(02-22-2014, 01:53 PM)Blackwell1988 Wrote: I was wondering if you could recommend anything you would change on this bike? I was thinking of maybe changing the forks and handle bars? I heard it was worth it converting it to thread less so I'll just leave it as it is and get replacements that fit, and because it's a cheap full suspension the frame weighs a ton.thanks!
It's best to make sure you have a bike you will be happy with before you purchase, as upgrading later is always much more expensive than buying an equivalent bike in the first place. Converting to a rigid threadless system will save a few pounds, which you will not notice unless carrying the bike up a flight of stairs, and a different suspension fork will save very little weight
To convert to threadless you will have to find a rigid fork that provides the same geometry for the frame as the current one, and that alone can be a challenge. You will also need a compatible headset. The fork/headset diameter where it goes through the frame must be compatible. The fork column must be properly cut to size, and afterward will not allow much up and down adjustment (which must be done by removing the stem and then moving spacers). The stem must be compatible with the fork diameter, of the proper length for comfort and the proper clamp size for your handlebars.
Finally the brake calipers will have to be moved over from the old fork and adjusted properly. If you were able to do all the work yourself the cost would be a minimum of $60, possibly more like $80. To have a shop do it would easily exceed $100. The same handlebars should be able to be used, but changing them would add to the price.
You will likely spend much more time doing such an upgrade as you did choosing the bike. I would also note that it appears both brake housings on your bike are too short, and the rear shift housing is possibly too long. You may find you are unhappy with other aspects of the bike as time goes on (no way to tell) which would further add to the expense or negate the benefit of the fork change.
If the bike is very new you might consider returning it if that option is available and purchasing a bike with which you will be happier.