Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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For bushings, if it's a 2000 bike, would consider this, a fork and shox service almost a necessitate, unless they have been done very recently, if the bike has been ridden hard, would expect to need to replace the bearings as well.
It's probably worth more in parts than as a complete bike, having recently scraped a 1999 full suspension GT I-drive bike due to cost and availbility of spares, it just isn't worth trying find parts.
Add to this that suspension has changed since 2000, even most 5 year old FS bikes will be out of date now.
Looking at the spec on Biikepedia for the Stage 3, it's nothing special, just basic but good old Deore, the biggest problem though is v-brakes, nothing wrong with them, but they are totally out classed by discs currently used, if you are riding with others, you will find yourself being outbraked all the time, which isn't too enjoyable if group riding.