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Old 06-29-14, 07:24 AM   #1
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Need advice on buying a MTB (regarding price)

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Recently I've started taking a liking to cycling so I decided the time has come for a purchase of my own (I used my brother's bike up until now).
I am looking for a bike to use in the city (full of potholes) for commuting and some off-road, nothing extreme though, just some dirt roads, maybe a few hill climbs.
On the advice of a friend of mine he recommended a Scott MC 30(i think it is the 2006 model) which he found second-hand for 850Euro, in good shape, with these specs:
Front Fork: Fox talas RL 120 mm,
LX line: pedals LX , hidraulic brakes LX, dual control levers LX
Rear shifter: XTR
Rims: MAVIC
Tyres: Vredestein

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What I am would like to know is would the bike be worth this price? (the year of the bike is not mentioned but I did read it can be as old as 2006, and as I do not know how bikes value deteriorate over time I decided to post here and look for advice)
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Old 06-29-14, 07:55 AM   #2
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I believe they were about 2500 when new, so 800 sounds like a good deal to me for a carbon framed bike. Personally I would never buy a used carbon frame, not knowing if there are any underlying hair cracks to the carbon but thats just me. Make sure that the frame is the correct size for you. It looks really small to me, could be the picture though. How tall are you and what do you weigh, what size is the bike?
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Old 06-29-14, 08:14 AM   #3
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I believe they were about 2500 when new, so 800 sounds like a good deal to me for a carbon framed bike. Personally I would never buy a used carbon frame, not knowing if there are any underlying hair cracks to the carbon but thats just me. Make sure that the frame is the correct size for you. It looks really small to me, could be the picture though. How tall are you and what do you weigh, what size is the bike?
Thank you for the answer!
I am 1.70m (5.57 feet) and the bike frame is a M. I do plan of course on trying it before buying as the seller is from the same city as myself.
And I'm guessing there is no easy way to check for hair cracks in the carbon frame?
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Bicycle Blue Book - Used Bikes

Pricing on there isn't 100% accurate but will give you an idea. That bike is overkill for road riding with a little light off roading.
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That does not seem to me like a very road oriented bike at all. For around $800, you could find a pretty good old road bike and put some larger tires on it.
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Bicycle Blue Book - Used Bikes

Pricing on there isn't 100% accurate but will give you an idea. That bike is overkill for road riding with a little light off roading.
Thank you fort the website! Although I see only they have the value for models from 2009 for this particular model and I have read somewhere they made it from 2006, which would worry me a bit.
I know it is overkill for the road but I would much prefer a solid, comfortable bike if I take on suddenly appearing potholes and things like that, plus I have a few friends that enjoy riding on forrest trails and I would like to join them as soon as I get enough experience.
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That does not seem to me like a very road oriented bike at all. For around $800, you could find a pretty good old road bike and put some larger tires on it.
I know, I know but I'll just quote my previous answer: " I know it is overkill for the road but I would much prefer a solid, comfortable bike if I take on suddenly appearing potholes and things like that, plus I have a few friends that enjoy riding on forrest trails and I would like to join them as soon as I get enough experience" adding that I learned city bikes can be less comfortable and less sturdy than mountain bikes so although they are ideal for commuting in the city if it would be in good road structure, they would not be suitable for damaged roads, not to mention forrest ones, would this be accurate?
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Very rare for a city road to be not damaged. A "commuting" bike should be more than strong enough for trail/woods riding.
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