I've been into mountain biking for about 2 months now. I started out on some crap 24" wheeled bike that my sis had. After a week, I got ahold of a Wally World(Wal Mart) XR200. Mainly just to see if I wanted to get into the sport farther.
I found out quickly that I LOVE mountain biking, and i've yet to even get out onto actual trails, all I do is flatland stuff/natural jumps that I can find at the school across the street.
Even with this low impact, somewhat smooth riding, i've screwed up the XR200 pretty bad. The front forks are borderline useless, I can bottom them out off the SMALLEST stuff. The derailleurs(which are crap to begin with) are coming apart, and are out of tune after every ride. The pedals are complete crap(Metal tooth "band" screws into plastic center piece), and are getting ready to come apart. The latest thing to brake, was the freewheel on the rear hub. Bearings in it siezed.
Just to get it back to being safely ridable, using the cheaper of the higher level parts, its going to cost me about 140 to 150. I was thinking this would be alright, because, the way this bike seems to be build, parts look semi interchangable with high level parts, meaning I could upgrade what breaks, then eventually buy a new frame. BUT i'm not sure if parts are interchangable, I'm not that far into the mechanics of MTBs yet.
The route I would prefer to take, is to spend a little more coin, and buy a new, better MTB. So i've been looking at new bikes. Problem is, my budget is $300...MAYBE. So I've narrowed it down to one bike, which seems alright, but I'd like some input from the people on here, that know MUCH more then I do.
This is the bike i've been scopeing out.
Iron Horse Outlaw Pro Mountain Bike
Any help would be appreciated. Whether it be pros and cons of this bike, or some ideas on a different bike that would better suit my needs, etc. And remember, i'm not doing any real serious riding with this thing, no hardcore trails or jumps quite yet.