Mountain Biking - Used Trek 830 for $125, worth it?
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05-31-11, 08:20 PM
I had decided to get a Trek 7.3 FX so I'd only need to have one bike, but have decided I don't want to take a $700 bike with me to college when I am living on campus. So, I'm now looking to get two bikes: a mountain bike for the trails by my house and a road bike for getting around.
Anyway, I've been looking, and found a Trek 830 for sale on my craigslist for $125. It looks to be in really good shape, and would likely only need to be tuned up. If it were you, would you go for it? I'm not going to be doing any "hard core" mountain biking, just dirt and gravel trails where I live.
05-31-11, 08:55 PM
Is this in Atlanta?
05-31-11, 09:18 PM
Nope, opposite side of country. I live in WA :P
05-31-11, 10:03 PM
Yes, get it. Those types of bikes, old steel, rigid, are great values, fun rides, and incredibly versatile. You can, obviously, do mountain biking on them, but also commute or tour, if you put on slick tires. I have something similar (old Specialized Rockhopper, basically the same), and I ride it pretty much everywhere. If it fits you, and isn't in horrendous condition, pick it up and get it checked out and tuned up by you LBS (local bike shop)
05-31-11, 10:12 PM
Thanks! I sent the person an email. It was posted a few days ago, so I hope it's still available.
If it's the one in Olympia, that's a bit stiff on the price; but would be a worthy campus-bike.
I bought my 80's 800 Antelope for $20 from a customer. These things pop up all the time so $125 might be a little steep especially if you need to do work on it. Mine's a tank and has been converted into a touring/commuter with drop bars and bar end shifters.
06-01-11, 12:31 AM
It wasn't in Olympia. I live farther north (Kent area). I had emailed them yesterday asking about the frame size just to see, and they responded this morning. I didn't respond till tonight (after thinking about it, I wasn't sure if the price was a bit steep and wanted to ask for opinions first). I offered $90 to see if they'd be willing to come down on price, but I can't find the ad anymore, so I think they've already sold it.
I agree with D...I'd pay $50 or so for it if it was in good working cond'n. The Cromo frames are good for your intended purpose...but they're not magic like the retro grouches will try to convince you. They won't start sprouting dollar bills, change the build of your quads, nor grow you big man-nads. It's a good beater for gravel though.
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