I’m looking to get back into mountain biking after a 10 year hiatus…I’ve been looking for a hardtail trail bike (Goblin Evo, Kona Taro, Diamondback Mason, etc). I’ve found a pretty good deal on a new 2014 Scott Scale 950 for $1430. My question is, with its sub 70 head angle and decently short chain stay, could I just replace the 100mm fork and put on a 120-130mm to create more of a trail bike than a XC? I’m also open to other suggestions for a trail hardtail under $1500. Thanks for any advice.
I guess it would help to mention that all these bikes I’ve been looking for are sold out within a 500 mile radius of me.