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Old 12-19-17, 07:13 PM
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Kona Pahoehoe

Hello,

I am trying to find a cheap mountain bike in the meantime to hit up my local trails, small jumps, and possibly just around town.

The trails are fairly easy, nothing crazy.

Is this a good deal? good bike? I can't seem to find anything on the bike.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/bik...405679368.html
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Old 12-19-17, 07:30 PM
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Or would this one be better?

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/bik...426260210.html

I prefer the lockout feature but It won't bother me if it doesn't since I do plan to upgrade a few years from now. Assuming I really enjoy the whole mountain bike scene. I currently commute in a hybrid.
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the kona

it looks like the shock is good from the pics if it is no good a deal breaker

it has been upgraded

https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/sear....aspx?id=45906
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Old 12-20-17, 12:06 AM
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Or this one

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/6431524042.html
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I'd get the 2014 Rockhopper--it's 10 years newer even with that scratch. It's even got disc brakes vs rim brakes like on the Kona.
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Again, make sure the front suspension works on both bikes. Some of those CL sellers don't care much about bikes. They just sell them.
TONS on CL in the Bay. Keep looking!
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Thank you all for the advice.

Honestly, I don't know how or what to check on the fork.

Any hints?
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Old 12-21-17, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by emanuel_v19 View Post
Thank you all for the advice.

Honestly, I don't know how or what to check on the fork.

Any hints?
It all depends on the type of fork. If it's an air type, check to make sure it holds the air inside. Check seals for any fluid leaks too. If it's spring and/or elastomers, check that the rebound is still good. Elastomers die out after some years. Specially if a bike is left outside in the elements.
I'm no expert so I'm sure someone else here has better tips.
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If I was looking for my first mtb it'd be some kind of hardtail 29er with hydraulic disc brakes and a 3x9 (27 speed) transmission. Nothing against anything else but something with those specs will be a great everything bike. Bonus if the previous owner removed the 42/44 large chain ring and installed a bashguard.

I'd make sure to get an mtb with a tapered front fork, that will give you plenty of upgrade options over the most likely cruddy, but functional, Suntour fork.

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