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Originally Posted by montlake_mtbkr
What kind of questions are important to ask the seller before committing to buy? Or are there any? I'm just wondering if there are certain things I should look out for when buying used. Thanks
I would avoid any used MTB that has seen a lot offroad use. I'd also ask the seller if the bike has been modified. If it has,ask if the work was performed by a professional mechanic. Bikes are often dumped on eBay when repairs and mods go wrong by people who don't have the mechanical skills or proper tools to match the work.
What is the history of the bike.
Is the bottom bracket and crank tight?
Are the steering components in excellent working order.
Do the front and rear derailleurs work properly and does it shift smoothly.
Has the bike ever been involved in a crash and was there any damage to the frame or forks.
Ask about the condition of the brakes, tires, cables and how it rides.
Ask what repairs it will need and why are they selling it.
If a seller doesn't give you straight answers to your questions,consider moving on. Many shop mechanics sell used bikes on the side that are tuned and ready to ride.