fill in the blanks. How do you guys feel the percentages should work out? This is assuming the rider has decent bike.. Say (hardrock) The reason I ask is becuase I recently rode with a few "Equipment is everything type of people" And frankly, their riding didn't impress me.
Now for the bonus question
I'm trying to figure out if I should fork out the cash for a "serious" bike. I started biking heavily about 4 months ago when i bought a hardrock sport. I've been riding hard religiously at least 4 times a week since. I am extremely proud of what I have been able to accomplish since that time. I'm in the best shape of my life. I went from not being able to make it up a 1 mile climb without stopping, to conquering a relatively steep 6 mile uphill climb at the same pace with people that have been biking for years. And I still feel like I have a long way to go before I am satisfied with my conditioning.
The only complaint I really have with the bike is the drivetrain, along with the fork, I feel like this is a part of the bike that needs improvement. I hear a lot of talk on this forum about the Hardrock. Some say itís a great frame to build around. Others say itís overrated. Iím considering upgrading the drivetrain and fork and sticking with this bike for a while. Iím also considering just going all out and buying something serious. If I was to switch out these two things, is there anything specific that you guys would recommend?
Also, say I wanted to buy a new one, and I want to spend say $2k. What would you recommend?