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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Olympia, Washington
Bikes: '75 Bertin, '93 Parkpre Team 925, '04 Kona King Kikapu, '05 Bianchi Vigorelli
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If you really like the bike that you have, I would do the fix/replace/upgrade- then start saving up for a full suspension bike.
I say this because this is pretty much what I did myself. I have a Parkpre team 925 that I really love riding. Of course I have replaced everything on this bike over time as things wore out/got trashed. When it came time to upgrade the 7-speed drivetrain (about 4 years ago!), I jumped right to 9-speed. 8-speed is gonna be a bit difficult to find since the predominant stuff is 9 these days. Do the 9-speed unless you already have the 8 lined up.
On the fork choice, I would do the Tora waaay before any Dart, considerably better fork.
Once you have this hardtail back up and running, it will be time to start thinking about the full suspension bike in your future!
PS- You'll want more opinions than just mine, so stay tuned here.
"I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.
Last edited by kenhill3; 01-25-10 at 08:45 AM.