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Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
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Certainly you should check the frame, rims, hubs, brakes, shifters etc. As someone who is familiar with bikes, but not familiar with mountain bikes, I would also focus on the fork. Is it original or updated with a better replacement? Has it been rebuilt? When? Is it the old elasotmer type? In my limited experience dealing with a few freinds new to mountain biking, they see a suspension fork and assume nothing can go wrong with it. But when you think about it, on the trail, what part takes a huge amount of abuse? Make sure it isn't leaking if it is an oil damping fork or an air spring fork. If it is original equipment, maybe it's time to replace it or at least service it if the owner has not kept it up. Factor that into the price.
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