Old 08-31-14, 06:48 PM
Thrifty Bill
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As far as being taken by a dealer, few if any dealers are going to be interested in a 23 year old mountain bike. Doesn't matter how expensive it was way back when. The vintage mtb market sucks. There are only a handful of rare bikes that bring value, the rest go pretty cheap to the recreational bike market (cheapskates).

Lower end mtbs that might have retailed for $300 way back when might bring $25 less than one that retailed for $900. So as a buyer, the high end mtbs are a deal, as a seller, not so hot.

Half of what you get will depend on your marketing skills. Its actually a lot of work to get anything close to fair market value for a vintage bike.

I have bought a lot of older bikes, probably close to 600. Hardly used is the norm. Most bicycles either fall into the "best intentions" or the "New Years Resolution" area. People buy them with all kinds of plans but end up not riding them. The same is true of all exercise equipment: treadmills, stationary bikes, weight sets, etc. What does make a difference is how the item was stored over the last 20 years. Tossed under the deck, and even a lightly used bike can rot away to nothing.

Realize not ridden for 23 years = not maintained for 23 years. Grease, bearings, tires, cables, brake pads, etc. all age whether a bicycle is ridden or not. People want bikes ready to ride, rather than bikes with 23 year old grease, bearings, and tires.

+10 If it has a suspension fork that is bad news. Fork technology has changed dramatically and forks do not age well. Rebuilding a fork on an old mtb can exceed its value.

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