Ok, I need some of you guru's to give me a bit of advice if you don't mind.
I am in need of a new bike, I currently ride a 98' GT LTS..it's officially a "vintage" and has been a ridiculously good bike over the past 7 years, I have owned the bike, riding much better than newer, more expensive rigs, that my friends have owned, but it's 2009' and 11 years is enough wear and tear on the frame, and I'm ready to retire it. My fork is blown, and being a 01' Psylo XC..bike shops chuckle when I mention rebuilding it...and in general aluminum fatigues over time, and while I have no signs of cracks or anything crazy like that..I don't want
to find one either.
heres my issue, I am on a very tight budget, I don't have the disposable income to really invest in my bikes as many of you can and do, but I am far too addicted to riding to ever give it up, and the most I could probably spend on a new bike is $1500 or less..
I'd like something atleast comparable to my GT, maybe even a AM rig, but I'd like atleast 5" travel, and something beefy enough to hold up to being thrashed by my 220lb frame..
I found a Giant NRS-3 on Craigslist.com for $900...My buddy got a 09' Specialized XC for just over $1500 after tax...
what I am really trying to get is the most bike for my money, I typically ride, Boyette, Alafia, Carter, along with flatwoods 2 times a week, so I need something light enough so as not to kill me, although unlike some of you guys, weight isn't nearly as important to me, my GT, weighs in at 30lbs..and still feels and rides "light" from my perspective..but I know with modern bikes, 2 or 3 lbs can be shaved from that and still have the performance of my tired ride...
so the moral is, what would you guys think would give me the most bike for my buck, and keep me on the red and black trails from time to time.
when I get a new ride, I'm going to have to change my screen name. lol
so worth it.