I picked up a diamondback response xe 18" frame bike about 2 years ago. I think it's a 09 model. Has disc brakes low end forks shifters derailuers etc. I have put on a lizard skin chain stay protector and some ergo grips. My buddy recently got a old Raleigh fs bike and now I have someone to start riding with. I aired up the tires and got the bike out for the first time in over a year or so and we have ride the local trails two times now. I am about 5'11 and 250. I wanna lose some of this and enjoy riding just off road on the local trails. That consist of rocks and roots and mud etc. I am 29 and will be 30 in feb.
I picked up a Giro helmet yesterday to start getting more into riding the trails now my question is I know my bike is an entry level bike with crap stuff on it. At my new skill level and weight and focus on type of riding should I just keep the db response xe and upgrade it over time or look for something better? Not sure getting a new one is really an option right now as I found out that I will also become a father in Feb. thoughts??
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