a nice surprise. All up I don't think there is any other area where bike isn't reliable any more so I think it will stay like it is for a while unless something breaks or I find some really great bargain parts. Hopefully it'll be like this till I finish uni in a couple of years and start working and that's when I'll get some good shit.
But regardless of anything though, lets not forget when you go the races that for all of the tricknology on the show its the rider that counts in the end and that is where I am putting the hard yards and where you should too if you race. Any bike is fine as long as you are happy with it and it can stand up to it. I think this has been proven in your racing days as it certainly has in very few of mine. So as long as the beast doesn't break on me I will make sure I get it across the line every time, in better position.
Catch you all later