I am mainly a road guy, but I do like to mountain bike as well. As of today, I now have 2 bikes, but I don't know which one I should make my main ride. I have owned a 2004 Trek 6700 since I bought if from my cousin in 2005. It probably has 40-50 rides on it and is in very good condition. One weird thing about it is it is a woman's version. I put a longer stem on it, and it fits well. It has been a solid bike for the little amount of mountain bike riding I do.
Today, I got a second bike off of craigslist. It is a 2000 Rocky Mountain Instinct. The only reason I got it was it gave me a way to get rid of a Kurt Kinetic trainer that I have had 3 years and used twice. He took the trainer and $100 for the bike. The bike looks solid, but it has been ridden a ton. He is an avid mtn biker.
My question is which bike would be the best to choose as my go to ride. I mainly do XC style riding. No big jumps. I have a 17 mile loop that I do twice that has a little bit of everything. (Oak Mtn in Bham, AL) I would love to hear any comments or suggestions.