So, I now know that I not only love messing around on trials bikes, I actually like competing. I do not for one minute think that I lost a lot of points because I was on a '94, I lost points because I have no skills . BUT I have big plans for myself (delusional, huh) including moving up a couple of classes in the next year (I started in novice, am thinking about amateur next time). In the spring I am gonna have a bit o' funding come my way, and I think I'm gonna upgrade my ride. My question is not what bike to buy, (we will have that debate as time gets closer, and after I educate myself by shamelessly asking for rides on different bikes) but simply this how new is new enough? It looks as though 2011 was a big change year for Gasgas and Beta both, is that where to start to get a bike I would not really ever need to trade up? Part of this is because i got to oogle a bunch of new, shiny machines this weekend (that Ossa was sexy), but I can also see that there would be some real feelable advantages even at my level (so much narrower and lighter). I also wonder if all of the newer bikes would have stiffer springs available for their suspension, (I don't want to spring it like a motocrosser, but I weigh 225, so I bottom my 94 just climbing on it). I think my budget will be 5-6 k, not unlimited, but should have a lot of choices. Thanks for your patience with the noob.