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    What to do... modify current bike or get new bike?

    I've really been wanting to get into more riding and I've been debating getting a new hybrid bike (Trek DS or Giant Roam). Currently I have a mid 90s Diamondback Traverse MTB that I haven't ridden much in the last few years. It is in beautiful condition but has mountain tires. I figure I can change those out to a more road friendly tire and maybe upgrade to some nicer grips, possibly change out the fork with lockout suspension. I'm sure I'd probably find something else to do once I got into it, but those are the things that I can think of right off hand.

    Most of my riding is on pavement or dirt roads but would like to get into more trail rides. Since I've never really "upgraded" a bike, is this a smart move to do or should I just look to sell it and get a new DS or Roam (or other)??

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    if you want to get into more trail riding, you'd be better off with a mountain bike. maybe keep your mountain bike, and get a more road oriented hybrid for your paved-mostly riding ? I'm not a fan of suspension forks on inexpensive bikes, they just aren't that good. a decent mountain bike fork is like $600-1000 alone. not worth doing that to your old bike (if the Traverse is what I think it is, its a steel frame, non-suspended, low end mountain bike with Altus or Tourney 3x6 drivechain).

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    And that is why I came here to ask. I want to get into biking more and want to learn and figured this might be the place to ask. I was thinking upgrading might not be worth it on the bike but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask. You hit it on the head with the model the bike is (low end, steel frame, etc).
    Any trails I do around here (Michigan) aren't much more than just trails in the woods with a few small hills and roots that I'd be bouncing over. Wish there was more around, but that's just what I am stuck with. Anyway... I'd personally rather have 1 single bike to do all my riding, so I am just trying to figure out my best bet on which route to go.

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    If you have nothing against road drop bars you might look into cross bikes, they make great all rounders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mastermind77 View Post
    Currently I have a mid 90s Diamondback Traverse MTB...
    ...possibly change out the fork with lockout suspension.
    So it's rigid now,right? Putting a suspension fork on a bike that was never designed for it is going to screw up the geometry. There are suspension corrected rigid forks,but I don't know of any suspension forks that are short travel and designed for use on rigid bikes. Also,your bike probably has a 1" threaded headset(check here to see what you have);most suspension forks are for modern 1 1/8" threadless setups,so you might not be able to find a fork,or have to pay alot for a special custom job.

    A hardtail bike will be an asset for riding off road. My $.02,swap the tires on your current bike and use it for on-road,get one of the bikes you're looking at and use it for off-road. The low end forks aren't that bad;you're not riding at the competitive level. Really,as long as it has a lockout and at least a preload adjustment,it's fine for the street,and if you're going off-road you really won't need the lockout.

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    If you go hybrid and want to do limited off road riding on mostly hard pack surfaces, then I'd suggest a hybrid with 700x38 tires.

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