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Old 02-07-11, 11:15 PM   #1
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Looking for Used Mtn. Bike but Growing Weary

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I posted in the folding bike thread explaining that I wanted an inexpensive Mtn. Bike around the $300 range. It became very clear that I will not be able to purchase anything for that price of any kind of quality that hasn't been used. This has led me to go searching up and down craigslist for bikes. I'm looking for a bike to ride around campus and to go on some dirt trails, I live in So Cal so the dirt here can sometimes be kind of compacted and clay like at some of the parks I live near. I'm also 5'11 with pretty long limbs, so I hope that helps you guys some.

But the bottom line is, I'm getting a little tired of shopping for used bikes and am pretty much on my last wind here. I found this bike
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2199483175.html Which looked pretty cool.

this one: http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2198982338.htmll

annnd this one http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2198982338.html so far.

What do you guys think? Any of them worth buying or all the all crap?

My local bike shop also offered me this bike http://www.cannondale.com/usa/usaeng...ame-technology
for $400 brand new, what do you think of this one? Thanks for any feedback.
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Old 02-07-11, 11:27 PM   #2
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I like the Dakota best for the money, but it might be a hair too small. Though one brand's 17" is far from another's
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Old 02-08-11, 05:20 PM   #3
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Just scheduled an appointment to visit the dude! He said its got a flat tire in the back though so I won't really be able to ride it.
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Just scheduled an appointment to visit the dude! He said its got a flat tire in the back though so I won't really be able to ride it.
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i'm partial to the GT Karakoram, cuz i own two of them, but i'd take either of the old bikes ahead of the cannondale. the GT is not a hybrid, but it looks like it has been hybridized with the riser bar and rack.

two things to note about the GT:

1. it probably has a 1" steerer tube, so you're not likely to ever find a suspension fork for it. that may not a problem for the given job description, in fact, rigid might be preferable.

2. it'll make a righteous, rigid, singlespeed




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The big lebowski??
Not THE DUDE, but the guy selling the bike.

Thanks KEV, I'll definitely put that bike into consideration now with the info you just gave me, its also $50 cheaper than that Dakota the guy is selling.

Also, this was the last link I originally meant to post
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2196363539.html

and I also came accross this bike which I though looked super cool. http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2204788116.html

Tell me what you guys think, I'm planning on buying one of these babies by this Saturday or so, so if any of you guys have an opinion on any of the above posted links, I'm more than open to hearing it! Thanks.
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Old 02-09-11, 08:19 PM   #7
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two things to note about the GT:

1. it probably has a 1" steerer tube, so you're not likely to ever find a suspension fork for it. that may not a problem for the given job description, in fact, rigid might be preferable.

2. it'll make a righteous, rigid, singlespeed




Umm, depending on the steerer tube length, I just might have an early Rockshock with a 1 inch steerer...
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http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2206217607.html
Might be too big. Not sure. It'll be close, probably. A little bit more than you wanted to pay, but also nicer than what you've posted. That's a big fork for the bike though. Just check to make sure everything's in good condition and nothing's cracked or the fork's not blown, and ride it to make sure the geometry's not whacked out from the fork.

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2199007220.html
Again, a little more than $300, but a nice bike.
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Old 02-09-11, 11:20 PM   #9
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Thanks for the links. Those last two bikes look awesome, specifically the last one because I would be willing to pay for that. The only thing that worries me is having a bike like that stolen while on campus.

Did any of the bikes I listed appeal to you?
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The Rockhopper is a very good bike, and in good condition definitely worth the price. It's a decent frame and some components could be upgraded if/when they break.

As far as having a bike stolen on campus it really is about how you lock it. Get a U-lock and maybe an extra cable and never don't lock the bike up. Being a mountain bike it'll already be overlooked by a lot of thieves out looking for fixies.
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Being from Orange County I can tell you this:

There's a lot of good $100.00 used mountain bikes out there. Too bad everybody wants $400.00 for them.
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The GT or the Rockhopper. I like rigid fork bikes, they are simply a blast to ride. Plus they can do pavement. It depends on the trails you may hit. I ride fire trails and the rigid is perfect. Plus as was mentioned you could go single speed with it nicely. The Specialized has the susp. fork and disc brakes, a good basic trail bike. That looks like a 2007 Comp disc with a Tora susp. fork and Deore components. Not a bad bike.
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Yeah, my only concern with the Rockhopper is that it's a 17' frame which might be a little too small for me, and that's how it looks in the pick. Luckily I have options. I think this bike http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2206529664.html may have a more suitable frame for me, they're both located pretty close to each other so I'll probably just test both of em out to see which feels better. Thanks for the input again guys.
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http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/2209795558.html

this is the bike I think I'm gonna buy tonight. What do you guys think? I'm visiting with the seller in a few hours so tell me what 'yall think. Thanks!!
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