Hi all I have an older motiv with a 7005 series aluminum frame 19". I heard these were actually pretty descent bikes and I would like to know of what tools I need and what I should upgrade on this bike.
I'm basically a noob born again bike rider and I do wanna hit some jumps otherwise how else can I practice jumps without even trying right? lol. I'm a pretty heavy guy btw @ 270 lbs with coat on and 5' 10 3/4" (probly 6 foot with certain shoes-boots on).
If the 7005 series aluminum frame isn't strong enough for my size to be doing bigger jumps (12-17 ft for now probly) can I at least make some worthy upgrades on it for now so that later on the upgrades can be swapped to a stonger frame?
Oh yeah and I'm especially wondering about brakes. The front brakes seem great but the rear ones prevent me from being able to skid and they just slip along the rim. They work fine but I would prefer enough brake power to lock the rear wheel completely when asked. Oh and I don't want a messy hydraulic system either. If there's disc brakes that don't use hydraulic fluid that would be awesome.
Thanks for the great help
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