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Old 10-03-18, 01:55 AM
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Advice needed on purchasing first MTB

Hi Guys,

Need some advice from bosses here, i am looking at getting my first MTB. Currently interested in getting a second hand Merida big seven 2016 xt edition at SGD$800. Would like to know if it is worth to buy or i can get something else?

Thank you.
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Old 10-03-18, 10:22 AM
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No way to tell. Could be the deal of a lifetime or a complete robbery. Depends on the actual bike.

If you don't know enough about bikes in general and this bike in particular to make the call yourself, either find someone local you can trust and him/her inspect the bike, or pass. MTBs in particular get used hard sometimes. Generally they are built for it, but the more abuse, the shorter the life span---and the greater chance the bike will break when You are pushing it hard, leaving you either walking or lying in the dirt.

if you don't know a good amount about bikes, buying used is risky and buying used MTBs more so. it Can work out---I got my Cannondale Rize used, and it is great---but you have to really know your stuff or it is just a gamble.
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Old 10-05-18, 03:15 AM
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As Maelochs says there is a risk unless you're buying it 2nd hand from a bike shop which is what I did and it came with a months warranty .... worth the extra 50 for the peace of mind but still nearly half the cost of a new one.

As a general rule of thumb a 2nd hand bike is worth approx 60% + or - of it's new value depending on age / condition.
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What are you planning to do with it?

There is a huge range of activities that people commonly lump together as "mountain biking". The way that you picture yourself using your new bike can be a major factor in the suitability of what kind of bike will suit you.
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You have to be able to also judge the wear and tear on a used bike
and get your head around
that as an additional cost, .. buying new parts to replace the worn used ones ..

Blind guesses, from a online forum is no help, then.






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I bought a $900 specialized 29er for $60
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Originally Posted by AtNjineer View Post
I bought a $900 specialized 29er for $60
That's less than 60%

Friend managed to pick up a 1500 Kona 29er for 180 ... it was 1 1/2 yrs old and the guy advertised it as never used, he went to look at it and it still had the wrapping on it ... the owner had bought it with the intention of getting fit and never even rode it round the block.

I never manage to find the deals like that
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
That's less than 60%

Friend managed to pick up a 1500 Kona 29er for 180 ... it was 1 1/2 yrs old and the guy advertised it as never used, he went to look at it and it still had the wrapping on it ... the owner had bought it with the intention of getting fit and never even rode it round the block.

I never manage to find the deals like that
Even at that, the bike still has to fit you and to fit your intended use. If you are uncomfortable using it, it's not a good deal.
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Even at that, the bike still has to fit you and to fit your intended use. If you are uncomfortable using it, it's not a good deal.
He was able to go and look at the bike and make sure it was the right size and check that it was actually a mountain bike as advertised (which he'd been looking for ... for a while) before he parted with his cash .... so I think it probably was a pretty good deal unless you can see any pitfalls with any of that.
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Even at that, the bike still has to fit you and to fit your intended use. If you are uncomfortable using it, it's not a good deal.
Unless it "fell off a truck" you should grab that bike even if it doesn't fit. The profit you get reselling it would pay for a nice bike.
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Unless it "fell off a truck" you should grab that bike even if it doesn't fit. The profit you get reselling it would pay for a nice bike.
Totally agree and the guy had the receipt from when he'd purchased it so my friend knew it was genuine but some people in forums just like to find the negative in everything
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