I recently discovered this forum and have been lurking for a couple weeks. I'm from central CT and have been mountain biking for about 6 or 7 years but I still feel like a beginner. I ride a 2000 Stumpjumper pro and I'm going to ride it into the ground (hopefully not literally ). I'm a hardtail purist but my lower back disagrees with my heart. Oh well, I just dumped a couple hundred bucks into a drivetrain overhaul so I better get my use out of it before I ditch for a fs model. Too bad you guys don't have regional forums here. I always like meeting new people on the trails. Oh well, I'll lurk some more and see what I can learn. Happy trails!