Hello all, signing up to get general information and to lust over various bikes on here.
I'm from East Lancashire, and being born in 1989, I can't exactly claim to years of looking at MBUK in the '90s and wanting various bikes, I was still in primary school when you lot were all bombing about on Saracens and Oranges and all that lot
Anyway, the reason I'm posting is I've always loved the look of the e-stay bikes made in the '90s and as such am looking to get one to build up while I lose (a lot!) of weight by riding my Dad's old Raleigh Activator (don't feel sorry for me, I need the exercise trying to move the thing!). Having last ridden a MTB when I was about 13, and even then nowhere near 'hard' (mostly seemed to go to Grizedale with the parents for a few easy rides from what I can remember), needless to say I'm rusty and unfit as hell. I suppose being 21 stone doesn't help matters either...
I'm 6ft 2 in height, would this cause any problems with the generally shorter wheelbase of an e-stay style bike? I am pretty much going into this blind, not having any MTB experience for the past 11 years. There's an Alpinestars Cro-Mega LX for sale locally on eBay that hasn't been used in 15 years for £99, would this be worth taking a punt on if it's 1992 and younger? (I know there was problems with the stem on the pre-1992 bikes).
In addition to an (admittedly vauge) interest in '90s MTBs, I can usually be found under the bonnet of a '94 Toyota Starlet GT, which is stupidly good fun to drive. It's hilarious keeping up with modern cars in your 860kg tin can