Hello from Topeka, KS.
I just got into mountain biking last spring (2006). I had a rigid Schwinn woodlands model that I put spd clips on with Kenda Klaws. This didn't last too long. My biking bud, chelboed, lined me up with a 2001 Trek 8000 that came with a RockShox Judy and Rolf Satellites. I did little things throughout the season - Race Face headset, etc - Then I changed the front fork to a Rock Shock Tora 318, new bars of a Race Face Deus XTC, Race Face Evolve stem, Brooks B17 seat, and a Cane Creek Thudbuster LT. Presently, I've added an Avid BB5 front mechanical brake and am fighting to place an Avid BB5 mech in the rear - more on that later - plus Avid flakjackets. I bought chelboed's Mavik Crossrides and sold the Satellites. I'm not a small guy and the Satellites 'gonged' too much when I went over jumps. Haven't tried the Maviks yet due the brake issue and the weather although last time we rode, it was a balmy 16-18 degrees. In this whole process, I've had a lot of fun, got in better shape - although I have a long way to go - and had a lot of fun. I separated my shoulder in September riding right behind chelboed - someone always gets hurt riding with him. His other moniker is 'the GOP' - the giver of pain. Anyway, thanks. Later.