Should I be upgrading already?
Hey all, funny question I guess but some help would be appreciated. Basically, earlier this year I bought a mountain bike purely to see if I could get back into it after a long break from riding. 8 years, maybe a little more after doing myself some damage. In essence, I'd lost my balls! Anyway, I bought a cheap bike, a Merida Matts 40d, as I didnt want to spend a fortune and then really not get on with it. The bike has been fantastic, used it to commute mostly but just recently got out on the trails and the downhill courses at Cannock. Got to say, I'm censored at trails as I'm unfit and cannot ride uphill but I love the downhill! Now, my bike is brilliant on the trails, it inspires confidence and is an easy ride but on the downhill I feel a little like its all a bit much for it. Question is really, is it too much for the bike or me?! I dont know! The people I go with are all on full sussers and seem to have an easier time, so I'm wondering whether thats the way to go. What would people recommend? Should I stick with my bike until I kill it, or would my riding only be made more enjoyable by getting a better suited machine? I've seen some 2010 Kona stinky's on 0% finance which look very tempting. A hard question to answer I know but I'm sure someone's had a similar dilema. I dont have money to throw about so I'm just making sure I do the right thing. Thanks.