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First off let me say my bike is Old from I am guessing about 94 I bought it in 96 used at a pawn shop for $225 and thought I got a great deal. It is a Trek 930 singletrack with deore LX components with combo brake RF shifter, RS Judy XC the first one(needs replaced elastomers rotten and I stuck a sping in it to make it usable for onroad) Matrix Mt Areo ceramic coated rims that I dont like (cannot change the tire alone its just too tight). Seat post, seat, stem, tires, and handle bars are all fairly new but nothing high dollar. Prob were $20 each. I have ridden it alot early on and in 99 to early 01 I was stationed (Marines) in Iwakuni Japan. It was my only transportation so it means a little to me just to keep it. By 02 its was totaly unusable. In 04 the new wife and I went shopping for a new bike for the both of us. We got here a nice $350 cruiser and I decided to wait and just spend $120 or so in getting my bike working(after taking the bike to the shop they sugested I keep it witch suprised me). Thats when I got the new items already mentioned along with new brake cables. I guess it to weight about 25 or 26 Lbs I consider it light and very light for something 12 years old. I am considering these

Trek 4300
http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike.php?bikeid=1018600&f=19

Trek 4500
http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike.php?bikeid=1022600&f=19

GF Wahoo
http://www.fisherbikes.com/bikes/bike_detail.asp?series=trail-genesis&bike=Wahoo

GF Marlin
http://www.fisherbikes.com/bikes/bike_detail.asp?series=trail-genesis&bike=Marlin

Or keep what I got and get a new fork. Also what fork? What fork under $75 used Ebay if any just to get the bike in a better condition. Or what fork under $250 if I am to keep it longterm. Sugestions welcome. Also is the bike worth anything? Is a Judy T2 worth messing with I found one for $40, remember my Judy XC just has a spring in it from ace hardware.
 

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just buy something new, then you'll have it for years and years to come. maybe keep your 930 and use it as a beater bike, put a rigid fork on it, a sub-$100 suspension fork is gonna be junk.
 

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The Treks you are looking at are decent entry level mountain bikes. They will fit the bill for trail riding. I have two friends who have them and love them. I tried them myself and thought the handled well.

I just retired my old Trek 930 this spring. I purchased an Ibex Trophy Comp. It is so much better to ride. I agree with everyone, spring for the new bike it makes a big difference, especially climbing and shifting. I keep the old one around for visiting friends who need a bike to ride. It is still trail worthy but nothing like my new ride. The bike dogonfr is recommending is very nice. Definitely worth a look.

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Both Trek 4500 and GF Marlin are essentially the same as Ibex Alpine 450. If you can maintain your bike, you could save some $$ buying online Alpine 450 or get better bike for the same money with Alpine 550. Otherwise, if you have a decent LBS around, you can get something for $500 but try the bike they offer and ask them to put it on the scale. Do not throw away the old bike: simply convert it to singlespeed - it is an excellent way to have fun and gain strength.
 

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Thanks for all the info I ended up getting a Ibex 650. Actualy just got it today. Anyway I sold the Trek 930 for $110 as I could not afford to keep both and it was a little to big for me. I like the 650 so far but have not rode it but up the street and back trying to work in the disk brakes.
 
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