sooo here is a question or a few to you bike gurus.... I know that learning on a bike is like learning to offroad in your FJ... Keep it stock, learn its capabilities, then as you learn more and need more, mod or for the MTB part..upgrafe to a diff bike... but why not mod an entry level bike like a Specialized Hardrock?....
I upgraded the tires to some Maxxis Hookworms 2.5 for better street ride, I also upgraded the stem and handlebars to some Raceface.. I needed the slope to add that extra inch so that my shoulders wouldn't hurt from hunching over while I ride... Now my wheel is beginning to wobble and I haven't done any crazy antics to provoke this...soo my questions are...
1 - did me adding heavier and wider tires to the oem wheels cause them to become wobbly..
2.- i don't know how to really ask this but...I have a buddy that has an old DH Fork..its a Boxxer full travel...I know that this fork would really serve no purpose in my daily ride to work....but he says that since he has 2 other forks and this one just laying around that he will sell it to me for $150-200ish.. will this fork fit on my bike? and if it does and I decide to learn the hard way to ride DH...will the frame hold up to to the abuse?... thanks for yalls responses.. -Suecyde
Upgrade an entry level Hardrock and you'll still have an entry level bike, but it'll just have lots of expensive parts hanging from it. You'd be better off saving up your scratch for a complete bike. Look for previous year closeouts or even consider used. You can pick up great used bikes for a good deal on Craigslist.
Another route would be to buy a bare frame. Get something good and add parts and build up as you can. This will also give you the experience needed to fix your own bike. You don't want to rely on taking your bike to a shop to have fixed, for many reasons.
To answer your questions above...the tires most likely didn't have anything to do with your wheels wobbling. They're just cheap wheels. Quality wheels put together by an experienced wheel builder will most likely last for years with no problems. Lower end wheels are a crap shoot. Sometimes they give you no problems, sometimes they just suck. Buy a spoke wrench, go online, and learn how to true a wheel. It's not very hard and you'll be able to give your wheels little tweaks here and there to keep them running true.
An old DH Boxxer for 150-200 bucks? Sounds a little steep to me. Not to mention it's probably not very compatible with your bike...too much travel and it will throw off the overall geometry and make your bike handle poorly. There are very good new
forks available for around 200 bucks that would much better suit a Hardrock...ie...Marzocchi MX Pro...they can be had for around 175...
With all that being said...if you're getting serious about mountain biking, I'd start saving up for a nice full suspension trail bike. I still love riding my old rigid bikes and hardtails, but boy does a full susser make for a good time.