I've justt started MTB'ing. I have a '99 Giant Warp (front suspension only). I love this bike and so far its taking the punishment pretty well.
Now for my question, I'm 6'6'' tall and 250lbs, I ride single tracks that go from mild to downright scary, is this bike alright for the novice or is it actually working against me? I've gotten a few books read 'em cover to cover, no real help.
I had to replace the chain after about 2 mo serious riding, kept breaking on hills, especialy the slipery rocky kind. Rode about 5 times on the new chain, no problems yet. Today I broke a shifter, can still make it work. Frame seems to be in great shape. I know, I can break an anvil with a rubber hammer. I expect to punish the bike more than the average sized rider, especially since I'm a novice and not real smooth in some sections.
So will this bike hold up to the punishment, will it let me progress as I should, or do I need to mortgage the house and buy a different one, and if so which one?