New to MTB, what bike to get?
Hi, I'm new to anything wider than road tires, and i've been needing a mountain bike for trails and downhill (on those trails so no really aggressive things)
I have two options for second hand bikes:
1. A "du Mont" frame (never heard of it but seems sturdy)
RST Aeraso BAS fork - found some info about it.. looks ok, no play in it, air fork, very light (1.6kg), has disc mounts.
Full shimano XT line on 8speed with rim brakes parallelogram style, XT seatpost, XT RD FD shifters and brakes, XT cassette, XT cranks, XT hubs, all from 8speed XT era
ITM stem and handlebars
I think I saw square taper cranks and not sure if cassette is unglide or hyperglide (lockring or no lockring)
Wheels are some mavic not knowing model of it.
Peddals are junk (probably got swapped from spd's to cheapest platforms)
i feel it's on the light side.. estimate at hand under 13kg
Looks like a close to top tier bike from the early 2000 (or what year would that be? based on the fork and 8speed xt line?), but the chain is stretched, the tires are narrow 1.5-1.75 (and would like to replace them to go 2.35+), cassette is toast, and chainrings are a mildly worn but still in decent shape.
Downsides: it is an oldie (i like old stuff, like dura-ace from 1980's and other 70's stuff), no disc brakes (and the hubs do not have disc mounts, but the frame and fork has), 8speed (not really a big downside as if it's 8speed hyperglide there are tons of cheap cassettes like SRAM PG-850, and the chains are cheaper than 9speed)
2. Trek 4400 frame
Manitou Black Super 2006 90-120 rtwd coil lockout fork
Truvativ Stylo black 22-42 with extern BB GXP
DT Swiss X430 (Specialized) wheels
Deore M486 hydraulic disc brakes with SLX RT61 160 discs
RD Deore RD-M592 shadow 9speed
FD Deore FD-M530
SRAM PG950 11-34 cassette
SRAM PC951 chain
Specialized XC 620mm handlebars
Specialized 90mm stem
RCZ Race CR-MO saddle
Specialized VP peddals
new tires Kenda Small Block Eight 2.35.
Weight 12,5 kg.
In very good condition
So by the time I replace the tires cassette and chain (and probably some chainrings) for 1st bike it will be the same price with the second one that is somewhat more on the modern system (which i believe it's a good thing)
So what will it be? does older XT line and air fork worth not having disc brakes. or go with the newer one that has a frame brand that I've heard about and decent newer components?