I am about 210lbs(95kgs) doing xc and some MILD dh on trails...not hardcore stuff neither jumps or anything similar. I had a 1993 Scott Competition CST ,Tange MTB db tubing, deore LX/DX components and scott unishock forks. I am planning to get a 2003 Rockhopper A1 Fs , fully butted A1 alluminum frame,X139 mavic rims, Deore equiped,Xt rear mech,EA50 easton bars. I was wondering if the bike i am about to get is a great improvement over the old one and if it can sustain the off road ride i will do. like i said XC. mention...manitou axel elite fork on the rockhopper.
I have heard that alluminum will last if you ride and treat it properly for a lifetime...if you do jumpy stuff it will fail after years...
Also i hear from guys that it will fail...how do they claim that ...allu frames are in the market for 9 yrs...and 2003 frames use much more different alloys than back in 90's.