How to upgrade my bike

Posted on 24th Jun 2024 | Anastassiya Siner

You may consider which upgrades can give you a better ride in terms of comfort, aero gains, weight saving, or just to have a more aesthetically pleasing look. Either way the price must be justified and the cause worthy, with the cost of high-end bikes and parts you would not expect to have to fork out for anything extra. In any circumstance I’d recommend riding the bike until it’s necessary to replace, unless it is a much needed accessory to make you more comfy like a specific saddle, or aid in your position with some bars that are more suited, anything else can probably wait.

Upgrades are going to depend on what type of bike you have and what your goals and budget are. If you have a TT bike for instance, a disc wheel will make you a few watts faster over longer periods and Ceramic speed OSPW will make for smooth shifting and improved power transfer.

Whereas if you’re an MTB’r then some carbon bars or premium suspension forks will give you a more controlled ride. Meanwhile on the road you may be after some numbers so a power meter would be justified, these can come in terms of cranks or pedals. If a gravel bike is your chosen steed, then a suspension stem or dropper post can certainly make a huge difference when you hit the single-track.

A very common upgrade would be to swap over to electrical group set from mechanical, with less hassle and components that generally just always work, Shimano Di2 or SRAM AXS improve shifting quality and save some weight. Buyer must be aware that the newer electric models will only work with disc brakes as rim brake bikes become less available. A new set of wheels will go a long way, a pricey upgrade that can make all the difference regarding reliability, servicing and performance compared to the original wheels supplied with your bike. If your frame allows it could be a good idea to have a different type of set up for the roads or trails you will be riding with deeper rims or wider tyres and a tubeless set-up.

It’s important to remember that consumables are just what they are. Chains, bar tape, brake pads, tyres and bearings amongst others all need replacing after some use. These are also parts you can upgrade to give much greater performance and longevity. There is much to be gained from premium tyres with more grip and less rolling resistance, brake pads that offer better stopping power or luxury bar tape to have a better feel and more grip. It always comes down to cost and what you’re willing to spend as better parts do come at premium prices but the gains are often worth it.

Speaking to a professional and doing plenty of research will help to avoid any compatibility issues. I would always recommend sticking with recognized brands that offer reliability and warranty. There is usually a more budget friendly option for any given upgrade and costs do not have to go through the roof. For any aero improvement and saving watts while also looking great, check out our new stock of EZ Gains and explore the products that are proven in the wind tunnel.

By Jordan Colledge, Head Mechanic Vélo Presto



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