NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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From what you describe, you're doing some aggressive XC riding. Are you doing a lot of jumping, and drops? Are you presently damaging the bike? When you jump, how far and how high?
You could upgrade the frame and swap out all your parts. I'd look into a beefy Hardtail, like an EVIL IMPERIAL, a LeToy, a .243, or a host of others. If you're going big and doing drops, you could upgrade to a full suspension long travel freeride bike. A Specialized Big Hit Comp would be a good bike for this. There are tons of others. If you like Giant, look into their AC line of bikes. I like the AC1 with the coil spring for bigger hits and drops. I also know of a lot of riders that stuck with the AC Lite w/air shocks and have done well with their decisions!
Too many options!
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