Join Date: Jul 2009
Bikes: AllCity Nature Boy, On-one Pompino, Fuji Roubaix road bike, Orbea Alma 29er MTB, Voodoo Hoodoo converted 69er ss mtb, 03 Gary Fisher Wahoo
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Upgrading...Need to get up to speed.
I will be in the market for a new MTB this year. My current ride is a 2004 GF Wahoo that I bought new 6 years or so ago. The bike has treated me very well, but this year I started to get into singletrack and found the Wahoo to be a little lacking. To begin with, it is very heavy and takes a lot of power to get going. Also, I can't quite put my finger on it but it just doesn't "feel right" when taking sharp corners bombing drops and hammering up through mud. The components are also starting to go. It was a nice all-around bike, but I feel like I have outgrown it and that it is time for an upgrade. To be honest, I knew next to nothing about bikes when I first got the GF and don't know much more about MTBs now. Basically, I am looking for a lightweight ride with mid level components that can handle moderatly agressive singletrack. I don't want to spend much more than $1000.00. I don't think I need a full suspension, but I am not sure whether to look at 29ers or not. Defininately want disk brakes.
There are a ton of bikes in this price/performance range, and I was hoping for some recommendations as to the best "bang-for-the buck" at this level to help narrow the field.