Hey all, went to my LBS last night and found a bike I think would be good for me. It is a GF Wahoo. Stock with V brakes not disc is going to be $400, which is a little steeper than I wanted but not too bad. On the flip side I have found a GF HKEK (Hoo Koo E Koo) for $250. The HKEK I believe is stock and from the late 90's. Here is what the ad says:
17.5" Mountain Bike. 30" ground to middle of top tube. Shimano STX RC components. Sugino Imperial crank, 400 SRT FFS SRAM grip shifters. Front fork is Rock Shox Indy. Package rack on rear. Used but never abused. Excellent condition
It has the Rox Shox Indy, which seems to be the biggest qualm about the bike from what I read in reviews. Now nothing is certain, I haven't went and rode the HKEK yet, but providing it fits me (size wise they are both 17.5 frames) am I better off going with the used HKEK or buying the Wahoo. I know I have customer service to think about also and the perks of buyin new, but I also think it is easier to come up with $250 now and the occassional $100 to through at it for service or parts vs. dumping $400 in one shot. I know I will probably get a lot of just buy the new one being that I am a rookie, but financial restrictions are kinda preventing it. Also as far as used goes, what do I look for in terms of hidden problems, or signs of good or poor maintenance? Thanks guys, love the forum.