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Old 01-23-05, 03:31 PM   #1
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Convert to SS before I sell?

I'm going to be selling my wife's bike and I can't decide if I should sell it as-is or convert it to SS. It's a late 1990's Specialized Hardrock with partially horizontal dropouts. The components are of so-so quality, so I was thinking of trying to apeal to the SS crowd. What's everyone think? Will I get more for it multi-geared or SS?

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Old 01-23-05, 03:36 PM   #2
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i would leave it geared, if the buyer wants it converted, then they can do it themselves
but i doubt somone would buy it SS to convert back to geared.
cutting off the Der's and removing shifters etc will turn off anyone who wants it geared.
i say leave it, my opinion...
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Old 01-23-05, 03:54 PM   #3
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if selling is the primary objective then leave it.

I would think there would be a bigger set of potential buyers looking for a MTN bike, vs a SS.
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Sell it as is but punch up the fact that it's got semi-horizontal drop.
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Old 01-23-05, 05:02 PM   #5
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I would chop-shop it. Take off the shifters and derailluers and sell them separatly, then sell off the two extra chainrings, and tell everyone it's a 7 speed cassette (or 8). Make money in droves if you can.
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what size frame is it?
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Sell it as is and you are selling a HardRock that is just like everyone else's.

Convert it to single speed and you have something a little more marketable in today's market. Offer the extra components as a freebie to help drive up bidding.

Start bidding very low. Those first few bids show interest and will incite others to get in on the action.

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Wow. Thanks for all of the replies! Looks like that's two votes for converting it and three for selling as is. Although the chop shop idea sounds like a good one too. I'll still have to give this some thought - part of me wants to convert it just for the fun of it and also knowing the good deed I've done for creating yet another SS.

leagalize_it: It's a 19" frame (center to top). You interested? I'll hook you up with a no cost conversion

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