I'd like to get back into mountain biking after not touching my current bike for over 7 years. It's a '94 Cannondale M800 with a pepperoni/beast of the east frame. Unfortunately, the components (all Deore LX) are in rough shape after years of hard use followed by neglect. I looked into replacing everything that needs replacing and upgrading to a front shock and that puts me in the ball park of a new cannondale hardtail (I'm not bike savvy, so my lbs would be performing all the work).
So, I have two questions:
1 - Are the current cannondale hardtail frames (Furio-X) better (lighter/stronger) than my frame?
2 - I may make the leap to full suspension - does the rear suspension have specific maintenance requirements or would it be as painless to own as a hardtail? All I know is hardtail, so I wouldn't know what I'd be missing performance-wise if I stick with hardtail (and the wife would be happy with the extra $$$ in my wallet )