How to tell a bike's year model (more specifically a Elite 9.8)?
If anyone read my topic yesterday about my friend who swears his 6500 is better than his Elite 9.8, I'm taking advantage of this and since he thinks its so crappy, I might as well take it off his hands (I have a hunch he'll happily take 300-500 for it, lol), the thing is, I want to know which year the bike is from, the only thing I remember is that it was blue (can't precise which blue), it had an XC seat and that the fork was labeled Trek Elite 9.8, nothing more, it didn't have a lockout fork either, I just want to know if the bike's components have not been changed or anything, I'll check other components and tell you about it tomorrow or Saturday.
Since which year have Elite 9.8s been manufactured? And is a used 9.8 worth it for 500$? Is it any good for my needs (cruising around city, trailing, jumping, roadtrips, etc)?