and what have you got? i dont do a lot of riding these days, no frigging time since malissa got preggers - put on a bit of baby fat myself too . but i still got a couple of bikes that i promise i will start riding again :grin: bike 1 is an 02 GT avalanche 2.0 that i got on special. its since seen a little bit of upgrading.... to the point where the only thing left is the frame fox vanilla RL 100mm forks shimano deore LX derailleurs & shifters shimano deore hydraulic disc brakes nice comfy BG gel seat (it is a hardtail after all ) oversize bars (wait on! i've managed to keep the handgrips too, best grips i've ever had) PD-M545 pedals and some other stuff i dont remember... feckin great bike the avalanche, even tho its not really one anymore. the best frame i've had, just feels so right. i had an avanti barracuda for a while but ditched it because i didn't like the frame. bike 2 is the mess around / spare bike. its an avanti montari with slight upgrades to the gearing and forks, but really its just made from bits and pieces left over from various projects. its cool tho, its got kawasaki green barends i mostly rode to work and back and a little here and there around home, the RL forks are great for this with the easy lockout on them. only done a little bit of PROPER offroad riding (not just stuffing around in local parks ) but you know how it is, the bike has to be as good as your budget will permit, even if you dont use it to its potential so what/where does everyone else ride??