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Upgrading Silverback Vida 4

Francois Du Rand

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Hi Guys and Girls,


I have some questions regarding upgrading of components on an MTB.

I bought a silverback vida 4 about 2 years ago and have been riding a bit with it, but I am looking at upgrading some of its components, one of them being the front shock absorber. It has the normal factory SR Suntour air shock, but it is really not effective at its job and I have had them take a look at it but no joy.


However a lot of people said to me it is not worth it to spend R6000 on a R4500 bike...... Should I maybe look at a new bike? I always assumed that you can just always transfer the better components to a new bike should I buy one later on?


It currently also has the 3 x 9 speed SLX groupset on.....

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  • 2 weeks later...

Hi Francois 


I would say the best is to check if the frame has an tapered or straight head-tube. That would be the deciding factor for me. It is rather difficult finding an decent fork with a straight steerer. If the head-tube is tapered, you can just upgrade your fork to a rockshox Recon/Reba and maybe change the groupset to an old Shimano XT 2x10. That should hold you for a couple of years and not break the bank. 


Enjoy the ride 

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However a lot of people said to me it is not worth it to spend R6000 on a R4500 bike...... 


A lot of people are probably right...


Conventional wisdom dictates that it is more expensive to upgrade an entry level bike one part at a time than just buying an upgrade from scratch.


You could probably still get - say R3K for your bike, add your R6k and look around for a decent second hand bike (if budget is an issue).


The frame is your most important building block, if you can find a decent one then the rest you can upgrade over time, unless your aim is to prove a lot of people wrong?

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