Mountain Bike Upgrades: How To, What First & What Next!

Mountain Bike Upgrades: How To, What First & What Next!

00:00 Intro
1:01 Compatibility
2:28 Diminishing Returns
3:56 What to Upgrade First
5:55 Most Common Upgrades

We all love to upgrade our mountain bike. How can you not love making your bike better with brand new suspension, tires, a dropper post, grips, handlebars, or brakes! With all these MTB upgrades, it can be confusing knowing where to start, what will fit on your mountain bike, and what is actually worth spending your money on. In this video, Jeff covers everything to consider when looking at how to upgrade your mountain bike. This includes compatibility, what to upgrade first, and of course, the best mountain bike upgrades you can buy. Get ready to take notes, this video is packed with tons of important tips for making your bike better. Enjoy!

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  1. Bag of Chips on September 4, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Wanna buy a bike, but between the car parts and the gun parts, I can’t afford another $$$ hobby

    Also, why splurge on a 23lb bike, when my fat ass could just lose 15 lbs and boom bike weight problem solved

  2. Nick Meyring on September 4, 2022 at 1:04 am

    I’ll get a dropper post for my dj lol

  3. Mastering all Trades on September 4, 2022 at 1:06 am

    my step son just got a bike and I haven’t been in the bike game for decades. I figured I’d go to you Tube to find an upgrade guy that could break it down. you’re my guy now I’m going through all your videos. 😂

  4. Learn One, Do One, Teach One on September 4, 2022 at 1:08 am

    I ride what you all apparently throw away. I have a 98 Raleigh M600 that I built with top of the line period parts. It costs next to nothing to ride other people’s castaways. Go ahead and buy the latest, greatest. I’ll take yesterday’s best anyday.

  5. Tristram Savage on September 4, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Bro, if you’re running any Suntour springer fork it’s a no brainer…

  6. Ruaraidh. mtb on September 4, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Brake rotors that dissipate heat better like hope floating rotors are gonna be one of my next purchases

  7. pkrent on September 4, 2022 at 1:10 am

    I changed my handlebar, pedals and tyres… Totally different feeling now absolutely better

  8. Zach Eiriksson on September 4, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Not that I know much about bikes but I feel like my bikes reach is a little long. Would a shorter stem with riser bars help?

  9. carverboy carverboy on September 4, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Wheels/Hubs are the single biggest upgrade you can make.

  10. viperdemonz jenkins on September 4, 2022 at 1:13 am

    been riding the same bike no upgrades at all for years, 500-dollar 2014 giant talon. the only thing that needs a replacement is the chain and tires.

  11. cristi nel on September 4, 2022 at 1:13 am

    safety and comfort: helmet, lights, pedals, saddle, tires, grips, raised pipe. for commuting can make an 1000 euros MTB almost perfect. why mtb and not city-bike? cause the roads arent always good.

  12. Miriana Matei on September 4, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Right now they are trying to cancel 26 inch bikes but for kids its a big problem because if they don’t fit on 27.5 they have to stop riding or ride a small bike

  13. JustMyOpinion on September 4, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Way too many memes. It would be so big of a problem if they were even good ones. Info was good tho

  14. JacquesOfHearts on September 4, 2022 at 1:16 am

    SUch great insights. I’m really struggling with deciding if i should upgrade my 12yo Norco hardtail or buy new. So many standards have changed.

  15. Die with Fear on September 4, 2022 at 1:16 am

    #1 upgrade:
    Your knees

  16. Joe Blaney on September 4, 2022 at 1:17 am

    I plow exactly what I want I just need advice on how to source

  17. Kayden Wade on September 4, 2022 at 1:20 am

    My bike that costs $4999

  18. Jeffrey English on September 4, 2022 at 1:20 am

    I have a Schwann traxion full suspension what is the best after market fork.

  19. CPL_LEGEND on September 4, 2022 at 1:21 am

    I have project bike 19 speed I have 3 project with my friend I need your help

  20. alex rumpret on September 4, 2022 at 1:22 am

    or the giant trsnce 3 2016 can have a submersible seat that has a connection inside the frame

  21. jet T on September 4, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Got some Recon RL boost (no issues with the fork just thinking of something lighter) with some Entity XL2 wheels (feel pretty heavy). I want to shed weight and upgrade my bike, but I am torn between Revelation fork (would drop a lb or so) or a new wheelset (Hunt alloy wheelset looks much lighter than what I have currently). Price on either item is about the same, what should I aim for first?

  22. Tommy Bicikli on September 4, 2022 at 1:27 am

    I have dh brakes on my xc bike :)))

  23. Technodrone313 on September 4, 2022 at 1:27 am

    wtb saddles have always been the best. at least for me.

  24. Worldwide Cyclery on September 4, 2022 at 1:28 am

    What will be your next MTB related upgrade?

  25. Nate Willinger on September 4, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Thanks for all the info. I’m looking to stick some money into my Diamondback Recoil 27.5. I really like the bike but after putting some miles on it, I’m looking to upgrade some parts to shave some weight off. Never even knew you could do anything about the engagement, I really want to change that up. I currently have a 3×8 system and like having all those gears but I mainly keep my front in the second position. Would changing to a 1×12 make much of a difference?

  26. Desperado Deluxe on September 4, 2022 at 1:30 am

    I got an old clunker for a touring bike. It’s got front suspension hardtail. I’m carrying all the weight on the front. So I was looking into upgrading the forks possibly to disc brakes. But I’m just playing around with it trying to keep it simple.

    Thanks for the vid it filled me in some.

  27. Jason Brozic on September 4, 2022 at 1:30 am

    I have a 2015 Trek 8.5 DS….

    Sounds silly to most I’m sure but this year she’s gonna get a 1×12 XT drivetrain, 4 piston XT brakes, XT wheel set wrapped with Surly Extraterrestrials, and a 100mm RockShox Pike….

    I myself will admit that it’s kinda crazy to dump that much into an XL hybrid 29er that’s 7 years old – but it’s gonna be such a huge upgrade to the bike as a whole – it will run like a completely different machine while still feeling like it’s original self….

    That bike is a multitool for me though – I do bike packing and bike camping with it, I take my boy for rides in the Burley D’Lite X all the time, I ride it on the roads all the time, and I do a lot of bike path and trail riding with it – some of the trail riding I do is pretty gnarly, especially for the 63mm Suntour NRX fork that’s on the front, lol – but it’s all held up pretty good for 7 years, I’ve taken that bike just about anywhere I can think of in rain, sleet, snow, or shine – I’ve put a a few thousand miles on it and it’s still running strong….

    This stuff getting done to it soon won’t just be an upgrade – it’s gonna be a transformation!

  28. Michal Gondolewski on September 4, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Great video! Since I started my MTB adventure, I have purchased different bikes, and at the moment have 3. But my first MTB, a 2005 Mongoose Amasa Hardtail, is still there as it’s so good. I upgraded almost everything on it since new, but any changes were made when things needed changing. The older geometry doesn’t bother me, as the bike is so much fun. First thing was the fork, as the original was rubbish, so I replaced the Manitou Axel with a RS Recon coil. I still have it now and it’s great. I’ve also gone from 3×9 Deore to 1×11 SLX and I’ve gone tubeless on non-tubeless Mavic wheels. Changed the tyres a few times until I now found what I was looking for, and I love riding every time I go out. I probably could have bought a nice new bike with the money I spent upgrading my Mongoose, but the money was spend throughout the 17 years of ownership, rather than a one off purchase. Can’t see myself ever selling it now. Happy riding everyone!

  29. Ignacio Sosa on September 4, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Well not in order, but i change pedals, grips and hubs. I think it’s a nice upgrade for now… let see

  30. honeydewbunson on September 4, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Never trust a man who drinks makers mark

  31. not sure on September 4, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Yeah no we not keeping it at 666

  32. gamers delight on September 4, 2022 at 1:36 am

    €1000 what I spent €200

  33. Nathan Boulton on September 4, 2022 at 1:36 am

    "Has an insane amount of hub engagement"
    *shows front hub*

  34. Andrew Hoyt on September 4, 2022 at 1:38 am

    I know if video is a year old, but I always change out my points of contact to what I know works for me. Grips, pedals, and saddle. Then I ride and figure out the rest.

  35. koukimonzta on September 4, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Hub upgrade is a must

  36. Rickey of the Rhodes on September 4, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Why the hell are front derailleurs obsolete? I took a short ten year break from riding and now I get 12 useable gears when I had 12 before but I have to go threw them one at a time? No thinks, if I ever get a 12 speed I’m installing a derailleur on the front qnd make it a "36 speed" as they use to say.

  37. joshtp1234 on September 4, 2022 at 1:42 am

    I just bought a nice plush saddle and now I never even think about my ass on long climbs. Well worth the extra weight. No need for a chamois anymore.

  38. Andy B on September 4, 2022 at 1:42 am

    One of the best upgrades is actually just servicing your bike! Unless broken or worn out a service will make your feel like bike new again, plus help to stop parts wearing out so quickly & less rides ruined due to breakdowns.

  39. George W on September 4, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Does hub engagement apply to road bike too? I have 2 and I like the noise hub 1 bike and would like to apply that to the other. It helps me warn walker that I’m behind them.

  40. CryptoTrendZ101 on September 4, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Got a marlin 7 2018 – First was pedals then front recon shox. now it is riser bars and a fender. Not sure if I can switch the whole drive train on it??? Does anyone know?

  41. Santos Ornelas on September 4, 2022 at 1:45 am

    How do I get a little bike like the one behind you next to the blue hat?

  42. Dj NerfE (CheezyBurg3r) on September 4, 2022 at 1:47 am

    I’ve been watching all your video’s and still having a mind boggling.. I just purchased a 2022 Diamondback Hook Hardtail MTB with 1×8 setup that came with SRAM X4 REAR DERAILLEUR, SHIFTER SRAM X4 8 Speed, COGSET SRAM PG820, 8 Speed, 11-32T, Cranks Alloy Arm w/ 30T Steel "Narrow Wide" Single Ring and KMC Z82, 8 Speed chain. I want to upgrade to the 11 speed setup. Do you have any recommendation? My budget for upgrade is less than $700.00 or less is

  43. Just for fun on September 4, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Every time I ride I find something that needs upgraded. I’m now onto safety gear 😅 fixed all the annoying things and got the suspension set up properly. Need to remove and grease my bottom bracket due to creaking and ticking, too much dirt and dust going in to it.

  44. nxy on September 4, 2022 at 1:49 am

    To the last point of old bikes, i have my specialized sx trail (2010) and i love it, besides 2 issues, which i kinda fixed. Thing is i tried many many bike, none of them felt even remotely like that (im doing gravity/freeride/stunty things with it) like the geometry, its hard to explain but it just feels awsome, even others who tried it said its a complete different thing.

    Im still lucky that the bikes has Standart things everywhere but being 26" (made it 27.5" but thats another story of tight tolerances) and the rear wheel needing to be trued about 5-10mm more in the direction of the cassete (maybe its an old Standart?) to avoid just no allowed turning of the wheel cause its just in the frame.

  45. salty gen x on September 4, 2022 at 1:51 am

    My order was tires, forks and then the drive system. Don’t need a DP because I only do in city riding. I’m just too big for a road bike.

  46. nbzness on September 4, 2022 at 1:52 am

    biggest upgrades. no matter what bike you have or how expensive it is. its not going to come with i9 hydra hubs or hope pro 4 hubs or chris king hubs

  47. Jöe Chadbürn on September 4, 2022 at 1:54 am

    I agree WHOLE HEARTEDLY with the Pedal Situation.. I Bought a Norco Charger and the Pedals it Came with got Binned Literally on Day 1. I Pedalled to Town to My Local Bike Shop Purchased some Bright Green Nukeproof Flats… Had em installed n Threw the Shit ones in the Bin when i got Home. Same with My Grips.. 2 Days Later i bought a Set of Bright Green Easton Grips n they are SAVAGELY Comfortable. Easton are Not overly Great but theyre better than some High end ones I tried out.

  48. irvsstella on September 4, 2022 at 1:56 am

    Before upgrading, make sure you can ride first, nothing worse that seeing a dentist on a 12k bike swerving around a puddle. All the gear, no idea…

  49. ThomasB on September 4, 2022 at 2:00 am

    HAHAHAHAH i caught the "wow"

  50. Simon-Patrick Johnson on September 4, 2022 at 2:00 am

    I’m going to get a dropper post and upgrade my fork but I don’t have a need to go tubeless, the area I live in has never given me trouble for inner tubes

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