Another older MTB for a Noob's first bike
After my decision to not jump on the 1997 Specialized FSR Ground Control, mainly because the components were shot and I am just looking for a basic but decent bike for occasional trails and such, I continued my search. I found a 1999 K2 Zed X for $150 that looks like it hasn't seen very many mile at all, all original components, looks cleaner than my month old 2013 Fuji Absolute. Now, I sure couldn't find much on these bikes and from what I did find, these (1999 - 2000) were assembled in the US and I believe the frames were built here and really have no relation to the models being sold at Sports Authority and REI. Here are the specs from Bikepedia.
I think I am gonna grab this one, based on the components alone, although I have to say the frame looked decent and had nice welds. I rode it and it shifts smoother than my Hybrid, tires are in good condition, as I said, it really looks like this bike has less than a couple hundred miles, if even that, on it. I know its not an Iconic frame, from a renowned manufacturer, like the FSR was, but for my purposes I think it will be perfect. The only concern, and its really not that big, is the stupid Smart Fork, it works right now and has adjustable dampening, so I figure I can ride the heck out of it right now and keep my eyes out for a nice used fork to replace it with down the road. Thoughts?