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Old 02-24-15, 02:21 PM
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Vintage MTB? Is this a good deal?

Buddy of mine is looking at this 21" Specialized is this a vintage bike and is it a good deal? Looks like it has Shimano Acera rear derailleur. Specialized Hardtail Mountain Bike
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Old 02-24-15, 02:23 PM
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Old 02-24-15, 02:39 PM
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For a rider yes, for a flip no. Not desirable for a drop bar touring conversion either, due to sprung fork. Check the front shock to make sure it works.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
For a rider yes, for a flip no. Not desirable for a drop bar touring conversion either, due to sprung fork. Check the front shock to make sure it works.
Yea its not for a flip, my buddy looking for his first good quality bike. Mainly for exercise and a little off road.
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Old 02-24-15, 03:13 PM
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Thanks Flyboy for helping me out here. I enjoy riding but currently im riding a cheap bike I got from a friend. I've been told that a better bike would make it much more enjoyable.
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there has to be a good option that is less than 300mi away from you...
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Old 02-24-15, 03:48 PM
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I have a similar bike, a year older. It's solid enough. I'm sort of confused by this one, as it seems to have a slightly nicer fork but lower-spec drivetrain than it should. It's a large size frame, so consider that too.
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Old 02-24-15, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Be sure to put slick tires on it if you ride it on the street. The choice of tires makes all the difference in enjoyment. Knobbies are a LOT MORE work to ride on the road: heavy, noisy, inefficient. I see neighbors all the time struggling with mtbs on pavement.

As far as the price, $200 is on the strong side given relatively basic components and suspension fork. With older mtbs with suspensions, you have to watch for worn out parts, as they weren't that durable. One advantage to a rigid fork MTB is it is a lot harder to wear out a rigid fork, and the damage then would be obvious.
+ 1. Get a mtb with a rigid fork and go for slick tires. It will make for a better riding bike and you won't have to deal with mechanical issues with a front suspension fork. You can do better price wise than this bike at $200.
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Old 02-24-15, 06:23 PM
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Appreciate the input. I pretty much know nothing at this point so this really helps.

To be honest there are really no bikes for sale in my area that I can find. Dallas has way more for a better price. Since Flyboy718 and I get together every couple months anyway I figure he can grab me a better bike for a better price in Dallas.
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Old 02-24-15, 07:31 PM
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Look for (all rigid fork only):

Trek 850, 930, 950, 970, 990 (800,820, 830 are not as nice)
Specialized Rockhopper (Hardrock is not as nice)
Schwinn PDG (rare, I have a PDG70 for one of my commuters)
Schwinn Cimarron, High Sierra (Sierra is not as nice)
Giant Iguana

SR, Bianchi, Nishiki, Miyata and many others are also good.

This one is a good buy if it is your size:
https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/bik/4847290878.html

This one is 2X what it would should be:
https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/bik/4846445550.html
A lugged frame 900 series is more desired than the later TIG welded versions, and if this one were lugged, it is still at the very high end of the price window.

If this one is your size, I would test ride and dicker a bit.
https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/bik/4885260641.html

If this one is your size, I would test ride and dicker a bit.
https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/bik/4881566987.html

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Old 02-24-15, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by nfmisso View Post
Look for (all rigid fork only):

If this one is your size, I would test ride and dicker a bit.
26" Specialized Rockhopper Adult bike
Seems like a nice enough bike, and they say "Everything works perfect". Yet the rear brake cable housing is hanging out of the brake lever, and the cable is loose in the shot of the top tube. Definitely a bargaining point there, but "price is firm".
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Old 02-24-15, 09:50 PM
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51cm '88 Giant Iguana Mountain Bike

Are these decent?
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Old 02-24-15, 09:55 PM
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Looks pretty beat for the price.
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Old 02-24-15, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by mtalbert View Post
Not bad for $75- They are roughly equivalent to a Schwinn Sierra - both were made by Giant.
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