Im gonna tell you what bike I bought and I want honesty. I am just starting to get into xc and some uphill/downhill stuff. At the time I thought I got a real nice bike until I went to a mountain bike park and felt like I had a generic compared to the other bikes out there. I bought a Trek 3700 hardtail. Its an Alpha Aluminum frame. V brakes that say TEKTRO on them. Wheels are Matrix. Bontrager stem and neck. Shimano SIS in the front and Shimano Acera in the rear. RST standard non adjustable front shock. Suntour SR cranks. The pedals are plastic platform that are going to go bye bye soon once I decide what I want. I dont know what kind of shifter system it is, but it shifts with a pull of a trigger like thing at the top and is very quick. OK give it to me, did I make a dumb uneducated purchase for around $310.00 ??:madman: If I upgrade, what should I look at upgrading and with what in its place?