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HELP with buying Used Jamis 24" Fester SX this weekend

Old 09-27-16, 07:47 AM
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HELP with buying Used Jamis 24" Fester SX this weekend

I am looking for some quick help on purchasing a used Jamis 24" Fester SX off Craigslist for my son. The ad states it is all original, looks to be in good shape, and the seller states its only 5 years old. He is asking $150.


The issue I have is that I think the Fester was only made in 2006-2007. I tried to find it in Jamis's catalogs but the 2006-2007 pictures of the Fester do not match the pictures of the Fester SX being sold on Craigslist. The stickers are different, different front suspension and a Schwinn seat on the Craigslist bike.


Could someone take a look at it on Craigslist and help me identify the year of the bike, if this bike might have had parts replaced and if it is worth $150? A new 2016 Jamis X24 is $350 so $150 seems like a decent deal but there is just something off with this bike or I am missing something. Thanks.


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Old 09-27-16, 09:09 AM
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$150 sounds kind of high. Here's the prices BicycleBlueBook.com shows for a 2007. Not sure if its the same or comparable bike.
https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/sear....aspx?id=16520
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Old 09-27-16, 10:53 AM
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The price may be high but what else can you get with 24" wheels, that clean at $150.00?

With that said, I hate sellers that put keywords in their ads that have nothing to do with the bike.

"Cannondale, Giant, Specialized, Scott, Fuji, Felt"
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
The price may be high but what else can you get with 24" wheels, that clean at $150.00?

With that said, I hate sellers that put keywords in their ads that have nothing to do with the bike.

"Cannondale, Giant, Specialized, Scott, Fuji, Felt"


There is not much out there used right now for a 24" bike. I am not in a time crunch as I wont need something until next spring / summer as my son's 20" Jamis Laser still fits him. I just saw this 24" online and thought it looked pretty clean and nice.


I would also look at the Diamondback Octane 24 ($180 2016, $225 2017) much better than $350 for a new Trek, Jamis or Giant. I am not against spending $350 for a new Jamis 24" but if the one above was a decent deal for $150 I would jump on it. I just cant date it or tell if this is a pieced together bike as it really is different than the 2006-2007 Jamis Fester SX.
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Old 09-27-16, 11:56 AM
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I would never pay 40-50% of retail for a used 10 year old bike and I don't know anyone who would.
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This was originally posted a month ago and he hasn't sold it for $150 for the past month (assuming that's what he'd been asking). I doubt he's expecting that and, at this point, wondering if he'd ever sell it. Plus, it's starting to be out of biking season. Offer him something fair to both of you.

I've only purchased one bike from CL. The guy wanted $200, the blue book value was $100 or $125, it was very clean and in perfect riding condition. I was gracious with him and offered $140, which he agreed to as being fair and probably what he really wanted anyway. We decided on the price before I got there, as long as the bike was as described (it was). Otherwise, he might have held onto the bike for another month or more holding out for $50 that he probably wouldn't have gotten.
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Originally Posted by RECfromPA View Post
This was originally posted a month ago and he hasn't sold it for $150 for the past month (assuming that's what he'd been asking). I doubt he's expecting that and, at this point, wondering if he'd ever sell it. Plus, it's starting to be out of biking season. Offer him something fair to both of you.

I've only purchased one bike from CL. The guy wanted $200, the blue book value was $100 or $125, it was very clean and in perfect riding condition. I was gracious with him and offered $140, which he agreed to as being fair and probably what he really wanted anyway. We decided on the price before I got there, as long as the bike was as described (it was). Otherwise, he might have held onto the bike for another month or more holding out for $50 that he probably wouldn't have gotten.
Good points. Asking price is one thing, selling price is something else. If you want to get the best possible price you have to be prepared to walk away without regrets

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