Just bought my first mountain bike. I'm a collegiate (and USCF) road racer looking to race MTB next season for my school. I wanted something that would be a nice light, XC race bike. I decided I wanted a HT, both to learn better technique, and for the climbing and weight. Price range was around $1k for a used bike.
This is what I bought:
Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper HT 2006 - Red.
The bike is in great mechanical condition and rides very well. Pedals are not included.
FRAME - M5 Aluminum - Red
FORK - Rock Shox Dart3 100mm (New)
HANDLEBARS - Easton EA-30 Aluminum
REAR DERAILLEUR - Shimano XTR (Rapid Rise)
FRONT DERAILLEUR - SRAM XGen
CRANKSET - XTR 2-Chainrings (no small Chainring) - has some foot rub..pls see photo
SHIFT LEVERS - SRAM Attack gripshift
LEVERS - Avid Speed Dial Ultimate
BRAKES - Avid Single Digit Ultimate
WHEELSET - Mavic CrossRide (disk compatible) - Brand NEW
WHEEL - Front: Michelin XCR Dry 2 (2.1) - Back: Michelin XCR Dry 2 (2.0) New
SADDLE - Specialized Toupe Ti 130
Seatpost/Headset - Thomson
I only paid $1050, including shipping. I'm thinking I did well. I don't know mountain bike prices, but I think this bike was pretty expensive just a few years ago (around $4-5k?).
What do you think?