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Old 02-15-10, 07:58 PM   #1
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Oh C&V sages, what should I do? The parts bin is running low.

I know they are not highly sought after road bikes, but I have two classic early 90's mtb frames. One is a Specialized Hardrock, and the other a Parkpre Comp Limited. Both are steel and both are a bit on the rough side. I even had a split tube on the chainstay repaired on the Parkpre (helps to have a brother who can weld both mig and tig). My question is what now should I do with these frames? Put them on Ebay or CL as is, rattle can them and build them up with lower level parts, or go for powdercoating and hang nicer parts on them. I really need another project like I need another hole in the head and the spare parts cupboard is almost bare.

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Old 02-15-10, 08:43 PM   #2
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Around here, you would never get the cost of a powder coat out of either of them. I occasionally pick up a MTB donor, and then pick up a decent MTB frame to mount the parts on. Picked up a Fisher Wahoo framset last week for this purpose. It will replace the damaged frame on an otherwise nice Univega I picked up at a thrift store. Buyers are attracted to Specialized, Trek, Gary Fisher and a couple of other brands.

My basic rule on a MTB is that if the frame is not pristine, it becomes a donor. Just not enough value to MTBs to mess around with a rough frame.

So I would offer them up on C/L or donate to your favorite co-op or thrift store.
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My basic rule on a MTB is that if the frame is not pristine, it becomes a donor. Just not enough value to MTBs to mess around with a rough frame.
+1

And, around here if you hang a mtb triple drivetrain on an old 10 speed (especially a small one), they sell like hot cakes. Much bigger margin that way, for sure.

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My basic rule on a MTB is that if the frame is not pristine, it becomes a donor. Just not enough value to MTBs to mess around with a rough frame.

So I would offer them up on C/L or donate to your favorite co-op or thrift store.
It's surprising that C & V dedicated touring bikes usually go for a small fortune and yet perfectly reasonable MTB frames, which can often become pretty decent tourers, are worth next to nothing.
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