I know it's a dirtjumping bike, but I can get a hold of one for a really good price. I figure if I put a 3rd ring on the front and get a new post it could be somewhat ok for xc riding. I looked at new low end mountain bikes like the hardrock comp disk and the kona blast and it seems to have a similar frame design (but worse components such as forks, brakes), and the LBS said those bikes would be allright for what I want to do.
All I want it for is to do a little cross-training and to try mtb, maybe one day try a race (for fun). I just can't offord droping to much on a new rig as my roadie self seems to go through a lot of parts.
What do you guys think?
Think of any problems I may have?
Do you think I'll be able to keep up with folks on full xc rigs? (on casual rides)
Or should I just go for the Hardrock comp disk? I find the fork to soft (morzzachi 3?) do you guys think the fork on the stuff will be stiffer?
The Stuff is nowhere near the same as the blast and hardrock, way more slacker angles. I'm using a Cowan as an All Utility bike(All Mountain, Freeriding, Street, Downhill) To climb with it, it requires alot of patience, it's not exactly the easiest bike to climb with.