The big 4-0 is coming soon so I’m thinking about a new MTB but am hitting a few stumbling blocks with the process.
I’ve decided on a frame (Banshee Phantomv3), not sure on fork. I’m trying to decide whether I use the existing drivetrain (2016 11 speed XT & Formula brakes which aren’t great), contact points and new rims on my Hope hubs OR just a new prebuilt (Trek alloy Fuel prob) and try to sell off the whole thing. I can just about afford all new so it’s not the money, just best value as a new full build won’t be XT but will be 12 speed and at least generation newer.
Just need to decide on building myself or prebuilt.
Other problem I’ve got is I just haven’t ridden the mtb much this year, partly cos my gf is very covid axnious so no one to ride with and partly cos I’m just not good and sometimes hard to go out and be shit.
This leads to the final idea: sort out the brakes and 165mm cranks for my existing 140mm Cube (this will be around <£300 all in) and see if I can find some MTB buddies and get my muddy mojo back.
So if it was you, your birthday and your money what would you be doing?