Iv been mountain biking for a little over a year now and I think its time I get a new bike. Currently im rockin an 100% original 88 rockhopper in Dinucci green that my dad bought new that year. It has full Simano Deore components with an untold amount number of miles and crashes.The terrain where I usually ride is very rocky with few smooth sections (Michigan's Keewenaw peninsula more specifically copper harbor and other local trails). After a recent shoulder injury (captured on my gopro) I find it much more difficult to absorb the bumps with my arms without agitating my shoulder. I would like a nice full squish but $2500 isnt in my budget.
Iv thought of four different routes I could go with a budget of roughly $500:
1) Upgrading the rigid fork to a good suspension fork. However the head tube has a 1" diameter so a modern fork wont work.
2) Buy a modern frame along with a used RockShox Reba and transferring what ever else I can. However my dad said I can NOT cannibalize the rock hopper for parts. This dramatically increases the cost of the build. I feel like I would end up with a crappy frame with crappy components with a pretty good fork.
3) I buy a complete bike in my price range of around 500 dollars.
4) Stop being a Nancy and ride the bike I have.
My question for you guys is do I buy/build a new bike or do stick with what I got?
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