Should I renew my old stumpjumper or just buy a new bike? I know there are lots of factors invloved, money, time, personal taste, etc. I guess my real question is, how do I know if my '92 Specialized Stumpjumper M2 hardtail is worth rebuilding, that is, how long will the frame last? I figure for around $1000, I could replace everything that needs replacing and maybe even get a paint job, all for about the same price as the Cannondale F600 or a brand new Stumpy hardtail. I haven't mtb'd seriously for years, but cleaned up the old stumpy this weekend, went out, and had a seriously good time, sure beats the daily commute, and I need the exercise. The frame has serious miles on it, was my commuter through snow and rain through 5 years of college, plus lots of mountain biking for about 5 of the last 13 years off and on. The right chainstay is worn to bare metal from chain slap, lots of nicks and scratches, a few nasty crashes, etc, but no major visable damage.
Needs replacing or rebuilding: Front shock, both rims/wheels, shifters, bottom bracket and cranks, I'd also like to upgrade to 8/9 speed, which means new rear derailluer, all new brake and shift cables, chain, maybe a front disc brake/wheel/lever, new tires, seat and post, headset and stem. Of course, I could just keep riding it as-is until it dies.
Thanks, sorry for the long post. If anyone knows of similar threads, I would appreciate it, I couldn't find any with the search function.