Hi guys, I have been out of the scene for 6 or 7 years now but am looking at getting back into it. I rode multiple times a week for about 5 years, mostly trail riding and a bit of road. I have a mid 90's GT Tequesta. Bikes still in pretty decent shape, V brakes in good shape. Downfalls are no front suspension, my wrist is still bad after a bad wreck on her one of my last rides. I for sure want something to take some of the abuse off of my wrist. Second is the right 1-7 shifter is now a bit fussy for some reason and works on and off. Also needs new tires and tubes, who knows what condition the bearings and other assorted parts are in.
So this comes to my big decision, Should I upgrade my current ride or would it be wise to just buy new? Since I have been out of the scene for a few years I can already tell there has been big changes in the industry and i feel like I know nothing now. How much do you think I would end up spending to upgrade this? If I bought new I would probably spend no more than $600 so would the quality of bike i could get with that match what my old tequesta could do with a few houndred in upgrades? If going new is the best way to go I would appreciate some ideas on modern bikes considering I dont know the goods and bads anymore. Thanks for any help you can give and I cant wait to get back out on the trails. Also any online stores with great prices on bikes or parts i should check?