Hey guys, so a few years back I was really into mountain biking. Being a student, I was able to go mountain biking literally everyday over the summer. Anywho, two years of serious abuse put some toll on the bike, and it got to the point last summer that I decided to stop biking until I had money to fix it up. Basically over a year of not biking you guys will not believe how unfit I have become! I've gained over 30 lbs and even though im 20 I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack any day.. but honestly the most important thing for me is that I'm not out there cycling.
Anywho, I have a job now and I can pay for the repairs! I'm actually in a tight situation with my truck right now. I'm rebuilding the engine and thats costing me a bit. I bring this up because I want to make sure that you guys understand that I do have tight budget here and it's for a reason. I've cheaped out on a bike before, and trust me I learned my lesson. If you're wondering I originally bought a "mountain bike" for 200 bucks, took it out and came home with bent wheels. lol.. But fortunately the store was kind enough to take it back and sell me my current bike.
So my bike currently is a GT Avalanche 3.0 with disk brakes. I cant remember what year it is.. I think it maybe a 2008. I'm not completely sure.
Anywho the problems are the following:
- chain is bent
- crank gears are bent
- front fork is shot beyond repair! -wont even move
My biggest concern here is fork really, and it's the main reason I came here. The chain that's nothing. Easily replaceable. Crank gears I can figure out, and the local shop can help me out. It's the front fork that they cant help me out. Their inventory is limited, and expensive mainly due to them over pricing. So anywho, what I'd like to know is what's a good fork? I'd like to spend around 200 bucks on a fork. What kind of fork can I expect to get for that kind of budget? I know good forks cost several times what my budget is, but I'm mainly after a reasonable fork rather than something amazing and bullet proof. Basically what I expect is a decent/good fork that'll last me about 2 years with good maintenance.