Just hoping to get opinions from some folks here.
I rode for a bit about a decade ago and purchased a 2009 pivot mach 4, which is a 100mm dual suspension xc bike with 26" wheels.
Had a few more children, lost the freedom to ride for a while, then moved close to trails 2 years ago and started riding again. At that point I realized (got made fun of a bit actually) that now mountain bikes have bigger wheels, dropper posts, and don’t have triple chainrings or front mechs!
So I made the (bad) decision to upgrade the bike. I bought new rear mech (xtr 11 speed), xtr 11 speed shifter, cassette, oval 34t front chainring, ditched the front mech, added a dropper post, converted the wheels/tires to tubeless, replaced the rear shock which was trashed, etc.
Now the bike is good, but its heavier and aluminum, old geometry, and has 26" tires.
I am still very fast on it and it handles some pretty rough terrain and downs well enough that I don’t usually care that much that it has some negative features. But recently the rear disc brake stopped working (the reservoir cover is busted so it keeps letting air in) and its challenging to get that part because its so old and it has me thinking about moving on from the bike instead of putting more money into new brakes. I’ve done 3 rides with no rear brake and its super sketchy on technical downs and ruins the fun on twisty trails!!!
TLDR: Pro’s closet doesn’t take bikes with 26" wheels and its difficult to know the market value of my bike. Should I part it out? List it on ebay with low starting price and just see what happens? Fix it and keep riding it until the bike market is more normalish?
Its hard to know the value of the frame (aluminum pivot mach 4 2009 w/fox rlc 100mm fork), the wheels are hope hubs with dt swiss xr4.2 rims.
Appreciate any advice as to whether or not to move on and how best to get this bike sold if that’s the thing to do.