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Old 04-09-18, 09:51 AM
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What bike should I buy? My retro MTB

Hi guys
If my English it's not good sorry, I'm from another country Romania.
I want to buy a retro mtb for me to use it to commute (30-45 min) to work, mainly on paved roads, some dirt roads . And maybe have some fun on weekends.
They are worth the money?
1. specialized stumpjumper - frame - ridden by a guy 1.80m tall - 245$
2. trek 3500 alpha - frame 22.5' - 211$
3. gt timberline - frame I will find out later - 184$
specialized condition 8.5/10; gt and trek 7.5/10
I have 1.83m/6ft height and 110kg/242lbs
If none of them are good for me maybe you can recommend me some new bikes. My budget is 320$.

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Old 04-09-18, 10:34 AM
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Those look like pretty clean bikes, so the prices are reasonable. (Not fantastic deals, but not too expensive either.) That being said, at your height, the Stumpjumper and GT are likely way too small for you. By the time you get the saddle high enough, the bars will be too low, making for an uncomfortable commute, unless you are very flexible, and are pedaling very hard. The Trek appears to be much larger, and would likely make for a more comfortable position.

How far is your commute, and over what sort of roads? Old MTBs are great for rougher pavement, and shorter commutes, but the lack of hand positions and more upright posture makes them less desirable as distances increase.
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Easy Stumpjumper buy. Should be the perfect size for someone 183cm / 5'9," and it looks to be in great shape.

The Trek isn't exactly a retro mtb (minus the 26" wheels I guess). Also, it's enormous and low-end. Pass!

The GT is a solid, midrange bike, but can't compete with the Specialized.
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Originally Posted by Clang View Post
Easy Stumpjumper buy. Should be the perfect size for someone 183cm / 5'9," and it looks to be in great shape.

The Trek isn't exactly a retro mtb (minus the 26" wheels I guess). Also, it's enormous and low-end. Pass!

The GT is a solid, midrange bike, but can't compete with the Specialized.


My vote is for the Stumpjumper too.

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That Stumper jumper looks great. Might be a little small but should work. The GT isn't as nice as the SJ but might be the best fit. The Trek is probably too big.

edit - pretty sure 183cm = 6 feet
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Whoops. I put 180cm from "1. specialized stumpjumper - frame - ridden by a guy 1.80m tall" into an online converter and I misinterpreted 5.9' as 5'9." Then the extra 3cm would bump it up to 6.' Have I mentioned that I hate our clunky imperial units?

I guess try a few sizes and see what you're most comfortable on. That might mean passing up the Stumpy if it's too small.
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So stumpjumper is to small. I checked. Very beautiful bike but to small.
Trek is to big. I checked also.
GT I love how it's shaped but still don't know the measurements.
I'm inclined to buy a new one but with my budget I think I will get a crappy one!
what do you think about this one? >>>gt-27.5er-aggressor-expert-2016-mountain-bike
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Around here, vintage MTBs are plentiful. I'd hold out for a good one that fits. Look for one with top components: Deore XT, DX, or LX. Rigid frame bikes like you posted here tend to be more durable and less headaches on the used market. The rebuild of a suspension fork in my area is over $100 by itself.


That Stumpy above is a great example, its really way better bike than the other two. If I was going to guess pricing, I'd put the GT at 1X, the Trek at 1.5X, and the Stumpy at 3X. Let X be the price that basic older MTBs sell for. So if a basic MTB in your area sells for $100, its $100, $150 and $300. Add a bump for condition!


Technology on MTBs has changed dramatically. So if you need the latest and greatest, raise your budget and get a new one: hydraulic disc brakes, full suspension, 29 er, etc. Such a bike will totally blow your budget! At that point, the vintage stuff looks pretty damn good!!

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how do I know what frame size fits me? My inside leg is 76 cm , height 1.83 m.
The GT has 45cm seat tube and 56cm top tube.

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Originally Posted by Marian I View Post
So stumpjumper is to small. I checked. Very beautiful bike but to small.
Trek is to big. I checked also.
GT I love how it's shaped but still don't know the measurements.
I'm inclined to buy a new one but with my budget I think I will get a crappy one!
what do you think about this one? >>>gt-27.5er-aggressor-expert-2016-mountain-bike
Did you ride them or just get dimensions? 76cm leg length means a pretty long torso. There is another thread on this board about bike fit.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Did you ride them or just get dimensions? 76cm leg length means a pretty long torso. There is another thread on this board about bike fit.
I got dimensions. trek nah... to chunky , stumpy I wanna buy it and put it in the living room like a work of art, the gt I wanna f..ing ride it ! looks mean!
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