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Old 08-16-11, 05:13 PM
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90's era mountain bike

Picked up a older mountain bike yesterday that was made in the 90's era. It is a GT Terra Outpost and from my findings was made prior to company closing. On the downtube it has "allGTterra" and the top post states "outpost". While checking it out the fd and rd worked fine and the shimano sis index shifters worked ok. The only problem I found was a wobble in the back wheel so not sure if it's bent or out of true. The tires were pumped up and still holding air this morning, and looks to be in excellent shape but the pads were dried since it was in storage for many years.

I still purchased from seller for $35 and took to my local bike shop for a tune up and get idea of what they could do with the wobble rim.

Once this bike is back in good mechancial order I would suspect that the value would be around $150? I will take pictures when I get back from shop. They are running 2 weeks behind but I bought this to be my winter ride anyways.
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GT's are nice bikes. Yours is pretty low end in their line up, but still a solid bike. I have an older Outpost with studs and fenders and fixed gear that is my snow bike.

Value? Probably not much. Few old MTBs are really worth anything. As a rider, its worth what it is to you. As something to sell, I suspect the tune-up fee at the LBS will have priced you out of the market already.

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Depends on your market. Around here, in pristine, ready to ride condition, $100 +/-. Few MTBs will bring $150, and this is not one of them.

Now as the utility for the price paid, vintage MTBs continue to be the best value out there.
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Old 08-16-11, 07:34 PM
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I regularly watch the Roanoke craigslist. Most bikes like the one you describe don't seem to sell incredibly well. The ones that do don't seem to be priced very high. I think you have a great bike for general purposes. If you use it to great effect, you won't have to think of it's monetary worth so much because you're getting as much out of it as possible. If you're trying to sell it.... I think the others have that covered pretty well.
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Originally Posted by jgedwa View Post
Value? Probably not much. Few old MTBs are really worth anything. As a rider, its worth what it is to you. As something to sell, I suspect the tune-up fee at the LBS will have priced you out of the market already.
Definitely. I've got around $300 in my GT Pantera, and $300 in my Barracuda A2E. Everything I bought was at very good prices (Like a $680 wheelset for $80 on the GT) yet I don't think I could manage to break even if I sold either one.
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Old 08-16-11, 08:26 PM
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I can sell older MTBs with street tires for about $120-140 to college kids. Make great commuters. Orange County CA is a good bike market. Last one I sold was a Diamondback Sorrento in very good shape. Went for $125.
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Old 08-17-11, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by 20grit View Post
I regularly watch the Roanoke craigslist. Most bikes like the one you describe don't seem to sell incredibly well. The ones that do don't seem to be priced very high. I think you have a great bike for general purposes. If you use it to great effect, you won't have to think of it's monetary worth so much because you're getting as much out of it as possible. If you're trying to sell it.... I think the others have that covered pretty well.
Yeah, that is where I found this bike. I did find my 2009 Trek 7.3FX on the Lychburg Craigslist for $400 in 2010 so you may want to check that one from time to time. I paid $35 for the GT and if it cost $50 to fix up then I'd be happy. I mainly purchased to ride in bad weather so I doubt I would be using it more than my Trek commuter.

Atleast it sounds like after tune up if I decided to sell I should be able to break even if I found a buyer. My research on google lead me to believe these were maybe more rare and had a higher value due to being built by Gary Turner before company sold to Pacific.

Appreciate all replies.
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Old 08-17-11, 02:42 PM
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These were not built by Gary Turner. They were built in Taiwan along with about a bazillion other Outposts. I don"t think Gary Turner built any frames himself after about 1985 or so.... But I could be wrong.
If you ride it for a winter without putting any more money into it then you'll have gotten your money's worth.
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Well, I got the bike back from the shop and after a $60 tune up including brakes and straighting the back wheel it rides very nice. I was thinking about selling but since I have $95 in this bike I may keep for awhile. The Shimano SIS index shifters work great and the shop did excellent on tune up. May just hold onto this bike and use it to teach my 10 year old on how to shift gears once he is ready.

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Old 08-27-11, 11:39 AM
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OP,

Just sold a very clean example of this bike for $150 (except mine was green). Sold in a few hours.

YMMV
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