Hey guys I'm between a few options as to what to ride this summer and was hoping you all could give me your 2 cents. Just to get the usual stats out of the way I'm 6ft 225# and my first season mountain biking was this past season. I'm thinking about ditching the bike I rode last season for a new one but my absolute limit is $750.
I'm currently riding a 2001 Giant Rincon that has been slightly upgraded over the course of last season with the following:
Rock Shox Dart 3 front shocks
Avid BB5 Front Disc Brake (frame isn't disc compatible) w/ avid brake levers
Shimano 8-speed shifters and 8-speed cassette
Shimano XT FD
Shimano XT RD
RaceFace evolve xc stem/bars/seatpost/crankset
Lizard skin North shore grips
Mavic front wheel
Maxxis Crossmark tires
I like the bike but have the current problems, the rear wheel has a crack in it that catches the rear v brake every revolution and I REALLLLLY would love rear disc brakes, which means a new frame would be needed.
So here are my options:
1. Buy a new frame, probably a new Giant from Ebay and follow that with a new wheelset and transfer all the parts over to the new frame.
2. Buy a new entry level bike such as a Hardrock or something along the 450-550 price point and exchange all the things I don't like about the bike with the ones I do like from the Rincon.
3. Buy a bike higher in my price point 700-750ish and leave it alone and ride it. A local shop has a 2010 Gary Fisher Marlin in stock and it looks to be the best deal at just over 680.
So any advice? I'm open to just about anything in that price point, 26 or 29 inch tires although I've never been on a 29.
Where should I start?
Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post.