Never been that much of a mountain biker, and hardly ride mine at all since moving to Florida. However, going back to West Virginia over the holidays makes me think I'd like to have a new MTB mostly for some winter training, and just the occassional change of pace. I'd also like to have something that I could race at a sport level, on the rare occasion that I might do that just for fun.
However, having just spent $5000 on a new road bike, my budget is extremely limited
My current MTB is a 1986 Schwinn High Sierra, so most anything would be an improvement.
I was at Bikes Direct this weekend and they had Motebecane MTB's with Deore XT componets for under $500. I know the whole story about Motebecane road bikes. Do you guys think this would be a good enough bike for my purposes?