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Old 01-26-09, 08:49 PM   #1
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How much for this bike?

I'm getting ready to sell my 2 MTBs to buy one that is the right size for me. How much would you expect these to fetch? I would continue to ride them but I really need to get something in my size. I'm 6' and need a 19" frame and these are both 17".

#1) 1999 Specialized FSR Comp (I'm thinking ~$500?)
Condition: Recently fully tuned/lubed up, tires and brakes have lots of life left.
Upgades: XTR front and rear der's, Cateye Enduro 8 computer, Scott SPD pedals.
Damage: light scratches, no dents/cracks, no mechanical problems.


#2) 2002 K2 Zed 4.0 (I'm thinking ~$375?)
Condition: Recently fully tuned/lubed up with new cables and drivetrain parts, tires and brakes have plenty of life left.
Upgrades: RockShox Tora 302 fork, Mavic X517 wheels laced to XT hubs, Raceface Evolve crankset, new LX cassette, new SRAM chain, RaceFace Deus XC riser handlebars, new grips, Specialized Avatar saddle, wireless computer.
Damage: medium scratches, no dents/cracks, no mechanical problems.
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Old 01-26-09, 08:53 PM   #2
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This is bordering on spam.
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This is bordering on spam.
Really? Sorry...I didn't know. If I'm violating some policy let me know and I'll kindly remove my post. Just wanting a sanity check before I post them for sale locally.
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I wouldnt call it spam, its a ligit? If he or she starts posting contact info to buy then I would say delete it.
This is my personal opinion, based on the prices used bikes fetch in my part of the country.
The full suspension, while it looks clean, is overpriced at $550. reason being, FS bikes have come a long way the past 10 years "hence 10 year old bike" outdated frame rear shock and way out dated front fork. Now, just so you know I personally love older bikes, and enjoy riding them from time to time for that old school feel. But even when I do I get people looking and snickering and some will ask what the heck im doing on a old relic. I would start at $400 and hope for $300-350

The hardtail also is a nice bike, your main downfall will be lack of disc brakes for the price you want. I would ask $350 and hope for $275-325
Again my own opinion, and just like a certain part of all our bodies, we all have one.

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I think your estimates are pretty good. I'd be prepared to come down a little after posting at the prices you stated. Here's the problem I see, especially with the K2 ZED, you will have to sell those bikes to someone who knows what they're doing. Many newbs will take one look, make some remark like "What, no disc brakes? I can get a new bike with disc brakes for the same money". They won't understand, Mavic 517's (my ATF BTW), RockShox TORA, XT hubs and so on. But IMHO, the right buyer, someone who has an entry level bike and is ready to move up, will be impressed and come close to your asking.
The Specialized will probably sell because its a duelly and its Specialized. Someone will go for it just for those two reasons. But that's a dated frame.
Personally, I think the K2 is the better buy, but that's just me.
A lot will depend on how hot the bike market is in your area. Good luck.
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I think your estimates are pretty good. I'd be prepared to come down a little after posting at the prices you stated. Here's the problem I see, especially with the K2 ZED, you will have to sell those bikes to someone who knows what they're doing. Many newbs will take one look, make some remark like "What, no disc brakes? I can get a new bike with disc brakes for the same money". They won't understand, Mavic 517's (my ATF BTW), RockShox TORA, XT hubs and so on. But IMHO, the right buyer, someone who has an entry level bike and is ready to move up, will be impressed and come close to your asking.
The Specialized will probably sell because its a duelly and its Specialized. Someone will go for it just for those two reasons. But that's a dated frame.
Personally, I think the K2 is the better buy, but that's just me.
A lot will depend on how hot the bike market is in your area. Good luck.
Roccobike, you def made a good point about it being a Specialized. But at the same time that can hurt him also in selling for the price. Reason being,Specialized is the brand year after year that is revolutionizing FS MTN bikes. The new mods are so BAD A-$$, they make anything older look like crap. Hardtails on the other end, back in the day where made of steel, which now alot of us die hards have gone back to, and today there mainly aluminum or carbon.
And I am sure you will agree. I would rather have a nice set of V's than crap disc. But the newbs all think disc, no matter what kind or brand is the only way to go. The main reason I make my statements, mainly about the FS bike is. I have seen people around here trying to sell that same bike and others close to that year including different brands. If they are more than 5 years old, nobody wants to pay any thing for them. I guess it just depends on how bad MTN bike snobbery is where you live.
I should of said this in the last post, but here is what you do. Post them for what you want to get out of them on craigslist, it doesn't cost a dime to run a ad on there. See what kind of responses you get. If you get none or a ton of email saying your smoking crack,then you keep dropping the price until they sell.

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400 for each.

Only because they look like they are in superb condition.
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Thanks for the inputs, guys! Good to hear that I'm not too out-of-this world on my pricing.

If anyone else has inputs, I'm open to more opinions. Planning to post for sale locally next week. Thanks!
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You could always donate them to Goodwill and make the tax write-off any amount you want.


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The FSR is a clean specimen indeed. I know it must sound odd but that is still one of my favorite frame designs.
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I wouldnt call it spam, its a liget? If he or she starts posting contact info to buy then I would say delete it.
Yeah, 'cause you have to be a real genious to figure out how to reach a forum member. What's a liget?



I remember when that model of FSR came out...I wanted one pretty badly.
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i think a liget is some sort of abbreviation for "legitimate", ie, legit, like, the poster was asking "is it legit?"

not sure, though. Either way, I've always wanted to ask a forum about a price before i sell an old bike, but i fear the flags on the play, and i usually either give the thing away or start riding it more until some acquainence asks if i'd sell it.

No one will ever get rich selling 1990s mtbs. That hasnt happened since, like, the 1990s.
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"Sorry" I misspelled a abbreviation. Yes, legit is short for legitimate. Ill try not to let it happen again.
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The Zed gives me that homespun feeling!
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The saving grace of the FSR is probably the parts. Even 10 year old XTR is pretty solid. That price for the K2 is reasonable I think. Maybe 400 for each, as they look to be in good condition, as C Law said.
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Saving grace of the FSR is the frame. Shock is so-so but the frame design is sound as ever.
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For me at least the components would be more desirable.

Is it still possible to get replacement bushings for that frame? That could certainly change things, and it's not like the horst link is a dated design.

Still, there are things about that frame that make it less appealing, in my eyes. I like being able to slam my seat at least a ways. Can't do it on that (and several years afterwards) FSRs. No disc mounts is going to turn people off. I don't know what tire clearance is like, but some older full suspensions don't exactly have it in spades.
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Trying to sell the exact same year & model FSR here in the SF Bay Area. Just as clean and nice as yours, with some component downgrades, but overall a close comparison. Asking $450... getting ZERO* responses so far. It's only been a week, and I'm not in a hurry, but I'll let you know if something happens.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/1006709193.html

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Thanks, Kedosto.
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Put it on Ebay and you'll find out what it's worth.
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Sold mine today. The guy offered me $400, we settled on $420. I included the original fork springs, a second 800lb rear shock spring, a spare stem and the original (worn out) tires. The springs were part of the deal, the stem and tires I just wanted to get out of my garage. Good luck selling yours!
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Right on - thanks. Glad you got it sold!
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Well, thought I should update since both bikes are now sold. $350 for the K2 (sold to a friend of a friend) and $450 for the FSR (sold within hours of Craig's List post).
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