I was on the trail the other day doing a pretty hard 9 mile ride on my 2006 Fisher Cake 2 DLX, which is a bike I really like. I took my bike home and when I tried to put the rear wheel back on, I realized that there was something wrong with the spacing and it wouldn't fit. I noticed that there was a big dent on the left chainstay and this had bent the frame. I was angry at myself for not knowing when this happened, etc.
I basically have two options. I work at a Trek/GF shop and I've called our rep and asked him what I can do. They're going to give me $84 to use on whatever I want. The first option is to get a new swingarm. The swingarm I have now is aluminum on the chainstays, with carbon seatstays. All they have are full carbon ones. I kind of don't want this, because I do abuse the bike a little bit with 3 foot drops and whatnot. This would be $210 including the $84 I get from them.
If I were to go with this option, I would be able to spend about $300 on upgrades, such as a King headset, etc.
The second option is to get a new HiFi (base model) and switch the stuff from my Cake (XT with a Fox fork) to the HiFi. For me, this option would be $720 plus tax. I would not have money left over to upgrade.
I like the Cake, but the HiFi is good too, with the G2 geometry. The only thing that makes me want the HiFi is the fact that the swingarm is carbon, which worries me, probably irrationally.
I've sold my Karate Monkey to finance either of these options, so either of these will be my only mountain bike now. This is fine, because the KM was always too hard on my wrists and arms on the trails, which is all I used it for.
What do you guys think? I would love any constructive criticism, but am leaning toward buying the swingarm.
Either of these will be ordered Monday.