Mountain Biking - Bought this Rocky Mountain frame at a garage sale for $35. Whats it worth
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03-16-11, 01:45 AM
Hello Again. I bought this frame (also includes rear breaks, and seat stem) from a garage sale with the intension of getting the rest of the parts and putting together a nice bike. Then I realized that I don't really know much about bikes and it might be harder than I think to put together a bike. If I were to just sell the bike frame, how much do you guys think its worth. Also, how much do you think it originally cost.
Is it hard to put together a bike with just a frame? I have an old specialized rock hopper bike with no suspension which I can fuse with this frame, but it might look awkward to have no front suspension on a nice frame with rear suspension.
BTW, the seller said the Thomson Elite seat stem cost him $100 alone.
OK, the seller was rounding up just a bit on the seatpost, but he was pretty much honest about that.
The frame looks a little rugged (as far as the use it's seen), but I'd build it up in a second!
I'd look at various bike parts suppliers online (pricepoint, jensonUSA, etc.); a 100mm fork would work well with that, and not cost a ton. Good wheels can be had for another hundred, brand new. Since it is "a bit older", I wouldn't look at top-of-the-line stuff, but good quality for a lower price is out there.
If you can do it, about $600 or so would get you a nice bike.
VERY nice garage sale find.
03-16-11, 12:16 PM
that frame is worth a lot more than $35. you win.
03-16-11, 01:29 PM
any estimate on price??
Also, for an additional $10 he threw in the following items:
-two wheels (one looks generic and is one looks fancy and is much lighter (he said something about titanium. It says Cane Creek?))
-easton monkey lite xc handlebar (also light, he said its carbon)
-two salsa wheel skewers
-Manitou Shock Pump
are these items any good?
I'm starting to wonder of OP is asking all these questions with a smirk on his face...;).. all these great parts from top manufacturers..hey OP I think you are just rubbing our faces in your killer find!
(**I jest)..j/k...if you got all that for $35, you hit the jackpot. Well..what condition are those pieces in? Anything look banged up or dented? Surface wear, scratches are not such a huge deal, just shows they were used and not used by a poser.
^^ I would look very carefully for any galling on those bars, though, before I would use them.
03-16-11, 03:21 PM
Email me about those bars, if you decide to sell.
03-16-11, 03:57 PM
I smell a Troll, I paid $45. for a Fork pump recently and he got all that for the same. Aged or not, that is a pretty good garage sale find.
03-16-11, 09:05 PM
LOL. Thats why I love going to garage sales. Some of my family says that garage sales are just ways to accumulate junk you dont need, but I tell them I don't buy any junk and tell them about finds like these. IF you look at my previous post, you can find some road bikes I also got at garage sale for cheap. A Giant carbon fiber road bike for $10 and a Bianchi for $50. Unfortunately some punk came all the way to my front door (I live in a very safe neighborhood) and tried cutting my bike lock and when he was unsuccessful, they just took my bianchi seat and the rear wheel/tire off the Giant.
03-17-11, 07:39 PM
That's...ridiculous. Johnny Law paid $200 for that same frame & a box full of components to put back on the bike, & I was incredibly jealous of the deal he found. $45 for all that is amazing. Let me know if you decide to sell the rear shock...that would be a pretty nice upgrade from the one I've got on my frame.
I think It's just too bad that you paid all that money for a frame that doesn't fit you. However, if you'd pay a small finder's fee I think I could find a new home for it. ;)
03-19-11, 01:09 AM
Wow, a 2007 Rocky Mountain Element is still worth at least $350. You scored....
03-19-11, 09:43 AM
Seriously though, I want those bars.
Did the guy seem legit? Could be hot but that may just be my inner city upbringing talking...
03-20-11, 05:57 PM
Yup, the guy was legit. Nice family man. The frame was his wifes. Anyways, I went to a garage sale this weekend and picked up two bikes, a Gary Fisher and a Specialized. I think I will start a new tread asking peoples opinion on which I should keep, etc.
Several people asked for the handle bars. How much is a fair price?
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