i was a hard core mountain biker in the late 80s to early nineties...had been riding in the dirt since the early 70s
last bike was bought in 89 so i am way out of date...did some riding the past two summers at some ski resorts and rediscovered how much fun it is
i will not be as agressive a rider as i was 10-15 years ago ...i am getting too old for that
my main use will be x-country/single track....little downhill...will ride on roads sometimes to get to the off road
i want a light bike....front suspension a must and am considering full suspension....like disc brakes but not a must.
componants must be decent. i have read you can shift multi-gears with the xtr and that appeals to me but the price does not...any other groups offer that?
i rode some early full suspension bikes and did not like them but heard todays ones are much better. my main desire for a full suspension is comfort..... i dont want to sacrafice too much pedaling efficiency but will give up a little to preserve my back
for my type of riding...is it better to go for a light bike with front suspension only (ie litespeed) or get an efficient full suspension design (ie santacruz)