I bought my FS trail bike last year, knowing that I would upgrade it. Had the brakes changed from Levels to 4 pot Guides when I bought it. Had custom wheels built up last month. Next on my list is a brake rotor up size.
Saved my old wheels, already dreaming of buying a frame for them.
I usually buy a low to mid spec complete bike, and will carry over parts from prior builds. I will then sell old parts as I get upgrades. This means I'll end up with exactly the bike I want, and I can always be riding
My first MTB was bought new as a complete bike. My first road bike was bought new as a complete bike. My newest road bike was bought used as a complete bike. There have been about a dozen frames and more parts upgrades that I can remember in between that have been part of the evolution of my stable. I currently have 5 fully-operational bikes.
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