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    Purchasing 90s Specialized Hardrock Ultra - opinions please

    I'm looking for a bike for city / suburban commuting and it was suggested that I look at fully rigid mountain bikes. I came across a used mid 90s (I suspect a 1995) Specialized Hardrock Ultra.

    Here is a very large picture:
    http://imgur.com/qqbsH.jpg

    and the bikepedia entry of what I suspect the bike is:
    http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...ltra&Type=bike

    He's told me it's a 21" frame (I'm 6'3"), that it was tuned up last spring, and that there are no problems with the bike besides the normal wear and tear.

    What questions should I ask about the bike? How does the condition of the bike look from that picture? He's offered to take more pictures for me... is there anything in particular I ask about? I originally wanted a single speed for the ease of maintenance - how easy and costly could this be and would the semi-horizontal dropouts make it too difficult?

    Lastly, what is the value of a bike like this? He's asking $150 which seems a bit high for a 15 year old bike, but not outrageous.

    Any help would be appreciated

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    $150 seems ridiculously high. I've seen these go for under $100.
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    Yea, 150 is way too high. That thing was worth $250 brand new.

    I would pass, at any price.
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    Yikes, okay. Is this thing just too old that it's likely too beat and a terrible ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VR4 View Post
    Yikes, okay. Is this thing just too old that it's likely too beat and a terrible ride?
    Might be a rideable bike, likely just overpriced. $50 or so and maybe more interesting...it's a $350 bike new 15 years ago...in what world would that be still worth $150 without major and recent upgrades? Hard to tell over the internet from a picture what the condition is in any case, let alone what it's equipped with. It's a low end Special Ed bike at best, which isn't saying much.
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    We have two Rockhoppers and one Stumpjumper from that era. I think they're great all-around bikes. I'd pay $150 for one if I didn't have to do too much work on it. I'm no expert on pricing, but I like those bikes.

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    I sold my old mid-90s Hardrock, in MUCH better condition than that bike (I even cleaned it prior to taking pictures) for $50 about 4 years ago. I'd give the guy $50 MAX and that's if everything is working very well.
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    Thanks, guys. I guess I'll keep looking.

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    yeah 150 seems really high. i got an 05 hardrock pro disc for less than that a few weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VR4 View Post
    Thanks, guys. I guess I'll keep looking.
    Hello,
    I was just reading through your posts. I have Hardrock Ultra I purchased brand new some time in early to mid '90's. If I had to guess it was '93. The bike is in near mint condition, a few small scratches aside, and I am looking to sell it. Off hand I dont have any of the particulars, but I will be happy to post or email you some pics and other specs on it. I think I even still have the owners manual that came with it.
    Let me know.

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