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Reason I say this is that the Apollo is an entry level bike, a nice one though, however throwing large amounts of $s at it doesn't make a lot of sense. The fork is probably the limiting factor, but replacing with something more serious instantly throws the $ equation out the window.
Ride it around, develop your skills and enjoy the bike, and maybe spend a couple of K on a duallie Giant/Scott/Specialized/Trek/Marin/Kona down the track.
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I don’t know what brakes are on your bike, but a possible upgrade might be getting hydraulic brakes if you have cable. But that is only if you can’t see getting a new bike for like a year or two (because you can’t save enough for a new better bike). A set of Shimano XT or SLX brakes could be $200ish and transferred to a new bike later.
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Personally I rekon you could do these few things that would give you maximum bang for buck
- Upgrade brakes to something like shimano M615 for $120 odd - these can be transferred to the new bike if you want. These will make a world of difference you braking handling.
- Upgrade fork too, but don't over capitalise. Something like a 100mm 26er suntour XCR will be a significant improvement and can be had for about $120. Alternatively there are suntour raidons going for about $170 (ligher and air sprung). Prices from cycling deal.
- Tyres. Check what the locals use and grab a set, you can replace when your current set wears.
I know it might sound stupid throwing money at a low priced bike but don't be dissuaded, the performance gain is worth it, the trick is to not spend too much that you are buying a whole new bike - even then a $800 mountain bike will not usually come with the same spec of brakes and fork that I have spec'd.
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