Ok, first let me say this, Please don't take this as me being mean or talking down to you in any way. I am a Gary Fisher freak, I own and ride 5 of them now, and have owned different ones over the years. The Tarpon is not a bad bike. But it is "VERY" entry level. Unless you can find a awesome deal on some used or close out parts, and you can or have someone to install them free or very cheap. It is not worth upgrading. For what you want to do,you need a Wheelset with Cassette,shifters, and a rear derailleur,new parts,150-200 min.If you are now that into MTN biking, sell the bike and buy a few steps up. It will work out soooo much better in the long run, and I am positive others on here will agree with me. Or just have fun with it in the meantime, beat the crap out of it, and if by spring/summer your still into it, then look for a new bike. So many people start riding, dump major $$$$ into a starter bike, then after 2 months they never touch it again.
Last edited by jjbod1; 01-19-09 at 11:08 PM.