Mountain Biking - Is this a good bike for the price?
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10-08-10, 12:54 PM
Been looking for a used mountain bike, came across someone offering this for $200. From the pictures it looks to be in good condition. Is this a good bike. Owner says it was bought in 1998, and from what I know isn't that when Schwinn was making quality bikes? Let me know if this would be a good deal for me.
Schwinn S-30 full suspension bicycle. Asking $200.
Aluminum, Large, Shimano STX 7sp
New chain and rear cassette have less then 50 miles on them.
Signs of limited cosmetic wear, but all components work exactly as expected.
RockShox front and rear shock systems.
Purchased from Barr Bicycle in 1998. Always stored inside.
Tires (26") still have life remaining and rims are straight.
This is a very comfortable quality Schwinn bicycle that still has a lot of life left to give.
10-08-10, 01:18 PM
I'd say that's a fair price if it's in as good of condition as the seller claims. It's an old bike with mid range components. Still, I had a few friends who rode STX equipped bikes in the mid 90's and they were reliable and shifted rather well. If your budget is around $200, that would be a great starter bike.
A probably-decent-quality (reputedly American-made) frame of dubious, outdated URT design. I would question whether the old Rock Shox deluxe rear shock is any good any more; but, if everything "works exactly as expected" (to quote the ad), I would expect that to be "creaky and old" but possibly adequate. Still, I would choose it over a hardtail of the same vintage and price.
10-08-10, 02:03 PM
Thanks for your input.
If it means anything, I've only started mountain biking a couple weeks ago and while I'm getting very passionate about it, I don't have any plans to race soon. So really I'm just looking for something for recreational fun or a workout when I need a break from the road bike. Think this would be a good entry level bike then?
I think so but others may differ.
10-08-10, 02:40 PM
I'd hit it. I'm amazed by how much 7-sp stuff was still around in 1998. Yesterday morning I dumpster scored a 1999 Trek with 7-sp and I'm like WTF?
10-09-10, 11:42 AM
Thanks for the opinions guys. Would probably be a nice bike but I decided to take a different route. Was offered a Gary Fisher Leininkugel's Honey Weiss for $20. It's in decent shape and gets the job done. Plus it looks like a bumble bee. And was $20.
Yeah man...I loved those thangs back in the "why bike" day.
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