my mountain bike (hardtail, racey geometry) is 8+ years old. the weirdo prototype SID fork is beyond repair. the brakes are contaminated. the original XX1 is slowly dying. i don’t enjoy riding it anymore and i would like a new one. ideally i would have a new bike for next summer.
i am almost certainly a medium.
here are some things i like to do:
- narrow and twisty trails
- rock gardens
- dropping off stuff
- there are a lot of roots here
- sometimes casually racing
- seeing if i can ride up really technical stuff
here are some things i don’t care about or like:
- bike parks
- jumps where you have to go up before you go down
- berms, which i acknowledge exist but don’t really do much for me
beyond that i’m kind of at a loss for where to go. i like the idea of full suspension because comfy, but my uneducated impression is that they are more expensive and more maintenance. i could be wrong. i like the hardtail because it’s simple and easy, but am i missing out on longer mountain bike rides because my taint hurts and i’m shaken to death?
typically i would demo some bikes but i really don’t think anyone has demo bikes, do they?
my friend just bought a Banshee Paradox v3 Paradox V3 — Banshee Bikes
it’s beautiful. it’s light. it’s too big for me (it’s an XL) so i can’t even get a feel for if I would like riding it.
i am not trying to spend fergmoney here but i am prepared to spend multiple like 3+ bongs if necessary.
i obviously need help. please help me if you are willing!