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Old 01-24-11, 12:59 PM   #1
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SRAM X7 Kit - To buy or not to buy?

I am just in to riding and don't have a whole lot of money to spend on equipment and found a guy on craigslist selling;

* X7 3x9 Trigger Shifters
* X7 Long Cage Rear Derailleur
* PG-970 9-speed Cassette 11/34t
* PC-971 9-speed Chain w/Gold Powerlink

for $135 but I talked him down to $115. It doesn't have a front derailleur, but is it still worth buying or can I find this if I wait for cheaper or better equipment for same price? Any feedback will help, thank you.
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Old 01-27-11, 07:05 PM   #2
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I run a SRAM X-7 rear derailleur and X-5 trigger shifters and they have never faultered over 6 months of use. I say its a good deal, but i would get some detailed pictures of them before you buy them to make sure the teeth are straight and the derailleur isnt bent.
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X7 is pretty nice stuff for the coin. I installed an X7 train in my friend's bike a couple years ago and it's still shifting flawlessly. (mostly b/c I installed it )
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I just saw a NEW X7 rear D for 29.99 at REI in the parts window in the shop section.

I look for deals on used stuff all the time but almost always come away disapointed when I get used cassettes, chains or rear Ds. I buy used Frames and brakes - (I can change the pads) but when it comes to used cassettes and chains I have learned my lesson.

look to ebay for NEW X7 stuff at that same price. or take you time and shop well on the interwebs.
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here is 970 cassette NEW for 29.99
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/129...sette-2010.htm

an LX chain for 23.98
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/163...peed-Chain.htm

here are X7 triggers for 39
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/197...Speed-2010.htm

Rear D x7 for 44.99
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/199...lleur-2010.htm

138 for BRAND NEW stuff that you know will last a lot longer than the used stuff. that is just 3 dollars more than his orginial price. it is a false econmoy to save 20 buck and have to replace it way earlier and buy a replacement new.

That is the FIRST store I looked at - I bet you could dig a bit and find better prices - look to JensonUSA
Bluesky and universal bikes along with Performance bikes and Bike nashbar - Performance and bike Nashbar almost always have 10 to 20% off coupons too if you look.

oh and
FREE SHIPPING at price point for ups ground until Feb 1

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Thank you everyone for the responses. I am glad to hear that the quality of the components are really good. I ended up buying the parts from the guy for $115 and they were all brand new. I installed them all but don't have the front derailleur, so I can't comment on how they work. Thanks again for the help and information.
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I didn't know about the used components, but I now know and will be cautious in the future. I was fortunant that these components were brand new. Thanks again.
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