Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - 90's Marin Pine Mountain
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02-06-10, 07:55 PM
I need your help again. I purchased this Marin new in the early 90's at my LBS. Rode it for about a month and lost interest. It has been in storage heated storage under my stairs for over 16 years. I think I purchased it in 1993. I probably will never ride it again since I am into old school bmx again and have numerous bikes to ride. How much do you think this could sell for?
It is in excellent shape. The only thing is the orange paint on the bars are a bit faded. Everything is stock. I found the owners manual and the touchup paint.
Nice high end MTB. Unfortunately, the rigid frame MTBs from that era are underappreciated right now. It take a special buyer to get value out of it. Needs a general cleanup, new tires, and replace the bottle cage bolts, and it should be ready to go. Depending where you live, $175 tops, which is more than I have been able to get for high end Treks. Maybe someone who knows Marins will wade in with better news. Most MTB buyers are looking for newer technology. Vintage buyers are looking for road bikes. MTBs are kind of orphans right now.
With just a little cleanup, it will show well!
02-07-10, 05:37 AM
Thanks for the help! Maybe the pictures don't really show the condition of the bike. I will clean it up better. The tires are almost new on the bike. It probably has less than 30 KM on the bike. I might pack it back up and store it under the stairs for a few more years. I feel bad not riding it.
The tires show their age. Its not about wear. But that checkerboard gum side wall is what happens when they get old.
02-07-10, 06:35 AM
That is a nice bike. I love older steel/ridgid Mt. bikes. They are not in fashion at the moment, but I think within the next few years you will see their values increase. I have two Trek's (950 & 930). Both are lugged and are fabulous bikes. I am curretly setting my 930 up as a street rider. My 950 is still my primary Mt. bike. I just sold my 1991 Diamondback Apex that also had a Deore DX group. That is nice stuff. From what I read it was simply XT, but silver instead of black.
02-07-10, 06:48 AM
CLean it, lube the chain, try for $175 like wrk101 says, but considering settling for $125, which is still good money for a rigid fork MTB. I've got a Nishiki of the same vintage in similiar condition that I'll be glad to get $125 for.
If you think you're going to need a beater, MUP rider in the future and if you've got the space, keep it. It will cost you three times what you'll sell it for to replace it with a new bike. That's a very nice tubeset on that frame.
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