I have visited this forum a couple times, I finally signed up.
It's been cold around here, mid-Missouri so I have more time to be on the computer.
I do some mtn bike and road riding, about 50/50.
I would like to get a 29er this year, I'm thinking hardtail w/gears. I would like a 1x9 but I'm not sure I would save that much weight so maybe just stay with 27 speed. I'm thinking a steel frame, the LBS sells Jamis which has a nice one.
I already have 2 FS mtn bikes so I have to sell one to get the 29er.
I work a lot of hours so ride mostly on the weekend, turned 50 this year ouch !!