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Old 09-05-03, 09:42 AM   #1
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Your opinion please.....MTB's on ebay....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=27947

Been thinking about getting a MTB and just saw these on ebay. They are not state of the art but that's not what I'm looking for. I'm just wanting a bike to ride some easy rail trails and dirt roads on. What do you MTB experts think about these bikes? Do you think these would be decent bikes for my wife and I?? Anyone know what components would be on this model/year?? These are real close to me so I could go pick them up, that's one good thing. So please tell me what ya think!!

The small bike may be too big for my wife(5' 3")......anyone be interested in the smaller bike if I did end up getting these for a good price???

THANKS for any input!!!
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Old 09-05-03, 09:50 AM   #2
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if you can get both bikes and the hitch rack for around $400.00 and there's no real damage to either frame it seems like a killer deal! I'm too afraid of scams and lies though to trust buying something off ebay unless I see it for myself (in person).
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Old 09-05-03, 09:57 AM   #3
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I've bought plenty of stuff off ebay with no problems. Actually no problems that weren't finally resolved.

That's a pretty good deal for two bikes and a carrier. The Trek's are both good bikes and will suit your needs well.

My concern is fit. Fit varies from manuf. to manuf. and also from person to person. My guess is that one of these bikes didn't fit either the hubby or wifey and one didn't enjoy ridding, so both bikes sat in the garage for a couple of years.

You should really test ride different brand bikes and see what's most comfortable for you AND for you wife. If you both feel good with the same brand, I'd be impressed (or should I say astonished).

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Old 09-05-03, 11:24 AM   #4
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I have been fitted to a 19" 2003 model 4500 in my LBS recently. I think the 18" would be fine. I'm only about 5' 9 1/2" tall but have a pretty long inseam(34). I wouldn't really have to worry about getting ripped on this deal because I wouldn't pay for the bikes until I drove down to pick them up. It's only about 100 miles from where I live so no big thing. I imagine the bidding will go over what I'd want to spend but it seems to be worth keeping an eye on. The emails I got from this guy were very friendly. I think it was prolly one of those impulse buys and they just never really got into the bikes after they bought them. They sure look ok in the pics.
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What about your wife, has she been fitted?

When my wife was interested in getting a bike, I told her we had to go test ride some different bikes. She just wanted to get any old one! Once we rode several different ones, she realized the importance of doing this. Each manufacturer builds their bikes to what "they" consider are correct porportions for each frame size. This may or may not match your wife's proportions. My wife ended up with a bike about 180 degrees to the bike we first looked for.

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What about your wife, has she been fitted?

When my wife was interested in getting a bike, I told her we had to go test ride some different bikes. She just wanted to get any old one! Once we rode several different ones, she realized the importance of doing this. Each manufacturer builds their bikes to what "they" consider are correct porportions for each frame size. This may or may not match your wife's proportions. My wife ended up with a bike about 180 degrees to the bike we first looked for.

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My wife went through a similar process. Originally she wanted to pick a bike based on color. After trying a few different bikes, she realized that wasn't such a flash idea...

I would think that the 16" frame will be very much borderline for your wife, and probably a little bit big for her to get comfortable. Have her try a new 4500 in a bike shop and find out the right size.

The 4500 would be a great bike for recreational riding. The components are nowhere near the best, but they'll be sufficient so long as you don't try to push them too much (and so long as you aren't too heavy!!! ) Personally I wouldn't pay too much over $400 for the combo.
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Yeah you all are right. If she is interested in it we'll run by a bike shop and see how a 16" fits her before I decide to bid. She's already got a new '03 7500FX(hybrid), so she may not even be interested in getting another bike. I think her 7500FX is a 15.5" frame but I have no idea if the two are anywhere close to the same. Just brainstorming at this point...havn't even asked her about it.

Looks like other similar 4500's are going for around to $250 on ebay right now. And the rack(new) is about $250 to $300. So even at $200 each for the bikes and $100 for the rack it's still a pretty good deal at $500.... IMO. I could always sell the smaller one at my LBS and still come out ok I think. I'll just see what happens on the auction in the next few days. I never bid until the last minute.

Thanks for the replies!!
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since its only 100 miles away why dont you e-mail the guy, see if you can settle on a price, drive down this weekend and check out the bikes, ride the bikes, see what you and your whife think and if you want them buy them and have the guy pull them from e-bay. He might just go for it. I have found a lot of people that are just happy to settle on a price and sell their stuff instead of continuing with an auction. Plus that way you are saving the guy the trouble of packing and shipping them. Never hurts to ask.
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They still have over 3 days left.
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that seems like a killer deal to me, provided the bikes are useful to you. that yakima rack itself could easily go for $300.
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looks like a killer deal to me 2. make sure you monitor the bid if you really wnat it.
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Old 09-09-03, 02:56 PM   #12
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OH Well looks like it went a bit higher than I was hoping($610.00). Looked good for a while but then the real bidders started bidding on the last day. Guess I'll just have to get a new bike at the LBS for Xmas or something. A new Gary Fisher maybe.
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