The Nice Weather came early this year here. I'm behind by a few weeks and didn't get my 2007 Mongoose (yes! Mongoose) MTB rigged up for the season. I bring it into the shop for full tune/check and tubeless conversion redux, I walk out leaving the bike there BUT ordering a whole new 1x10 drive train AND tires. The shop guy was amazed that Mongoose made high-quality bikes at one time, totally appreciated it.
So excited, tires were 5-6 years old. Tires are also 26" so have to wait a few weeks before those come in for whatever reason, they do a lot more 27.5" and 29". This bike is 14 years old and its STILL so nice and light that I do not want to update to a 29'r just yet, although I may just get a full fattie or 29r soon to have one. Anyway, now it will be nicer, lighter and simpler but have to wait basically 10 more days before all the parts are in and done. So torqued to go full 1x10 from the silly 3x9.
PSA, anyone stuck on a tubed MTB, do go tubeless. The ride change alone was such an improvement. Also never got a flat, its a thing I can't explain but it reduces flats a lot. And that is coming from a rider of the low sharp desert.
Yes, I could do all this myself but I just simply don't have the cycles (No puns) and since I consider an MTB to be one giant piece of safety equipment, don't want to fuck around and find out.
EDIT, a few other upgrades I've done.
New stem, superwide bars. Replaced the old Avid Juicy brakes with XTs. Same front and rear suspensions. Front is a Fox Vanilla , rear I forget. NO pix yet.
Looks like a cool bike! Nothing wrong with a 26er, although you'll be in heaven when you eventually move to a 27,5" or 29" Makes rocks and roots so much smoother. Personally I still prefer 27,5" over 29" though. I've got a M sized Mondraker 27,5" that's got the same wheelbase as my brother's L sized Devinci 29" but it's just so much more easier to throw around. I did just build a 26" dirt jumper too though, which is a super fun bike. Will post pics when I get the final upgrades in place.
I think I posted my NBD in another thread. First 29r.
Anyway, I got this cheap as an upgrade platform. Those upgrades are now in the works.
+dropper, replace pedals with big flatties (that I will destroy anyway), replace drive train with 1x10, tune, set up, tubed to tubeless. Hopefully lose an lb or two in the process but not sure with the dropper add.
Maybe in a year two I'll start upgrading the suspension.
I don't ride like that much anymore but I did a lot of long distance and trail riding on my trusty DK 8-Pack through my teen years. That was a beefy bike and I thrashed it good, broke/replaced almost everything on it, had the thicker axles, heavy chain, giant indestructible kink sprocket etc, and by the end I had even worn out the crank housing on the frame. I really rode that thing into the dirt. I bought a FitBike a few years later and it just wasn't the same, felt like a toy compared to the way the 8-Pack was built.