Bike advice - upgrade or not

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by peterwright, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. peterwright

    peterwright New Member

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    I could really so with some help..

    I am a roadie but am starting to enjoy some MTB riding and certainly intend do do some races as competitively as I can.

    I have a 1998 Trek 8500 hard tail that has always been a good bike but is a bit long in the tooth. I am considering upgrading to either a dual sus bike like a GT I drive (in my price bracket) or a newer hard tail. Alternatively I could just try and upgrade my current bike - the fork seems like the only area it is significantly behind the times as the frame is light and stiff and the XT/XTR mix is pretty good and solid.

    1. Is a bike like an I drive going to be a good upgrade for me ?

    2. Should I get a new hard tail like a GT Zaskar (I get very good prices on the GT bikes)

    3. Should I invest in a new fork or wheels for the 8500 or just sell it ?

    I live in CT and am not very techinically able but like to climb and need all the help I can get on the tricky stuff.

    Any help or advice really appreciated.

    Peter
     
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  2. triguy98

    triguy98 New Member

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    If you like your current hardtail, theres nothing wrong with new wheels and a fork. It will feel like a whole different bike, and likely ride better than it ever has. If you dont need FS, why bother going with it.

    I for one, won't buy GT anymore. Not only did they sell out, they sold out to PACIFIC. Ugh. I thought the aggrement was that GTs wouldnt be availble at the big box stores. Sports Authority has em down here. Makes me want to cry.
     
  3. HowardSteele

    HowardSteele New Member

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    Howzit,I went through a similar exercise about 2 years ago I had the trek 6000.

    At the end of the day upgrading the existing cycle did not make economic sense, so i perused the new bike option starting with hardtails, being cheaper than the full sus, but then the ridding i do and my riding status/master. Prompted me to look at full suspension, i considered the i-drive, and the giant and settled for the Scott genius’s.I climb the Tokai trail daily and i felt i needed a lockout option and i must say I’m pleased with the result. Scott have a couple of transition problems to sort out, Scott America now Scott Switzerland, otherwise they are not bad.

     
  4. lehowe0

    lehowe0 New Member

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    I'd convert the old bike, unless you just want a new one. nothing wrong with that, unless money is short.

    I've always thought the GT frames looked a bit rigid. Not flexible enough. I could be wrong here.

     
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