I posted this in the Mtn. forum, but figured it would be well suited for discussion here as well.
There is a 1999 Trek 9800 OCLV for sale locally, complete for $350 and apparently in mint condition. The seller is the original owner and claims to have stored the bike far longer than he has ridden the bike. Since it is a local sale, I would obviously give a thorough inspection before purchasing.
My background is that I'm an experienced rider of 15+ years and rarely dump my bikes (I ride hard, but not careless since a 5-time fractured collar bone). BUT, I am running about 220 lbs. nowadays and am concerned that a CF frame may not support me. Also, I currently ride a 1999 Trek 8000 which I love.
So, assuming the bike is in good condition,
1. should I be concerned with a CF mtn. bike given my weight? and
2. I've been toying with the idea of building a bike anyway. Would buying the bike and transferring parts to a new frame be worth it for $350 assuming that the components are mostly XT and in good condition?
It will probably work for you if you are a sane rider and not jumping off 11 ft cliffs or riding down mountain sides at break neck speed like the guys in the Jackass movies. Just make sure you have the bike checked out by a bike dealer who knows CF bikes for cracks expecially in the BB area.
Trek OCLV is very strong and as long as the bike has not been crashed, it is a great deal. OCLV CF last longer than AL. Your 220# is no big deal for this bike. What size is it, maybe you should pick it up and ship it to me.