I'm a road biker who found a kinda beat, but ok mechanically, 1994 Giant Yukon on the side of the road. It basically just needs cables and a tune up. I'm going to use it for a winter beater bike so that I don't subject my road bikes to the snow/salt.
I've been thinking for over a year now that I'd like to get into some mountain biking, but don't want to shell out the minimum $500+ it takes for a decent entry level bike these days not even knowing if I'd ride it that much (if I don't find it as fun or challenging as I'm thinking I will).
Question is, once tuned up, is this bike decent enough to at least give me a good idea of if I'm into trail riding enough to spend the money on a nicer bike? Or should I not even count this bike's trail experience as being very similar to a newer entry level bike? Obviously something newer/nicer is going to be lighter and shift better, but I wouldn't think it could be That different beyond a suspension fork...