ok heres my situation, i have a 2002 Kona Hahanna that my dad found in the forest one day, it had been sitting there for a few weeks from the looks of it. Reported it in to the cops, nobody claimed so its my bike. 8 months later i finally go down a good community type path through woods and everything, it paved with stones and now im loving it, did a good 5 hours of riding today and i wanna run some real dirt type trails, like single trails i think they are called. From the looks of it my bike may or may not be up to the challenge as i probly am classified as i beginner.
So im 16 years old, part time job, so i got some money and i wanna know. Should i upgrade parts on this Kona or go shopping for a new bike next year when ill have a decent sum of money saved up. I went shopping today and the shop guy told me id be better off with a new bike, for $900 get a complete alluminum frame better shocks, Judy TT i have Judy S. I thought about that and asked for prices on shocks, Judy TT cost me about $270 CND, Duke about $500. Then id probly wanna upgrade my alivio/acera deralliuers, new bar for comfort reasons (riser). So im saying im spending a good $1000 either way but im thinkin im gettin more from buying compenents rather than buy a new bike.
My logic is for $1000 in canadain funds, i get a bike with either good shocks but not too shabby drivetrain, or good overall but not great, great drivetrain with cheapo fork. So i invest $1000 into my Kona and have a nice custom set up with all around good stuff. Does my logic sound right? Feel free to tear up my ideas, im here to learn.