Mountain Biking - Is this bike worth it?
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08-13-09, 01:32 PM
Well I have been shopping around for a bike for some time now. My limit is around 300 bucks which is keeping me quite limited on what I can get. I initially wanted to go new, but all new bikes run about 350 other than the entry level Trek and I want to stay away from that.
After looking and looking and looking I found a GT XCR4000 21 speed mountain bike. The bike ad states the bike has I-Drive? I'm not sure what that is, but he person selling the bike is selling it with a head lamp and everything for 300 bucks. Is this a good deal? I know GT was good back in the day but I know their quality has gone downhill.
Here is a link to the ad:
I am supposed to meet up with the seller today around 5:00 pm central time so a hasty reply would be appreciated.
Is this worth it?
Thanks ahead of time,
08-13-09, 01:45 PM
nope...its a 10 year old bike that came with bottom of the line components to begin with. keep looking im sure you will find something better out there.
08-13-09, 01:53 PM
Hm? I google'd the bike and every site I've seen said the bike retails for near 1,000 USD? Is this just a cheap knock-off of the real deal?
(Suggested MSRP 899.00)
(suggested MSRP 1087.00)
What is different between those two bikes and the one I was interested in?
Anyone else have any opinions on this bike! Please help!
08-13-09, 02:11 PM
those are the bike your interested in. but it is the 1999 model as seen here (http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/BikeSpecs.aspx?Year=1999&Brand=GT&Model=XCR-4000&Type=bike).
now lets say your buying a used 10 year old 4x4 truck that has most likely been used and abused its entire life how long to you think the shocks/tires/transmission/engine will last. not to mention that over the last 10 years bike design has improved significantly making that model basically obsolete.
also do you know what size bike you need? a small frame will not fit someone from 5' to 6'. its just not made to do that. well not comfortably anyway.
entry level bikes are a great way to start. they let you get the feel of the bike and let you determine the riding style and what you want out of a bike without spending a whole lot of money.
the best advice i can give you is to go to all of your LBS (local bike shops) and test fit as many bikes as you can, then look through CL for what you want, or buy from the LBS. they usually give you discounts of the items your gonna need for your bike if you buy from them. like a HELMET, seriously you need a GOOD helmet, bike pump, tubes, whatever....they also usually throw in a free year of tune ups...which for someone just starting out not knowing much about bikes is always a good thing. since most times they charge ~$40 a tune up.
thats my $0.02.
08-13-09, 02:26 PM
I used to be a casual rider when I lived in Wisconsin. I rode a Trek 4300 and i loved that bike. I understand the part that it's ten years old, but what makes this bike worse than say a Trek 3700 (which is a bike that is also in my price range but everyone says to stay away from.)
I'm new to this and I'm trying to learn, from what I can tell the only reason you say don't buy is because it's old?
Clue me in!
08-13-09, 02:42 PM
Its been used as a mountain bike for 10 years - do you buy used tires for your car? do you buy used shoes?
Things can and will get used up.
This bike was OK 10 years ago which is like 70 years in dog years.
Bikes have come a LOOONG way in 10 years especially in full suspension design as well as shock technology.
Disc brakes anyone?
save a bit more money and look for last year model blowouts from Giant or Kona or Specialized - all the 2010 will be coming out soon and bike shop will be selling off the 09 to make room.
Most importantly TEST RIDE ! some bike look good on paper but they don't fit YOU and no bike is a good deal if it doesn't fit!
08-13-09, 03:29 PM
So from what you guys are saying I shouldn't consider this bike. Dang, and I though I had found a good one.
This is starting to get frustrating. :cry::cry::cry:
08-13-09, 10:38 PM
Patience. Keep browsing your local craigslist ads. You'll find a good bike in your price range. As soon as you see something that catches your eye post a link here and you'll get some comments.
Good luck and be patient.
If its in good shape, offer no more than $200 for it. Just because its 10 years old does not make it a ***. Outdated compared to today's bikes, Yes. But if you could get for 200 or less, it is far better than any *** you will get from a big box store.
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