I'm thinking about buying a 29er for winter riding; in particular I'm looking at getting a 2009 Gary Fisher Mamba. In light of the fact that in winter the temperature around where I live can dip well below -20C I'm thinking that I'd be better off replacing the front suspension (RockShox Dart 3 29") with a regular steel fork and would also rather switch out the mechanical brakes (Shimano M415) with some hydraulics.
Now. Here's what's giving me some pause:
the LBS has made me the following proposal: they switch the forks, (I think he told me the one he was showing me was a rocky mountain, or something, I don't quite remember. looked like a pretty generic steel fork with disc mounting tabs, in any case) and they replace the M415's with Hayes Sole hydraulics and the Mamba which was $945 before the mods ends up costing me $1000 instead.
so to resume: Mamba($945) -(minus) [ (Dart 3)&(M415) ] +(plus) [ (steel fork)&(Hayes Sole) ] = Mamba($1000) ???
I'm pretty sure the guy's just trying to screw me over. But I'd really like it if some of you who are more familiar with components such as these would give me your opinions.