Help a reborn mountain biker down the right path.
A few years back bought myself a 2005 Trek 4300 hoping to get into mountain biking. I had always loved bike riding, but never had anything more than a low end MTB or a BMX. Not to say that the 4300 is anything extraordinary, but it was better than anything I had before and I loved it. After getting about two years of use from it, the bike sat in my garage until about 2 weeks ago, when I decided to go for a ride. I guess I forgot how much I love riding, but I am beginning to get serious again and I want to get some opinions regarding what I should do.
I feel like its definitely time to step myself up to the next level of bike, and I want to do so in the most economic way I can. What I am considering now is either buying better components for the Trek, or upgrading to a better bike (most likely used).
I am looking for a versatile set up. Something that I can do a bit of everything with, that is until I decide to get more serious about a certain type of riding. For now, I need something that is decent on the road because realistically that is where the majority of my riding will take place. But I also need something that can handle a beating, as I would consider myself an aggressive rider. I want to have a bike is speedy on the road, and can handle well on the trail while being able to hold up to the occasional jump. Hopefully something like this exists…
Anyway, I know I am giving pretty broad requirements for what I am looking for, but I am hoping someone can lead me in the right direction.
Thanks in advance.