Help deciding on a bike
I am not very experienced with biking but I am looking at a few used bikes to do some mountain biking and riding around on the streets. I have narrowed it down to two bikes a Cannondale which seems to be better but is missing a few parts and I am unsure how to replace them and how much it would cost. I am also looking at a specialized that seems to be in good shape. I am wondering what you think of the two bikes and how much it would cost to fix the Cannondale because I do not want to spend more than $200.
Here are the links to the two bikes:
I would also like to hear what you think of this bike but a 15" frame seemed to be too small because I'm 6' 3"
The C'dale has a chain on the bike, but according to him there is no chain, crankset or shifter cables and I'd assume no housing. I would assume the bb is square so you'd need a square tapered crank. Will cost <$100 for sure. However, square taper cranks are somewhat out of style so it might be harder to find. Haven't looked for one in a while, but I used to see them online in a few place for around $50 for decent one.
You're 6'3.... no way you'll fit on a 15" bike. You need at least a 21".
I'm thinking the Cannondale has the potential to be the better bike but you're going to have significantly more than $200.00 in it by the time you have a bike that you can ride.
If your objective is just to ride without spending too much money the Specialized looks like the better deal to me.
Mad bike riding scientist
Assuming a square taper crank, I don't think he'd have to put too much in the bike. AE bike has this crank for about $40. Cables and housing would be another $20 to $25.
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I agree that the Cannondale has more potential. I think the Specialized is older than the 10 years advertized.
I agree the cannondale is the way to go . 40 or so for a crank & 20 for cable & housing and you be good to go.
The Cannondale is definitely a "fixer upper". Along with a crank, chain and cables, it will probably need a new cassette to function properly with a new chain. If you have little bike mechanical experience, I'd pass. However, the real deal-breaker is the 15" frame is WAAAAY too small for you. My 5'1" daughter rides a 15" frame.
The Specialized is in far more ridable condition from the start but an 18" frame is still quite a bit too small for someone your height. I'm 5'9" and ride an 18" MTB frame and it's marginal for me.