This is my first "I need a..." thread, so, yeah. Anyway my ol' 99 Hardrock frame is rusty. Literally. It has the new '09 XT drivetrain, DT wheels, and all, so it definitely out performs many higher end bikes. It needs to look up to that. I'm considering:
a. Get frame powder coated one color. $140.
b. Live with it
c. Get a nice new frame for it
C is what I really want to do. I think that would be fun. Something lighter, as well. Current is Cromoly.
Any suggestions? I want to keep it under 500. Preferably a lot under 500. I use it for cross country use, but I want to be able to throw it around. I don't know what the bike is meant to handle, but I often go down large flights of stairs and off drops around 3 - 4 feet. I need something that will continue to be able to do so.
18 or so inch frame. Prefer it to work with an 80mm fork so I don't have to get a new one.
I'd like a full suspension but obviously I'd have to find something on sale.
This looks okay: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400001_400333, but how much abuse could that take?
Same for this: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400001_400333