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Old 07-02-13, 05:18 PM
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I would like some opinions please

If this not allowed let me know and ill delete the posts. Ive sat on all three of these bikes. I like them all and they all seem to be in good working order. I don't know jack about the brands of componets. Can anyone tell me what the best bike for the money is of these three?

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/3905528975.html
https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/3898617174.html
https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/3883990372.html

Any help is very appreciated. I know you cant see the componets on all these. The hard rock is in the best shape.
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Old 07-02-13, 05:22 PM
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Old 07-02-13, 05:29 PM
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First one, just looks abused to me. Poster can't even pump up the rear tire for the picture? No mention of size so why bother with a bike if you are not sure if it fits?

Second one mentions size and looks nice, well maintained. Not to mention the threadless stem means it's more than likely a new model than the third one. Also has v brakes whereas the third bike has cantilever, old style mid 90's mtb brakes.

If for some reason you have to change the stem on the third bike, good luck finding a quill style stem that fits.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
First one, just looks abused to me. Poster can't even pump up the rear tire for the picture? No mention of size so why bother with a bike if you are not sure if it fits?

Second one mentions size and looks nice, well maintained. Not to mention the threadless stem means it's more than likely a new model than the third one. Also has v brakes whereas the third bike has cantilever, old style mid 90's mtb brakes.

If for some reason you have to change the stem on the third bike, good luck finding a quill style stem that fits.
Thank you very much..you just confirmed what I thought. They all fit there all a 19 inch. The hardrock belongs to a older couple too. It has very minimal wear on it..
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Old 07-02-13, 05:54 PM
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First bike might be the best deal or the worst. You need to check the suspension fork. Some folks know how to jury rig it for one or two rides or use the lock out. But it's leaking and you'll need lots of service and more money to get the service kit to rebuild that fork. Also, they had no pics of the drive side. It's critical to show the drive side unless they're doing some type of bait/switch. So be careful. But if you know what you're looking for, that might be a decent deal.

The second bike has the same issue. No drive side pics. Can't tell what the condition of the drive train is. Again, be careful for the bait/switch.

The last Giant Yukon provides the most pics and information. Still, none of the prices are what I'd really go for.

I'd recommend patience and keep a watchful eye. I picked up Trek 970 with suspension and upgraded Deore XT drive train from some guy out in the boonies north of Santa Rosa for $90 after keeping a watchful eye for more than a month. I also picked up a tall framed black 1993 Bridgestone MB5 for $100 that came with extra tires, spanking new from some dude in Santa Cruz, but I was the first to email him and And I picked up a 1994 Bridgestone MB-3 for $130 in pretty decent condition w/ suspension down in Morgan Hill, CA, again, the first caller and keeping a watchful eye on craigslist. But I had gone 4 months on craigslist with nothing much until I saw these in a cluster less than a week apart.
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Nothing wrong with those older Giant Yukons. I had one for a while that I turned into a commuter and flipped. It was a nice riding bike, tough, and absolutely no problem to find parts for, including stems. I still think the Hardrock is a better deal, but if you don't get it, don't rule out the Yukon. You didn't say what your intended use of the bike was, but unless you are going off roading and need the suspension, used suspension forks can be problematic, expensive to replace if they cannot be rebuilt, and add unnecessary weight for pavement and packed trail riding. If you are going gravel grinding or off road you may want a suspension fork, but make sure it is in good working order and rebuildable.
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Originally Posted by freeagent1970 View Post
Thank you very much..you just confirmed what I thought. They all fit there all a 19 inch. The hardrock belongs to a older couple too. It has very minimal wear on it..
Last one is a 20 inch, not sure if that would matter depending on if you're on the high or low side of a 19 inch.

IF the low side, like I said, you might need a "hard to find" stem .
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What are you looking to do with the bike? Where will you ride? that might help focus responses. The hardrock or the Giant both look good. Don't know what your market is price wise. Gyozadude got some incredible deals for his area (same area as me).
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
What are you looking to do with the bike? Where will you ride? that might help focus responses. The hardrock or the Giant both look good. Don't know what your market is price wise. Gyozadude got some incredible deals for his area (same area as me).
I've been really lucky and I'm also a night owl. Most nights, I'm up until 2am doing some computer software stuff, so on an off chance, if a compile is taking a long time, I just check eBay and CL for deals. And a lot of folks post stuff in the evenings and it gives me a chance to take first stab at it. Not sure if that's true of most CL local listings. But I can say, I've only had one good deal actually in the San Jose area. Okay, maybe two deals. I found a sob story sale on a 1989/90 midyear redux Bridgestone CB-2 where some dude broke up with the GF and was selling this beater. Of course I'd break up with the dude. Dirty chain, potato chipped rear wheel, and lousy super wide biker-spread saddle. What, was the GF a massive hussy or what? Maybe she was insulted by that gargantuan saddle, or was some Super Athena with a "baby got BACK" and emphasis on "BACK." But what decent girl would date a guy who'd keep a classic steel bike like that in such poor condition?

But frame was in great shape. But couldn't be test ridden. A few chips on the paint and some surface rust. But otherwise, totally solid. He wanted $45 for the bike. I gave him $50. Went home, overhauled it. Everything was pretty much in great shape, except the wheels. I got some $10 Alex X202 rims and some old hubs from my stash and rebuilt the wheels for probably less than $40 for the pair. New HG freewheel and Acera V-brakes and Tektro levers, and KMC chain, and it was practically like new. My son was just 10 years old and barely fit. Today, we're shopping for a bigger bike, and he's got the seat post out pretty far. He's 13. For around $150 total, the bike is still awesome. They had a Team Triathlon at my Son's middle school last month. He posted the top time on the Bridgestone CB2 of any cyclist on that segment that included a couple of curbs, grass and sandy/gritty track. And he's only in 7th grade. He smoked an 8th grader in a new $1000+ 29'er aluminum bike with disc brakes who couldn't handle his bike on the curbs with front suspension and all. My son didn't care. For him, it was $50 base price plus some parts built up by good ole Dad! I love CL and the possibilities for good deals you can find. Might be selling the CB2 soon. No room in the garage. Would probably make a great clyde/athena bike. Hand built wheels. 36 spokes rear. 32 front. All steel. But then again, I'm sure one of the scouts in my Troop probably needs one.
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What are you looking to do with the bike? Where will you ride? that might help focus responses. The hardrock or the Giant both look good. Don't know what your market is price wise. Gyozadude got some incredible deals for his area (same area as me).
Sorry I overlooked that. It would be on paved and some light trails. Most of my un-paved stuff is a loose material called chat. It has the same texture as sand but it packs more if that makes sense. Its what was pulled out of the old mines in my area. I wont be jumping or anything like that. This is so I can get back into the sport type of bike. Im 6 foot 2 and about 300 lbs. Im a weird six foot two I mean this by im more torso then leg. I have a 31 inch inseam an the rest is body. Ive seen the hardrock in person. They bought it new..still have the papers with and the owners are in there 60s. The bike still shines nice for a 2001 model. I like the rock hopper because I know there tough but again I don't know a thing about suspension on bikes. The only thing ive ever really worked on Is that I used to build bmx bikes. Ive never messed with derailleurs or anything like that.
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Originally Posted by gyozadude View Post

I'd recommend patience and keep a watchful eye. I picked up Trek 970 with suspension and upgraded Deore XT drive train from some guy out in the boonies north of Santa Rosa for $90 after keeping a watchful eye for more than a month. I also picked up a tall framed black 1993 Bridgestone MB5 for $100 that came with extra tires, spanking new from some dude in Santa Cruz, but I was the first to email him and And I picked up a 1994 Bridgestone MB-3 for $130 in pretty decent condition w/ suspension down in Morgan Hill, CA, again, the first caller and keeping a watchful eye on craigslist. But I had gone 4 months on craigslist with nothing much until I saw these in a cluster less than a week apart.
Ive actually been combing CL for awhile. I don't think my bike community is no where near what you guys in some of the more biker friendly states are. There is a lot of crap on there. I loved a cannodale caad3 m700. Looks very nice well maintained but its a bit short at 17 inch and a little more then I want to spend. I want to ride now and by next spring ill have my pennies put up for a much better scoot.
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I like both of these..this is the cannodale I mentioned earler just to small small https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/3890213860.html
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I like this one too but the guy is 150 miles from me one way https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/3904594286.html
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Get the Hardrock. The suspension fork on the rockhopper is unnecesary and will just be one more thing to break.
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Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
Get the Hardrock. The suspension fork on the rockhopper is unnecesary and will just be one more thing to break.
Thank you for all your helps guys. I did get the hardrock today. 90 dollars in recent receipts. Came with new led light for front and back, new tires and tubs. new cables new grips and a fresh tune up. Rides and shifts great its got all shimano goodies on it
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