I'm a bit of a newb but I'm getting into off-road riding more and more. My question is, is it every really worthwhile to significantly upgrade your ride?
Here's my scenario: I bought a Rocky Mountain Fusion ($800 Canadian) last year because it has a great frame for the money (Easton Elite Aluminum) and entry-level components, figuring that I could upgrade components as I go. Now I find that it's just not worthwhile to upgrade to better components because if I take the money I was going to use to upgrade, add to that what I can sell my current ride for, I can turn around and buy a new bike which is altogether better.
For example, to either go to disc brakes, or to upgrade from 8-speed AceraX to 9-speed LX/XT will likely cost me about $500. I can probably sell my bike for around $500. For $1000 I could probably buy a bike with the upgrades I want with a better fork and just generally a better bike.
So is it every really worthwhile to upgrade components or are you just wasting money when for the same money out-of-pocket you can just get a better bike?
Sorry for being so long-winded