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Gary Fisher Aquila Rigid 1993

Old 03-25-13, 09:22 AM
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Gary Fisher Aquila Rigid 1993

Looks to be well kept by the cell pics. I have tried to find accurate info as to the groups.
I see 500LX or Exage LT/ES listed. Tange Cro-Mo tubes and Cro-Mo fork.

I believe the 1993 date is correct. Trek bought them this year but I think they were still "GF" bikes until the 1994 models.
Does anyone have anything to share on this guy?

Want to know if I would be crazy to fork over the $200 for this one. I have not seen/ridden it yet.

What is it worth, please?

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Old 03-25-13, 04:32 PM
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Yeah, $200 is way too much. Maybe $75 in that condition.

Those look like Deore 7S thumb shifters, which are really nice. If I could get the bike for the right price I would buy it just for those shifters. But I would not come anywhere near $200.
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Old 03-25-13, 05:05 PM
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I sold a tan GF Aquila exactly two years ago for $200, overhauled and ready to ride in Michigan. I've sold a fair number of mid level rigid 1990's MTBS such as Bianchi Osprey, Trek 850's, Trek 930's, Rockhoppers, and GF Wahoo right in the $180-$225 range. There is a lot of life left in these bikes and they only require a little patience to sell. Best niche are the 17" and up frame sizes.

The OP's bike looks nice cosmetically, but has it been overhauled?
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Old 03-25-13, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
I sold a tan GF Aquila exactly two years ago for $200, overhauled and ready to ride in Michigan. I've sold a fair number of mid level rigid 1990's MTBS such as Bianchi Osprey, Trek 850's, Trek 930's, Rockhoppers, and GF Wahoo right in the $180-$225 range. There is a lot of life left in these bikes and they only require a little patience to sell. Best niche are the 17" and up frame sizes.

The OP's bike looks nice cosmetically, but has it been overhauled?
No, I think it is dead stock and untouched. I have no problem overhauling bikes myself of this era.
I sure would like to know where to find a mid-level MTB for $75! All I see for $100 to $150 is old 70's junk and Mart specials.

Not sure I know what to do at this point. Been looking for a few months and all I see is lots of over priced junk.
Do the good bikes start peeking out in the spring? Thank you for everyone's comments.
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Old 03-25-13, 05:37 PM
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There are plenty of threads in C&V on how to find bikes. Where are you located?
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Old 03-25-13, 05:53 PM
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Been looking in ATL c-list for the 2 months. Start to wonder if the flea market or garage sales would actually be worth it.
I sometimes like the thrill of the hunt but then I think of the gas/car expenses.

I think the owner is firm on the 2 bills.
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Old 03-26-13, 05:10 AM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Earlier this year, someone posted a super sweet early Trek 850 on Atlanta C/L for $125. In the early years, the 850 was a great bike. In later years, not so much.

If you want to pick up a deal on an active C/L like Atlanta/s, you better be ready and willing to move fast, lightning fast. There are enough knowledgeable pickers in a market as large as Atlanta you will be competing against.

And consider Chattanooga, Macon, Birmingham, etc. Finally, ads without pictures and sketchy details if any can be the best deals. Perfect ads, with great pics and details are usually for bikes being sold for market value or higher.

Not the deal of the century for sure, but this Bridgestone for $130 looks nice.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/3702361906.html


One trick I have used on large city C/Ls is look back five or even ten pages. Most buyers are L A Z Y, and only look at the first page, maybe the first couple. While a lot of the older listings are just lazy sellers who neglected to pull down their ads, sometimes they are not. And by the time you contact that seller, you may have no competition and the seller is motivated.
All great points and strategizes I have used for years. Been selling and buy all sorts of items for over 5 years, enjoyed it and have had a lot of success. I do run into bikes that look promising but then the frame size is either too large or too small such as the one Bridgestone that has been sitting. Funny to me to see the same item with the same desc/pics/price keep coming up by the seller for months. I have a target and lower the price until it goes out the door. I have moved over 5k worth of stuff for an out of work friend in 6 months, lot of smaller tranactions. It is more difficult with bikes as the sellers do not know model names nor frame sizes. I contacted one guy and sent a simple picture to show how to measure the frame and he said he would rather put the bike in the trash than to go to "all that trouble".

Sometimes it is a good thing for a buyer if the seller has not spent a little time to look something up, but it can also be a pain to the buyer trying to get info. Gas prices and time stop me from just 'going to see' only to find out it is an older Huffy...

Great discussion but suppose it needs to come down to whether I think it is worth it to cut the time/energy on the search, pay a premium and be done with it. Maybe something else will come up that I can rebuild to sell to make up the value difference.
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So I got to see and ride the GF bike. It was not quite in the condition I thought it would be in so it is still with it's current owner.
It did ride quite nice though. Better than anything else I have ridden lately. That includes a few Rockhoppers, a Trek 970 and a Trek 730.
Also rode two 1 year old Trek MTB's. One was a $1300 29'er and the other a $450 26'er. Both with front suspensions. I can see that they could be something out on a trail but for the 90% road I do they would be a waste of money and energy. Pretty nice but I prefer quality 90's steel I suppose.
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