September 15, 2020 at 07:24 #505692
Hi everyone! Newbie here… I have tried to do my due diligence and research this for myself but some things still confuse me, so any responses will be greatly appreciated!
I have been wanting to purchase my first hardtail mountain bike recently, and a family member ended up giving me a 2015 8.3 Trek DS for free due to not being able to ride anymore. I absolutely love the look and color of the bike, and was hoping I could just convert this into something more suitable for trail riding.
My question is: can I convert this into more of a mountain bike by upgrading the tires and fork? Are their any other necessary upgrades I would need to make to turn this into a reasonable beginner MB?I don’t know if this matters, but I am a petite female around 5’3”. I am wanting to do mostly single tracks, be able to climb and go downhill, and will deal with some rocky terrain every now and then and the occasional small jump.
FrameAlpha Gold Aluminum, DuoTrap S compatible, rack & fender mounts
ForkSR Suntour NEX, coil spring, preload, hydraulic lockout, 63mm travel
WheelsFormula alloy hubs, Bontrager AT-750 alloy rims
Front hubFormula DC20 alloy
Rear hubFormula DC22 alloy
RimsBontrager AT-750 double-walled alloy
TiresBontrager LT2, 700x38c
ShiftersShimano Acera M360, 8 speed
Front derailleurShimano Altus
Rear derailleurShimano Acera M360
CrankFSA Dyna Drive 48/38/28 w/chainguard
Bottom bracketSealed cartridge
CassetteShimano HG31, 11-32, 8 speed
PedalsWellgo nylon body w/alloy cage
SeatpostBontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2mm, 12mm offset
HandlebarBontrager Low Riser alloy, 25.4mm, 15mm rise
GripsBontrager Satellite, ergonomic
StemBontrager alloy, 25.4mm, 25 degree
Headset1-1/8″ threadless, sealed cartridge bearings
BrakesetTektro Novela mechanical disc, 160mm rotors, Tektro adjustable-reach alloy levers
September 15, 2020 at 12:05 #505993
Nope. Please don’t spend any money “upgrading” that bicycle. Simply not worth it.
Instead, why not just ride the crap out of it. Learn to ride skinnies, learn how to bunny hop, go take unnecessary risks and generally have fun with it until it breaks. Meanwhile, save up for a newer mountain bike. You’ll be a more experienced rider, and know exactly what you want for that next bike.
September 15, 2020 at 12:48 #506010
The most I would do is to put on the widest most aggressive tread tires that will fit. Otherwise, I wouldn’t do anything else. If you can get a 29×1.8(700×45) or wider tire to fit on your bike, that would be ideal.
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