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Old 09-05-13, 02:14 PM   #1
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What is my bike?

Hey everybody! This is my first post on the forum. I have recently got into biking, it's interesting because it happened out of necessity! The water pump on my jeep blew so I had to start biking to get to classes everyday, and I live about 8 miles from the University. The first day it felt like a chore, and then after that I started to thoroughly enjoy it more and more. Now I prefer it! Anybody else get interested in biking this way?

The real reason I decided to post for the first time is because I CANNOT figure out my bike information. I have spent literally hours online and I have got pretty much nowhere (probably due to my lack of knowledge in the bike world). All that I know is that I bought this bike from a friend about a year ago who told me that he got it from a guy that said it was about a year old. My friend said he bought it from him in 2010. So to save you the mental trauma of figuring that out, the math says (if the guy who sold it to my friend was being truthful) that the bike should be in the area of 2008-2009 or somewhere around there. I have reason to doubt this because I noticed that these bikes had front shocks by then and mine does not, but maybe there's something I don't know.

Please help me figure this out if you can (even clues that might help me narrow down the time in which it could have been made).

I posted a picture for you to reference, and the things I know are:
It is a Specialized Expedition
...that's it.

And thanks so much.
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Old 09-05-13, 02:20 PM   #2
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I forgot to add, the serial number is C10D5608. I don't know if that means anything because I have read that it's not really a serial number, it's more of an ID number. I've seen on many forums folks saying that they have called specialized with their "serial number" and specialized is unable to tell them anything about the bike. From what I've gathered, it seems that it was intended to just be a unique number that the owner can write down in case the bike was stolen so they can ID it if it ever turns up, but the company doesn't retain a record of these numbers for any kind of database.
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Old 09-05-13, 02:51 PM   #3
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Looks to be a similar frame to the 2000 Specialized Expedition:
http://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeS...n#.UijuB7JlR4c

You can check your bike's components against those catalog ones, though those of course could have been changed before you got it.
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Old 09-08-13, 04:51 AM   #4
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The Expedition has undergone some big changes since the first use of the name in the 1980s. It was a touring bike turned hybrid. Now, it is more modern and has taken on a more mountain-bike-like frame geometry. The model you have is more of a comfort bike. Components are not junk, but, they are low-end. The frame on that generation is not bad, but, it is a bit heavier than I would personally like. It is aluminum with steel stays and a steel fork. They add weight, but, they improve rider comfort. That's the trade-off. If you plan to keep the bike, I'd upgrade components. That would lighten the weight a bit and increase the longevity.
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I've seen on many forums folks saying that they have called specialized with their "serial number" and specialized is unable to tell them anything about the bike.
I'm in a similar situation. I am the third owner of my Montague MX. The previous owner thought it was a 2007, so that's what I go with, but its combination of components does not exactly match any year that I have examined, though all its components were stock somewhere between 2005 and 2008. Montague said they only keep serial number records for those bikes registered by the purchaser, and that person never registered the bike.

Try examining the components lists on http://www.bikepedia.com. Good luck!
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