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Blue Max Plateau EX Road Bike Value?

Old 09-22-18, 12:58 AM
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Blue Max Plateau EX Road Bike Value?

I have an opportunity to buy a Blue Max Plateau EX in excellent condition, but I can't find out much about it by googling it. Just know Blue Max was a private label Mongoose sold mostly on military bases in the 80's, hence why they are so hard to find. I do know Blue Max BMX bikes go for a ton, but cant find much out about their road bikes. I've seen a couple old classified ads for them for under $100, but am wondering if they were just undervalued by the seller. Any ideas on value???

P.S. I can't post a pic until I get to 10 posts. Arghh!
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Old 09-22-18, 01:00 AM
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I'm in the Southern California area if that helps in giving a proper value.
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Old 09-22-18, 05:42 AM
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This isn't a road bicycle but a hybrid, which was a dual purpose bicycle meant for primarily road use and occasional, light duty, off-road forays. It is no older than 1990s. It's hard to determine the level from the low resolution, non-drive side picture but the the crankset appears to utilize small section, steel arms and the pedals appear to be resin, both of which would be indicative of an entry level model and likely Taiwanese in origin. Pending pictures of the major components, any tubeset decal and submission of the serial number, I'd say sub-$100 is about right. Picture assist....

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Old 07-09-20, 04:41 PM
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Hi, New here, having just bought this very brand/model bike as an interim until the new Trek I'm interested can be found. Pretty good deal at $60 - smooth ride, smooth braking, pretty good shifting (if not *perfect*). Brake pads are a bit hard and lacking grip, so will need to replace those, too.

The bike needs tires, but there are so many numbers on the sidewalls, I'm having trouble figuring out what to get. What I *believe* is the main sizing number is: 28 x 1 3/8 x 1 5/8. But 28" is the outside diameter of the tire (actually a bit larger, it seems to measure about 27.5" - but with a tape measure, so probably not the most accurate).

Where can this size be found? Do I need to show the other numbers?

Thanks very much.
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Old 07-09-20, 04:54 PM
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The tires are 700c 622mm ISO for replacements you can run 32mm to 60mm width so a lot of selection .
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Thank you very much. I wound up ordering a set of 700c-42mm, plus tools (which I don't currently have) to make this change over.

Appreciate the inputs very much.
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I have a Blue Max Plateau EX IDENTICAL to what's shown in Post #3.

I've had it since '01 or '02 when I lived in Ft. Collins Colorado, and I can't remember whether it was given to me, or whether I got it at a garage sale or a goodwill in which case I likely didn't pay more than $50 or so for it.

QUESTION: I've got this, and I've got a Novara "Randonee" 21-speed which I believe is REI's "House Brand". CRMO tubing. Paid $25 at a garage sale 5 or 6 years ago with non-working brake lever shifters ("brifters") that I managed to get MOSTLY working with half a can of WD-40 followed by some light machine oil. Also made in Taiwan.

WHICH TO KEEP, and which to give away? Any good reason to prefer one over the other? Neither is "perfect"; both have shifters that MOSTLY work, and both could use a good tune-up and/or minor repairs. My gut feeling is that the Novara is probably the better of the two, but at the same time I'm leery of "House Brands"; I don't know enough about bicycles to know that I'm not getting stuck with a "special" that I can only ever go to REI for parts/repair for. And I've seen posts around the net that the Blue Max might be some sort of "collectible".

Any advice would be welcome.
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Your gut was correct. Keep the Novara. The Blue Max may be rare (this is the first one I've seen), but that doesn't mean it's collectible. From the pic it looks to be a bottom-tier hybrid. The Novara is quite a step up. Don't worry about house-brand parts compatibility- REI just contracted bikes form Asia like everyone else and slapped their decals on them.
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Your gut was correct. Keep the Novara. The Blue Max may be rare (this is the first one I've seen), but that doesn't mean it's collectible. From the pic it looks to be a bottom-tier hybrid. The Novara is quite a step up. Don't worry about house-brand parts compatibility- REI just contracted bikes form Asia like everyone else and slapped their decals on them.
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I have a Blue Max Plateau frameset and they are extremely heavy. IMO it would be best suited for riding in snow when the streets haven't been plowed. A robust frame for sure.
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