- Keep old or buy new?
I was in the same position as you about five years ago, updated my old hardtail a bit but when I tried a modern bike it was a real eye opener.
Stiffer, just as light, improved geometry, amazing suspension performance.
If you can afford a new bike, I don’t think you;d regret it.Posted 6 years agos60alexMember
Excuse the long post – but I could do with some advice.
I have a ’98 Kona Mokomoko frame built up with what (at the time) were just the right components for me: Bomber Z1 Bam forks, XTR 8 speed groupset on strong wheels, beefy tyres, stem and bars to fit me etc.
I rode a lot back then, but stopped when I went to university in ’02 and after a long exodus have been back into cycling in recent years.
I am at a crossroads:
My freehub is playing up – Shimano don’t do spares for the M950 XTR hubs any longer.
My shock (Vanilla R) needs a service – £90
My frame needs a bushing kit – neither Kona nor BETD can supply me with one.
My rims are worn – my frame doesn’t have disc mounts, so I guess it’s more rim brake rims.
I love the way my bike rides but I worry about throwing large amounts of money after what is now an old bike.
So, this might sound an odd question – but are bikes better now? What’s better about them?
Thanks in advance for your views,
AlexPosted 6 years agoz1ppyMember
13 year old frame, I think you’ve gotton your moneys worth from that frame (even if it did lay up for a while), hang her on the wall & give her the retirement she deserves.
I don’t believe that suspension has moved on vastly over the last 5 years, most of it seems to be purely for marketing purposes, though small incremental changes, for the better, do still happen.
You can buy a good 2nd hand frame (say upto 3-4 years old) for £200 now, so I’d be looking that way [assuming your on a budget]. It’d be lighter yet still stiffer/stronger than you old bike, have disc mounts, still be servicable, and the suspension action should work a lot more efficiently than your old bike (either due to design or anti-bob shock’s).
Disc wheels can be bought for a song in the QR format as ppl jump ship for the bolt thru kit, same can be said for 9 speed gears, & best of all forks that actually work are now available.
SO I ‘d say buy something, but it doesn’t have to be brand new…Posted 6 years agoThe BishopMember
New bikes are great, as the other say it’s the way forward.
But your old bike isn’t dead yet. I recently got my Saracen ProTrek out from the back of the garage and converted it to single speed for the winter. No gears, no suspension and v brakes. Really hones the skills and reminds you what it was like when you were a kid. There’s also a big retro scene and although nothing fancy that bike gets more attention thatn my Ti frame.
So to answer your question – both. Buy a new one and next winter tidy up the old for “special” rides when you want to get back to basic.Posted 6 years agoPeterPoddyMember
I don’t believe that suspension has moved on vastly over the last 5 years
Mmmmmmmmm…. Errrrrrrrrr……. Phhhhhhhhhhhh…….
All things considered I think it has. The difference in damping alone on the new Rockshox stuff over 2-3 year old forks is eye opening. Some stuff has moved more than others, but there’s a big difference IMO.Posted 6 years agocynic-alMember
Tough to justify spending that amonu in an old frame (that’s IF you can get a bushing kit – you’ll get an 8 or 9s freehub body to fit) which will wear out rims and pads…disc brakes will be a lot better than what you are used to, I’d say forks and frames are better too (though not by as much)Posted 6 years ago
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