alright... i've basically had it with my current bike. its been with me for 6-7 years, and i think it has taken all the abuse it can handle. there is just too much that needs to be replaced on it to get it perfectly functional. yes... i didnt treat it well throughout college, and it is coming back to get me. (stupid 1" fork travel... anyway i digress)
so... i took about 2-3 hours the other day and made a list of all the bikes that caught my eye on basically every bike webpage i could think of. now i need some input from you... the "wise elders"
but rather that spout off the 20 or so bikes that i looked at, i would like to get some recommendations from you as to what YOU think i should look at a bit harder.
im about 5'-11", about 160-170 (im a guy... i dont weigh myself often ) bike size i can figure out at the LBS when know what bike im looking at.
price range: well i looked at bikes from $400 to $1300 (mmm.... nice Norco HT) but i would like to spend about $800-$900 (give or take). thats out the door ready to ride price, all upgrades included.
FS or HT... doesnt matter, but i know that im gonna get screwed if i buy a FS for the money im spending.
what i ride: i love forest / trails, dirt, dead trees, basically a wide single track. but i do get stuck on the paved paths every now and then... i dont really do downhill or any racing... so this is definately a weekend (and any weekday possible) warrior bike.
oh, and i want disc brakes or, at least for it to be disc brake ready.... no new hubs for me!!!
so let me hear it... if you want more info just ask and i will answer. im open to a lot right now... so if you throw an idea out there and tell me to upgrade parts right away... i wont mind.
feel free to abuse my newbie-ness as well... but i figured "im just gonna jump right into the shark tank"
wow.... long post...sorry