Alright, I've been riding a Trek 800 mountain track for...about 9 years. You would be correct to assume I'm not a hardcore biker. The bike has served my needs just fine. I've been riding a little more lately, over moderate to rough terrain, and I've found my nads are bigger than my bikes ie; it gives out before I do. I've took two pretty good falls in the past week. The second one was off a 8 ft. drop off, in which I managed to bend one of my barends to where its almost touching my handle bar, and I'm pretty sure my derailleur is toast.
The point of my little story is I'm just not sure the 9 year old bike is worth fixing. It currently needs brakes and a derailleur, along with either taking off or replacing the barends. Not to mention the whole bike feels a little "loose" after the last fall, despite tightening of everything with an allen wrench.
I think what would be better for me is to "upgrade" (ha) to a newer, although cheaper bike. My budget is my number one concern...<$200. Most of my riding will be trails, and I am fairly hard on a bike. It doesn't need to withstand huge dropoffs or anything too technical, until I fall off one again.
I found a Mongoose Revolution mtb for $129.99 w/ free shipping and wanted get some feedback about it. Laugh all you want, but I am nearly broke . I'm not expecting very high quality components here, but I would appreciate it if some of you more knowledgeable would care to share some strengths and weaknesses of the bike/value.
I would appreciate any and all input, here's the link if you would take a look.