Hey guys, my name is Adam, and I'm new. Been road cycling for like 7 months now, and just got bit by the mtb bug as well. I'm on the USF cycling team, I just want something to do on the off practice days. I have a trek 4100 that I picked up, but it's not really cutting it, since the non-adjustable crappy fork bottoms out something fierce, even at the flatwoods ride on tuesday. Looks like some of the bigger air at Alafia would be a no-go on it.
I want a bike that can do it all, I don't mind hard tails, and like upgradability.
So here's my dilemma: Should I upgrade this bike, or go with a new one?
My dad gave me his old (7-8yrs) Fisher Montare, so it is a bit dated, but it's a nice bike, just needs a new fork. I don't have too much money (~400-500) and was looking at a Giant Boulder as my first starter bike. It was either that, or upgrading the fisher (the frame feels better, plus it's got better components, deore lx, stx rc brakes, deore wheelset) but it is a grip-shift. I was thinking of a fork with between 100-130mm travel adjustable to do xc and take bigger stuff when I want to, and maybe upgrading to trigger shifters instead of the grip shift.
Or! I could afford a decent fully frame w/rear shock and start building a sweet bike. Might take two-three months, but would be worth it.
Anyone got any advice on this? or perhaps a bike they would like to sell? I need my fix!