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Old 10-13-15, 10:15 PM
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Help. I'm new

I'm looking to get into riding. Found a bike on craigslist, a mongoose sx 6.5. Guy says its not a Walmart bike and doesn't know the year. Anyway to tell? He wants $125 for it.
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Old 10-13-15, 10:31 PM
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that is a walmart bike. here's a link you can look it up. although manufacturer change designs all the time but not the name:
Bicycle Value Guide

$125 for a low end used bike that might need tires and all kinds of adjustments to get it running isn't a deal.
Tell him you want to test drive and make sure the gears shift and brakes work, then offer 75$.

one other problem your going to have it making sure the fit is ok. The size needs to be right, seat height, handle bar position etc to make sure your not straining yourself.

If your in a big metro area there might be some kind of coop that sells used bikes and helps you set it up.
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Old 10-13-15, 10:36 PM
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Bikepedia is a pretty decent source for general info. They list only one year for a Mongoose SX 6.5 (1998), and it looks like it was a fairly decent entry-level mountain bike. A notch above department store stuff, but not high end. MSRP when new was $505. Value now would depend a LOT on condition, including the shape of the suspension fork. (And a nearly 20-year-old entry level fork is probably not in ideal shape.)

$125 doesn't seem excessive if in very good condition, but it's not the bargain of the century, either. And the price could very well go lower since there's a department store stigma to the Mongoose name nowadays.

1998 Mongoose DX 6.5 - BikePedia

OK, with info about that particular bike aside... You'll need a bike that fits. Bikes come in different frame sizes. Sort of like shoes, a bike that's the wrong size, no matter how cheap, is NOT a bargain. How tall are you? You'll also want a bike that fits what you want to do. Since you're looking at a mountain bike, are you looking to ride trails? What kind of riding do you intend to do?

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Old 10-13-15, 10:48 PM
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Thanks for the input. I've ridden a few bikes the last few weeks so I know about what size I need. I'm 5'6 and a 16-17 in. Frame seems to be about where I land. I have every intention of looking and riding the bike before I buy.

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Old 10-13-15, 10:51 PM
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Here is a link to the bike. Mongoose Hybrid Bicycle - 26" Wheels - 24 Speeds - Front Suspension
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Out of curiosity, what led you to this bike specifically? Price? Color? Size? Since information on that model is so difficult to find (the DX is not the same bike and the only SX I can find is a 1999 SX 4.5), it implies that it may be a department store type bike. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not always high quality. The CL ad doesn't specify anything about the components except "Very Good Components". My rule of thumb is, if they can't even read the labels off their own bike to make the posting, they either know nothing (and their evaluation of "very good" might be totally wrong) or they can't be bothered to look. Also, he's calling it a "hybrid". That is a fairly generic, late 90's mountain bike, not a hybrid. In short, I find it difficult to trust the seller's information purely based upon the Craigslist ad.

If it were me, I'd do like others have said - check it out in person. If everything works smoothly, the tires aren't worn out, and doesn't need a lot of work, offer $75. I wouldn't pay $150 for a generic, 15+ year old mountain bike. There are literally dozens of competing manufacturers from that time period, many more reputable than Mongoose. Unless there's something very specific you like about this particular bike, for $150 you should be able to easily find at least a few hundred comparable (or better) rides at that price from that time period.

Now, if it's in stellar shape and you have a particular affection for the brand, color, components, or styling, then you might be willing to pay more than I would. Perhaps to you, it's worth the $150. I'd bet the seller is willing to go down on the price at least a little though.

My $0.02.

-Kent W.
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Old 10-14-15, 10:12 AM
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Thanks for the input. It's mostly price point. I'm willing to give $100 for the bike. I've been looking for weeks for used bikes in the 100-200 range. I need a cheap bike to see how serious i am going to be about riding. Unfortunately not knowing a damn thing about bikes make it very difficult
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