Hi I'm new to mtb and have myself a trek y22 with carbon fibre wheels, my mates laugh because they say it's to old for anything and most certainly won't be able to go DH or do any kind of jumps!!! Could someone,anyone advise how I could prove them wrong! And not at an over the top cost. Thanks
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Please don't go out and DH on this! The Y22 is a single-crown, 4" travel bike made for trail/XC riding. And better yet, it was made for that type of riding in 1996.
Now, yes, you could take that down a DH trail, but don't expect it to perform like a brand new Demo or Session with 8"+ of travel, dual crown forks, reinforced wheels, and modern geometry.
I would use this bike to learn how to ride and build up your basic skills. That means you can do small (2' or less) drops, small tables, and other technical features. From there you can upgrade to a bike that will fit what you want to do.
Again, I'm not liable for anything you do if you take this bike off a huge drop/jump and it snaps in half.