Mountain Biking - What should I offer for this bike?
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05-27-11, 08:34 AM
CL bike, in excellent condition. He's asking 189, which is a pretty good price, but I think it should be a bit less. I don't know for sure. Looks like a good entry-level bike for me. I've never seriously mountain biked, but am still looking for the right bike to get into it. I was hoping for chromoly, and I'll eventually add some front suspension.
My goal is paved trails, non-technical (within reason) singletrack, grass, slopes, etc. No dropoffs or anything like that. Just trails that make a workout and provide fun and flow.
So, how is this bike, and what should I offer?
05-27-11, 10:52 AM
That bike was probably about $500-600 new. I would offer $100 or less, since it is 11 years old. Also, I wouldn't upgrade this bike with a fork. I would just ride it, get my fitness and technique up. Then just get a new fancy bike!! Upgradeitis is a disease.
Just looked at your link. again. It was $299 MSRP. Man, buy it for $50!!
05-27-11, 03:11 PM
Yeah the bike it too high.
Even though it says Trek
Even if you have a use for it
I would offer $75 and tell him it's a 12 year old bike. Unless it has been upgraded with Deore shifters and derailliers or some sort. It basically looks stock and boring to me.
I would recommend to look around and save your money to get like a Specilized Hardrock Sport, they sell for about $200-250 used two-three years old in good condition. They have a great starter frame and came stock with a good suspension fork.
05-27-11, 06:21 PM
05-27-11, 06:42 PM
That's a max $125 only if it has good tires and doesn't need any maintenance. It's also a ride it as it is bike, not worth upgrading anything just replace wear items as needed. That said, it will be fine for everything you want to use it for.
05-27-11, 07:22 PM
i would not spend more than $50 on it. i pick up an old ccm ice in almost new shape for $10 and i have seen a few others on the market for around $20-$30. i figure since you can buy a brand new cheap non suspension bike for $80 (http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/5/SportsRec/BikesAccessories/BikesMountain/PRD~0711556P/Supercycle%252B1800%252BMen%252527s%252BMountain%252BBike%25252C%252B26-in.jsp?locale=en) why spend twice that on someones used bike that may have been abused. i guess it just depends on where you live on how much a bike cost.
05-27-11, 07:45 PM
I would say keep looking. He obviously thinks it is worth more than it actually is. Dont be tricked simply by the brand. You can get a much better bicycle for the same price, or one that is just as good for $60. Be patient and im sure you can find one that will work best for you at a better price.
05-27-11, 07:58 PM
I guess I liked the frame (chromoly).
He emailed me back and said he wouldn't come down, and I said no thanks.
So, not happenin'.
The bike in the photo looks closer to 20 years old.
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