Upgrade existing bike, or get a new one?
Recently I converted my old Redline Monocog that was setup as a commuter to a singlespeed for the mountain. It was my first 29er, first single speed, and first rigid riding experience all in one. And I have to say, I loved it! I have a full suspension bike for when I really want to open up the downhills, but want a second bike setup single speed to hammer away on to develop better skill techniques and to change things up a bit. I have three possible routes to take and am having a hard time figuring out which one to go with.
1) Upgrade Monocog with a fork, new wheels etc.
2) Get a newer better steel singlespeed with better parts already.
3) Get a carbon hardtail like a Trek Superfly, and convert it to single speed.
I think if my riding conditions were not total rock gardens and had more smooth singletrack the rigid would be great. But I want to be able to do longer rides on this bike and not have to stop to give my hands a break. So, I was thinking of putting a fork on it.
But then I thought, well the wheels are heavy and has a very skinny rim, why don't I upgrade those too. And thus the snowball effect started.
This led to thinking about getting a newer better steel single speed to start with.
And that got me thinking, if I'm going to get a new bike, why not try carbon like the Trek Superfly. I have no experience with carbon, so I don't know what it would feel like, but I know it would be lighter.
So if you were in my situation, and you wanted a secondary single speed bike to do some good training rides on and mix things up while keeping it fun, what would you do?