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Old 06-09-05, 08:34 PM   #1
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Raleigh M80

http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?...temid=208&va=0

An LBS near me wants $630.00 for it which seems like an unbelievable deal. I was going to buy it for my Dad's birthday but he wants a Kayak (good choice also) so I am thinking of buying it for myself.

What do you guys think?
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I don't know about "unbelievable deal" but it seems like a good bike. Seems pretty on par price wise with what I would expect though maybe a little cheaper. I think LX and disc brakes for that price are rare, so I might be wary of those brakes. I don't know anything about them. Also, see how much it weighs if you can, because the raleigh mtb's I've picked up feel surprisingly heavy, but these are like the M50's and M40's?
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in myh experiece the ralieghs are well built bike. 630 seems like a pretty average sale price for what you are getting. LX stuff has always treated me well, but I hear those breaks are heavy and clunky, same with the fork. Its not a bad bike, but not a performance moster. I think with some shopping aroiund and hagling, you would be able to find a nicer bike,

Or get the kayak. Im Amazed at the number of used kayaks I see for cheap around hear. 2k boats a year or two old for 600. Bikes are great, but if he'd rather paddle than pedal, go with the kayak
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I ride this bike and its been very good for me. However, I paid about $550 for it.
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http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?...temid=208&va=0

An LBS near me wants $630.00 for it which seems like an unbelievable deal. I was going to buy it for my Dad's birthday but he wants a Kayak (good choice also) so I am thinking of buying it for myself.

What do you guys think?

He's sticking it to you. The MSRP on this bike is $600. Offer him $575 but no more than $600, I'll bet he takes it. They sell for $550 to $600 is most shops. I have one and I like it for XC intermediate trails. Everything works well component wise and the fork is adaquate for my use.
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He's sticking it to you. The MSRP on this bike is $600. Offer him $575 but no more than $600, I'll bet he takes it. They sell for $550 to $600 is most shops. I have one and I like it for XC intermediate trails. Everything works well component wise and the fork is adaquate for my use.
I agree. The going price for one of these is around $550 and they are good bikes for the price. I had an M60 which was very similar to the M80 and had no problems whatsoever with it. After riding it for 2 years I upgraded but there was nothing wrong with it. You can check the reviews at mtbr.com. I believe that the Diamondbacks Topangas are basically the same bike but may have slightly better components. You might want to check those too.
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Thanks for all your input guys.

I saw the LX bits and the disks and figured that 630 was a great price. I guess I was wrong. The bike weighs 31 pounds, (my Mongoose is 28-29) but it really didn't feel like it. When I picked it up I guessed 27.

Now that you mention it jz19, the frame (welds and such) really does look like a Diamondback's.

The verdict:
I'm gonna pass on it and get something in the 1500-1700 dollar range in a year or so. I really like the Kona Dawg but can't swing it at the moment.
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If you are going to wait and will end up spending more. I would suggest that you look at the Marin Eldridge Grade, and Jamis Dakota XC. These two bikes are mid-high end steel hardtails with premium tubing and XT components. They are very nice bikes. I went the custom way and built a Jamis Dragon which is a high end steel hardtail and cannot be happier with her. You might want to explore building if you are mechanically capable as it is a fun hobby.
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Thanks for the tip jz19 but will be looking for a full suspention bike next time around. I haven't rulled out building either. If I can keep my 12 year old and high mileage Swedish car running, I can build a bike.
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Pass. Manitou Six and Hayes MX-2's? Crapola


wow your posts only get worse and worse...
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i ride an 05 m80 ($600). yes, they are very heavy. but after a few rides i got used to it. manitou six, major crapola. if you get this bike save up for a new fork. the breaks have been good to me, stop me quick and ive had no problems. the shimano m475 hubs are not that great either. other than that this bike is solid, im 190lbs. and it holds up great on ruff xc and small drops (<3ft.). ride it around see how it feels.
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