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Old 04-30-08, 12:33 PM   #1
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Bontrager Privateer

Hello,

I hope that this is OK to post here. I just need some advice and opinions.

About 10 years ago, I got a Bontrager Privateer mountain bike. I guess it was the last year that Bontrager truly owned the company. Shortly after getting it, I went through a series of lifestyle changes (got married, moved to a different area) and haven't ridden it much at all the past several years. I'm rather embarrassed to say it probably has less than 50 miles on it. At this point in my life, after breaking my back and becoming less active, I've realized that I need to look at getting a different style bike with a more upright sitting position. All that to say, I need to sell my Bontrager and I have no idea what I should ask for it. It's in good shape, couple of small scuffs in one spot on the frame but that's about it. It's a hardtail with front shocks but it should have pretty decent components as it was about $1200 when I purchased it, which I figure is above an entry level bike. If anyone could give me some idea on what it would be worth, I'd really appreciate it. Like I said, I just don't know where to start on finding that out.

Thanks so much in advance!
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Old 04-30-08, 02:59 PM   #2
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Check completed Ebay auctions to see if anything has sold recently, and if so, for how much.
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Old 04-30-08, 03:43 PM   #3
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Also search craigslist:

http://www.google.com/search?q=site%...ager+privateer

I think you'll be lucky to get 25% of what you paid which is a shame. Maybe a bit more since it's basically new. You might also talk to your LBS about your needs. It's possible you could get a tall stem &/or riser handlebars to get you where you need to be vertically. Then get some slicks so it rides fast on pavement.
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PM me too if the effective top tube is between 21.5" and 22.0" (generally corresponds to a 16"-ish frame).
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OK, really embarrassed about this question...

Where do I measure to/from to get the correct frame size? It's been awhile since I've actively looked at bikes and frames sizes and I just don't remember enough about it. Any pointers you could give would really be helpful.

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Old 05-07-08, 07:03 AM   #7
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Hi again,

Went to LBS to determine if I was measuring the frame correctly. I guess that many Bontragers (mine included) have a seat post extension that shouldn't be included in the measurements. So the bike measures 15" from center of pedal crank to the horizontal cross bar. I think I was told that makes it a medium frame.
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