Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: San Gabriel, CA
Bikes: Nishiki Prestige, Reign, IH Warrior, Rockhopper, Brompton, Q-Bike, Forever, Free-Ride, Dahon, Merckx Premium, Litespeed Teramo, Raleigh MTi 1000, Motobecane Fly Ti, OnOne 456, Kona Unit, Transition TransAM
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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.