They are low end , they will work but not take much abuse. The drive train components will not stay adjusted while riding it off road. Has for upgrading the fork on a bike like that with its age its not really worth it. You will pay more for the fork than you did for the bike.
The bottom line is if you dont plan on doing to much off road , singletack , and jumping the bike will be great. Without some updates to the drive train and fork there isint much in the way of off road that stuff will handle. At best you will have a very nice bike path bike.
You have two options of what you can do if this is what you can afford. You can buy this bike and upgrade it has you go along. Or you can save some money and buy a newer model that is trail worthy out the door but even the newer ones have so so components and you will be wanting to replace them before long. This is like this will all bike companies with bikes in the 4300's price range.
These are what the industry deems has low end bikes you can never expect to go rocking hard trails even with a new one with out some minor upgrades. I have an 09 4300disc and the first upgrades i did was the drive train. With those upgrades it made it into a pretty solid bike. I get my parts at cost so the upgrades were not that bad for me , had i paid full price it would have been around 300 bucks.
Last edited by Duce97; 08-11-09 at 11:41 AM.