I recently purchased a Scott Scale 40 as my first mountain bike and I think it perhaps was not the right type of mountain bike for my needs. As it turns out the environment I find myself riding is categorized by locals as more of a 'all mountain' or 'free ride' environment. I imagine I wouldn't be able to land any large jumps or do any serious down hill descents but what exactly should I be watching out for with this frame?
I want to ride my bike on mountains - not on asphalt - and as there is precious little XC I can find within a reasonable distance from my house am I better off breaking down the bike, selling the frame and replacing it with something heavier duty or just riding it cautiously (boring)? If so, any suggetions?
And before someone mentions it, as much as I'd like a FS I don't think I can afford it and nor do I care to really learn the extra maintenance work. I'm happy with with the number of shocks I've got. Besides the uphill is really important here - hike a bike IS NOT FUN.
It's a small frame and I weight in at around 155-160lbs. It's completely stock except for clipless pedals.
Here's some shots of some of the local ride spots:
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