I'm pretty exclusively a road cyclist. The only reason I own a mountain bike is that it enabled me to ride through heavy snow when I lived in Colorado. It's a cheap GR "Aggressor 2.0" I bought from a garage sale. This bike has very low end cheap components: Alivio derailleurs, Rock Shocks Jett shocks, etc.
I pulled this bike out last night for a mountain bike trip this morning. Mostly everything works fine, except the cheap shocks are shot; they're completely frozen up.
What should I do, sports fans? Get rid of this bike and get an entirely new bike? Just replace the suspension fork with something slightly better quality? Keep the frame but replace all the components?
The last time I went mountain biking was in 2005. I intend to do a little more here in Santa Cruz County, California, but that will probably only be five or six forays a year.
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You're in a beautiful place to ride in the dirt and your enjoyment will be greatly enhanced by a new bike. Knowing you and your single speed joy, I'd recommend a single speed MTB. I think you would really enjoy it and they are relatively cheap. Might I be so bold as to recommend one of the new Haro Mary single speeds. Part of the family, but still a great new bike.
I agree with Tim. Get a newer, more capable MTB, and either donate the old one or convert it to a single speed 'beater' for grocery store runs and the like. That way, if someone wants to borrow a bike or go for a ride with you, you're set to go.