I am a hardcore roadie, through and through. That being said, I need something to do when I'm off racing season and don't want to ride the trainer. A friend of mine wants my old Giant OCR 3(entry level road bike), that I turned into a flat bar. He says he will give me his 5-6 year old Trek 930 hardtail and some cash, for my old OCR that doesn't get ridden often anymore. He bought the bike brand new and has only bike pathed it. The only off roading it has seen has been riding through grass to get to the car. It is still in good shape, with no scratches or dings. He guesses less than 1000 miles on it total.
I know that this is your entry level MTB and the components are lacking. But, is this a "decent" bike? I realize that stuff will break, and I will semi-upgrade as it does, but for easy, not too technical trail riding, would this fit the bill? I have an extra set of rapid fire shifters that I was going to throw on in place of the grip shifts, but nothing else planned for now. I have tons of money wrapped up into my road stuff, so I don't want to spend anything on a new MTB. I really only think that I would go maybe 6-8 times a year, in the fall and winter. Hell, I'm not even too sure I'll mike the off road stuff. In that case, I'd use it as my winter commuter to and from work(2 miles one way). Or put slicks on it and use a trailer for when I have kids.
Opinions on this bike for the bare minimum in off roading?
Is there anything, besides sizing, to look for in this particular bike?
Thanks in advance.