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Old 05-25-09, 12:56 PM
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upgrade bike or replace?

I have a 99 specialized hard rock fs. I use to ride it alot, but i haven't in the last 5 or 6 years. My question is the bike has mostly cheap componets a heavy chromoly frame and grip shift that i dont care for. Should I spend the money and upgrade a 10 year old uncomfortable bike or should I lokk into replacing it? I am 6'6" and 300 pounds with a 35 inch inseam so my options on bike is limited due to finding a frame big enough to fit me. The bike I have has a 23 inch frame.

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Old 05-27-09, 12:20 PM
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If you can afford it, upgrade!
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if its uncomfortable..
find one that is comfortable
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Old 05-27-09, 12:35 PM
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I don't think of it as replacement...it's more like adopting another kid into the flammy.

Now you could have two. I know which HR you're talking about...just about any bottom-of-the-barrel MTB this day and age will be more comfortable and keep you inspired to ride when compared to the 99HR.

Get a new bike and convert the HR to a singlespeed beer-getter.








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Old 05-27-09, 03:49 PM
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Go ride some new bikes and that should help you find your answer.

I ride a '97 Specialized Ground Control. Lower midrange when new. Over the years it's gotten a new rear wheel, rear dr, brakes, 24t chainring, fork (in 2001), and rear shock just last year. But, I still like riding it.

Last year I had opportunities to ride through the woods on a Specialized Epic, Specialized Rockhopper disc, and Giant Trance X3. All of those were better bikes than my '97. But not so much better that I wanted to spend the money to buy a new bike. So I'll keep fixing things as they break until something is just not worth fixing.

However, if you don't like your current bike then don't spend the money on it. Get something new that you will enjoy riding.

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Then there's people like me who are born to tinker.

We struggle trying to juggle , , and the ability to .

The Tim Taylor in me wants to biggah/bettah everything!
The places I ride and people I ride with force me to build a bike that's efficient.
The poor broke single-income fool that I am can't afford the crap I want.



Therefore I'm always building, refining, selling, buying...to find that perfect combo.
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I have a 99 hard rock which I have brought back to life. Picked it up on craigslist for $15, and have done so much; new fork, shifters, stem, seat, tires, pedals.. and tonight a new front wheel/disc brake. I didn't know there was a full suspension hard rock, assuming fs means full suspension.
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