I have an entry level Specialized Hard Rock w/o shocks that I primarily ride on the street and do moderate trails when I can. I got it in '96. I love it, but it's kind of falling apart (drivetrain, et al is about shot, I am afraid), so I was thinking of one of these options.
Get new drivetrain, et al components - But would this cost (including labor - I am mechanically disinclined) nearly as much as a new bike (price range 350 or so)??
Or just get a new bike.
BUT, the Specialized has thumb gear shifters on the handle bars, WHICH I LOVE, and it seems all new bikes have the "twist" motorcyle-style gear shifting, which I can't stand. Do they make bikes with thumb shifters anymore? Could I swap them onto a new bike?
Any advice is much appreciated.