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mr9194 07-04-12 11:03 AM

Trying to learn about my new bike
 
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I recently got this bike and have been told by multiple people that it may be worth something. I'm not very knowledgeable about bikes, so I was wondering if I can get some help in learning everything I can about it. Sorry if this is posted in the wrong area.

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KonAaron Snake 07-04-12 11:11 AM

Looks like a Gary Fisher Paragon to me...there's one abandoned on my commuter rack I've been debating how to liberate. They were upper mid-level MTBs...depending on the year. Yours looks older, mid/late-90s. It isn't terribly valuable, depending on your definition of valuable. $300 max, and I think yould have a hard time finding a buyer. $200 is more likely.

Its value as a rider depends on what you want to do with it. If this is a commuting bike...city bike, etc., I'd change over to different tires - not knobbies - and ideally I'd replace the fork. Older suspension forks are heavy and waste a lot of energy. If it locks out, I'd lock it out.

Savagewolf 07-04-12 11:11 AM

Can't tell you much about it myself, I'm a newby when it comes to C&V, but you might of had more luck in the C&V Value forum, one below this one.

mr9194 07-04-12 11:32 AM


Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake (Post 14439397)
Looks like a Gary Fisher Paragon to me...there's one abandoned on my commuter rack I've been debating how to liberate. They were upper mid-level MTBs...depending on the year. Yours looks older, mid/late-90s. It isn't terribly valuable, depending on your definition of valuable. $300 max, and I think yould have a hard time finding a buyer. $200 is more likely.

Its value as a rider depends on what you want to do with it. If this is a commuting bike...city bike, etc., I'd change over to different tires - not knobbies - and ideally I'd replace the fork. Older suspension forks are heavy and waste a lot of energy. If it locks out, I'd lock it out.

What kind of tires would you recommend I use instead and you think you could link me to a good place to purchase them? I use it for commuting both on a college campus and in a city so anything to make it more efficient would be great.

KonAaron Snake 07-04-12 11:37 AM

mr - it really depends on your budget...I use Schwalbe Marathons, 26 x 1.5, on my commuter MTB, but they can be spendy. Panaracer Paselas make nice urban commuter tires for MTBs (I don't like them for road bikes, but I do for MTBs) and they're a little less expensive. Anything without knobbies are going to be an improvement...so if you want to go cheap, just go to your Performance shop and get their Forte brand.

Prices and discounts on tires change daily - just run a google search and look for the best price that day.

Vefer 07-04-12 11:42 AM

I have a set of these on my mountain bike that I use in the city and gravel trails. They roll SO much easier than knobbies and they have an extra belt for flat protection.
http://www.rei.com/product/724622/se...y-tire-26-x-20

They also have them in a 1 1.5 with if you want something narrower for even less rolling resistance.

CardiacKid 07-04-12 12:13 PM

It appears to be a Gary Fisher Marlin from around 2003. Prior to 1999 this model had a rigid chromoly frame set. Since this is clearly aluminum with a front shock it's only real value is as transportation. In that regard it is pretty good. I used to have a 2004 Tassajara, which was one model up from the Marlin. It was a nice bike. Yours is probably worth about $150 around here.


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