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Old 09-26-06, 08:33 PM   #1
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I think I screwed up by buying a Mountain Bike

A few weeks ago I found what I thought to be a good deal on a Habanero titanium MTB. I don't know a lot about mountain bikes but thought for $700 I was getting a nice bike. The bike has a full Shimano Deore LX group, with LX hubs laced to Mavic rims. The fork was a cheap one, a steel Surley fixed fork. I thought I was going to ride it and after a week or so decided that the bike was a smidge too big and that I should have put the money toward different things (Cross tires, hitch rack, etc.) I turned around and tried selling the bike on ebay, but have not had any takers. The first auction someone actually won for $700, but they lived in South Korea and have refused to pay. I relisted the bike for $625 and figured I would bite the bullet and lose a little money. No one bid. No one. I have just relisted the bike for $550. If it sells for this amount I will take a minimum of a $150 loss. I have tried to get the original bidder to pay, and have since filed an unpaid item claim. Again, as a roadie I thought this would be a good bike. Am I wrong? The pictures are below, tell me what you think. Please! This thing is killing me! I just paid for an upgraded membership so I will also be listing this in thr for sale forum as soon as I get me red star I should have upgraded earlier anyway. Let me know what you think.





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I guess what I am asking is what do you think this bike is worth? Thanks
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Old 09-26-06, 09:31 PM   #3
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Ti frame?

Looks like anodized aluminum to me....
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Ti frame?

Looks like anodized aluminum to me....
It's Ti.

Mark Hickey has always done a great job importing relatively inexpensive Ti frames from China.
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Old 09-26-06, 09:35 PM   #5
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Wouldnt a Ti fram have lots of flex? Sorry for my ignorance here, but I'm not too familiar with Ti as a frame material, but I have used Ti parts before.
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Assuming that is an Aluminum frame I would price that bike around $350-400, if even that. I would seriously try to get my money back if I were you. Just look at other respectable Mountain Bikes in the $700 range and you will see how lacking that bike is. Even if the frame is Titanium there's no way in hell I'd pay $700 for it.
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Old 09-26-06, 10:11 PM   #7
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Considering the bare frame retailed for $599, I think $700 is a fair deal. It's a bit outdated, and without a suspension fork it'll be really hard to sell, but it's a good solid bike.
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Oh, well if that's the case it's not so bad I guess.
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Why not try to return it or exchange it?
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