More infoThanks peoples,
I ride XC trails when I don't feel like driving a half hour to the slopes to ride the trails at Keystone, Winter Park, or possibly Vail. I do not know if all these trails are considered true DH trails, but they are pretty steep, fast, and sketchy. Im not bombing off cliffs or bridges, but do anything that is not manmade off of the lifts. Im still a beginner I guess, since i definately use my brakes way way to much and still have little confidence in my tires. Im a wuss at climbing still, but since this is my first year living back out west (from Chitown) I plan on working on that alot this season. Weight isnt a huge issue for me in components, but my V-brakes are dead. I want to get into downhill, but do not have the money to buy a new bike, or a bike on ebay for that matter. I would like my Stumpy to be able to climb and cruise around, but also help me improve my "downhill" technique. The fork is sufficient, will probably upgrade that next year.
On the brakes issue, it seems that every bike shop gives me different, personal preference advice. All i think i know is that i should definately go with hydraulic above mechanical, and use a 8" as opposed to 6" rotor up front. I look at mtbr but there are soo many components on there that i do not know where to begin. I didnt know they had a forum though, so i guess ill check that out. Anyways, hopefully I can make up my mind soon, so I can start riding again. I would still prefer snow right now though.