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Old 07-06-12, 05:23 PM
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Schwinn MOAB?

Hey, guys.

I know this bike isn't classic or vintage, but the other boards aren't really helping me any and I know y'all are reliable. (Plus, I'm in my comfort zone in this board. )

Anyways, what's the word on this bike? My brother asked me if I knew anything, but I'm just as lost as he is.
How much would be too much if paying for this'n?

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Old 07-06-12, 08:25 PM
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They were considered good solid bikes back in the day. I remember an early issue of Dirt Rag saying the Moab 1 Disc was the screamingest deal out there, at about 850 bones new. Tragically, or fortunately depending which side of things you're on, the used steel MTB market is for crap. Much over 250 and I'd walk away from it.
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So for 65 bucks it wouldn't be that bad a deal, eh?


Also, I believe it's a 1999 MOAB 3; the seller said the frame is 48" and the tires are 26".
I don't exactly know how accurate that is, but it's the info I got.
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Not bad at all for $65. Here are the 1999 Moab 3 catalog page, specs, and geometry.





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Hm. It actually sounds pretty good--especially for little backwoods trails.

What would you recommend to, kind of, give it a little road bike flair?
I'm thinking a handlebar conversion, but at the same time, I kind of like what's currently on it..?
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Old 07-07-12, 03:02 PM
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If it functions, $65 would make it worth getting. My first non-bike-shaped-object was a steel Moab. I still have it, but I couldn't begin to ride the thing anymore. I just can't bring myself to part with it.
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Here's what I posted in your other thread-


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the word is "meh".

Ok, fine. It's a great entry level bike. By the time your skills and hammering are limited by that bike you'll have enough saved up to buy a better bike. It's nothing all that special, but it's good to go.
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$65 is a good price if it's in good shape, but you want to convert it into a road bike? I can think of better candidates than a late-90's aluminium framed front suspension bike...
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I have a MOAB 1. It's a great bike. It's my main Mountain bike. I got it from a friend. I think the only difference between the differerent models was the component groups. Mine is pretty light for a mountain bike.
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$65 is a good price if it's in good shape, but you want to convert it into a road bike? I can think of better candidates than a late-90's aluminium framed front suspension bike...
I don't necessarily want to convert it into a road bike.. I think all I really want to do is convert the handlebars. I'm basically just looking for a bike that I can hit trails with.

I like the look and feel of C and V's more than the newer looking bikes, but this was readily available and I began considering it.

What would you suggest I look for instead? I'm definitely open to all sorts of suggestions.

Edit: By the way, I'm a college student, so I can't be spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on something.

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That's a tough but super lightweight frame. The only thing weighing it down is the suspension fork. $65 is a good deal, other sellers are asking $200+ around the country. Here's the incomplete Moab I got for a case of beer two years ago. Still haven't built it out.


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So if I wind up with the bike, should I get a new fork?
Or would putting money into it be a bad idea?
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I see the seller is asking $100, if it's rideable, it's not out of line. Good luck!

If you do a lot of trail riding, don't make the change. On the other hand, if you're on asphalt all the time, with fat tires, who needs a spring?

I am looking online for a used or new rigid fork for a lugged steel Trek 930 frame I bought, and as the frame cost me $60, a fork at $50-$80, including shipping, seems expensive. If there is a bike coop near you, maybe you can find one cheap.

If I were on a student budget, I'd save the dough, as you're halfway to a decent starter C&V road bike.

This thread should be on the appraisal thread, but probably too late to move.

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That's a tough but super lightweight frame. The only thing weighing it down is the suspension fork. $65 is a good deal, other sellers are asking $200+ around the country. Here's the incomplete Moab I got for a case of beer two years ago. Still haven't built it out.

I like this; a bike that is worth its weight in beer
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I like this; a bike that is worth its weight in beer
Putting it that way, the OP will be 3-4 cases or a 1/2 keg ahead if he doesn't get a new fork!
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Acera? Alivio? Aluminum frame with a possibly beat-up suspension fork that you're considering swapping out?

I would definitely find a different bike, I think it would be bad money to buy that to sink any money into it. You can find nicer older steel frame mtbs for not a whole lot of money. Why not just look for an 80s road bike or even a 90s steel framed hybrid? Sounds like that's more what you're looking for and buy the time you spend money on 'upgrades' to that schwinn, you'd probably have spent about that much, and you probably wouldn't be able to recoup the costs by selling it eventually when you do get a different bike.
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I dunno, I'd ride a century a week on a Moab with drop bars and HP slicks before I'd think of throwing my leg over a Varsity. Love it for what it is instead of hating it for what it's not.
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It's just that the time and money to convert the bike would be wasted versus just buying the "right" bike to begin with. The Moab has suspension-ready geometry, you would need to find a rigid fork with the same geometry. Then you need a new stem, bar, brake levers, bar-end shifters, a full cable kit, and bar tape. Unless you have an extensive parts bin or incredible patience to track down used parts, it just isn't worth it.
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