I've had this bicycle, it LOOKS like a gary fisher advance 2006 (I bought it around then for about 350 bucks), but it isn't quite it because the frame is different! The top tube is paralell to the ground, and intersects the heat tube fork and the seat tube at 90 degree angles. I remember when I bought it, they told me it was a cheap chinese made bicycle.
Anyways, I've been doing some hiking around MTB trails and I see these guys having a lot of fun and thought maybe I could reuse my bicycle.
However, I never felt really comfortable using for that purpose because it didn't feel like it was built very strongly.
Can I work with this (as you can maybe tell, I tried to clean it quite a bit, especially on the cassetete, it was never that dirty, but I haven't touched the chain or anything for over 7 years...I noticed the cassette seems to 'wobble' which makes me think some things might need to be replaced) or should I look at buying some other old used bike? My plan is ideally to practice a lot of things rebuilding the bike, although this guy may not need much.