I'm looking to get out of my GT Aggressor and into something better. I mostly ride a road bike, but I like to get out on occasion to do some local trails (I live in North Central Florida) as well as around the southeast with an informal outdoors club. I might also take it to upstate NY this coming summer to ride a trail or two while visiting family, and I know that at least one of the aforementioned trails is fairly easy-going.
To sum up my usage case: I doubt very sincerely that I'll ever be doing anything "technical", but I'd like the capability to handle light/moderate climbs/drops without TOO much trouble (I welcome a workout). Also, I like fun/lively/responsive.
This is what I'm rolling with now:
My main complaints:
- It seems fairly hefty, especially for aluminum.
- The tires are too fat. When I'm riding a light trail or doing a local "urban MTB" ride, I feel like a pig (the weight probably isn't helping).
- The v-brakes provide sufficient stopping power but, as my wheels fall out of true and brakes out of adjustment, a lot of rubbing occurs and it's just flipping annoying.
So, I'm fairly certain that I want a steel hard tail with front suspension, and definitely disc brakes. I'm looking at the Voodoo Wanga since I've heard good things, especially with regard to value (I'd like to get away with this for ~$600; willing to go to ~$800 if necessary), but I really haven't looked at anything else, and I'm a little concerned about the sliding drops, though most reviewers I've seen didn't have problems.
Also, can anyone comment on the virtues of an internal gear hub on a mountain bike?
Any insight/suggestions appreciated.