So a bit of background..
I'm a somewhat casual rider. I do some decent climbs, but really no technical stuff. General single track, no rock gardens or that kind of stuff.
A few years ago I bought a Hi Fi Plus. It's my first "real" bike, before that I had an entry level trek and your run of the mill wal mart bikes.
Overall it's been fine. Not an amazing bike, but not bad either. I like the feel of the bike - it's really the details that piss me off.
Issues I currently have:
- Brakes always squeal. Start, middle, and end of ride. Currently it has Juicy 3's. If I upgrade anything, I want to start here (I've already had the brakes cleaned, sanded, and replaced the pads with organics, and they still suck)
- Rear hub squeaks during a petal stroke. Pretty sure this was the local bike shop's fault (they rebuilt the hub after saying it was loose). But I'll never bring it there again (I've had it in maybe 10 times and never once has it come out with an issue fixed). Debating going with tubeless rims (I run stans notubes in the stock rims now) and just dumping the entire wheel
- Front shift lever sticks. Bike shop tried to fix, still sticks. Debating just dumping the X7's for something better.
The chain also jumps of once every few rides.
I'm just wondering if it's worth upgrading this bike or if I should buy a new one. I really can't afford a new one (looked at a Santa Cruz for about 3 grand today), so if I could make this bike rock with new parts I'd prefer to do that. I bike almost every other day though, so it's a big deal to have a decent bike. I'm fine with honest opinions. I know it's not an amazing bike, but it's what I could afford at the time.
Edit: Also, if upgrading is recommended, what parts would be compatible / worth the upgrade?
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