Hi all, I’m a roadie / triathlete and have just upgraded my road bike to a 2019 Tarmac SL6 Pro (which I love). Whilst I spend most of my time on the road, living in Somerset, UK there are a number of local roads (and many bridleways etc) which are not suitable for my Tarmac that I would like to explore on sunny spring / summer days for a bit of variety.
My current MTB is a Trek 4100 (hardtail 26er) that my parents bought for me around 20 years ago, it was about £300 new. Luckily for me I grew early so it still fits but has never been upgraded so needs a little TLC. My question is, given how old and heavy the bike is, rather than spending money on a new groupset (which I think will cost about £300) would I be better putting that money towards a new entry-level MTB? Happy to take recommendations for new bikes as I really know nothing about MTBs.
I had considered getting a CX / Gravel bike but not sure I would be able to get another drop-bar bike past my wife (she doesn’t understand why I need more than one bike as it is). So I think a new MTB (or an upgrade) would be the best option.
Thanks in advance for any / all advice.