Join Date: May 2005
Bikes: Schweeet Jamis 2008 Komodo, 40's Malvern Star 16" my 1st! , 58 Malvern Star 28", (gave it to the LBS for display) late 80's Repco Olympic 12,(stolen), Custom Voodoo Wanga, Giant Iguana, commuter in build .
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It looks like a basic entry level MTB. At that price it would need to be in excellent condition with no evidence of abuse or over reaching its abilities. Look for any scratching of the finish, dings or bends in the frame and derailuer hanger. Check the forks are still straight and not weeping oil from the seals. Check the frame and forks all over for cracks, especially near welds. Check the wheels are still true and the spokes all evenly tensioned, the wheel/hubs should rotate freely with no slop or grabbing in the hub. Check the headstem is still good with no slop or slackness. All the gears and brakes should operate well without missed changes or skipping, brakes should stop you quickly and the rim walls should not be ground out. Lastly have look at the cosmetic condition, are there big scratches in the frame or derailleur? what about the ends of the bars or the controls? and have a look at the pedals and cranks are they all beaten up and bent? Cosmetics can indicate a hard life, things not working can indicate a lack of basic maintenance and the motivation or ability to have it done, at that price the bike would want to be pretty shmick. That said what would I know about second hand bike prices in Cairo?
Perhaps somebody here has direct experience of that make and model?