Should I just upgrade this bike for now and then go straight into an expensive bike?
I had planned on picking up a new "entry level" bike for ~$600 before next spring. I figure I might outgrow that fairly quickly, though, and I'd have to buy another more expensive bike the year after that.
Then I got to thinking. Would my 94' Giant Yukon with a decent(granted I assume it would have to be old since everything is threadless now) suspension fork be almost as good as an entry level bike that I could buy? I was thinking I could probably find an older (to fit the threaded set-up) fork and rebuild it for a lot cheaper than getting a new bike. If the Yukon would serve as a decent trail beater to get me some more experience then I think that's the route I want to go and save my money to get a higher end bike sooner than I otherwise would be able to.
If that sounds reasonable to you guys, what are some models of forks I should look for?
I can't afford to just go straight into a $1000 bike this year. It's going to take some saving first.
I wouldn't upgrade it. Ride it as is. Besides, forks that come with $1000 are not as great as one would hope. People pass me all the time on the trails going up and down with what most people consider "lesser" bikes. Giant Yukons are good bikes, so that's almost sure to be better than a new Costco/Walmart bike, which often come with warning stickers advising the rider to not actually take the bike off-road. That Yukon probably have better components than any dept store bike. I always cringe when I see someone bombing down the trail in a department store bike and that chain and rear derailleur are bouncing around all over the place. Just one wrong bounce and that chain will come off, land on the bottom bracket, locking the crankset... just in time for the rider to start mashing on it, resulting an accident. But honestly, I've never see it happen.
Just make sure the bike is in good safe condition. Usually, bikes that old (that have been in storage) will have sticky shifters, quill stem would be loose too, and the V brake pads to be hard.
Be safe, ride within your limits and most importantly, go out there and start riding.
I actually put the bike together from the Yukon that I found by the road on garbage day and a freebie crap bike that I found on CL. I used the better stuff from both bikes, and gave it a full tune-up before taking it out, so I'm not too worried about the condition of it. Thanks for the advice.
I like rigid froks better. Save your money and just buy a nice bike like a new rockhopper or something (just picked that because its all that came to mind in the 1k range) Im selling my tora for a rigid carbon. Alot lighter. Most people frown upon this site but www.bikesdirect.com has great deals. Motobecane is a great value but the build quality isnt the best from what I hear. I have the rigid outcast 29er ss, the fantom ht comp i think and the fantom cx (cyclocross). They are all fine bikes. I really like the new rockhopper comp too. Its a nicer bike but lesser components. I had an 06 rockhopper and loved it to death.
Disclaimer: I'm not trying to start a debate about motobecane and how they suck, are great or how they compare to big name companies. I'm simply stated my opinion which I am entitled to.