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Old 05-09-09, 01:23 PM   #1
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Is this a good Deal - 1997 Specialized old frame nice components

Hi brothas-

I'm new to biking and I'm wondering if this bike is worth getting...

This is a Specialized Ground Control, 1996 or 1997 model I think. I upgraded most of the parts with really nice component groups between '03 and '06. I recently bought a new, smaller bike to fit me better (I'm a short guy). The whole thing weighs in at almost exactly 30 lbs.

Here are the upgraded parts:Mavic Crossland wheelset, XT rear derailleur, LX front derailleur, XT cassette(!!), Race Face chainrings, Deore group chain (I think), XT linear pull brakes, '02 Manitou Skareb front fork (80mm travel), Azonic DW riser handlebar (soaks up vibrations pretty well), Azonic Shorty stem(a really nice, but short one; as I said, this bike is just a tad over my size), Deore trigger shifters, Liahona label brake levers which I think are made by Pro-max as they looked identical for that year

Most everything is in good condition, and I cleaned and lubed the drive-train fairly recently, but I would have you know the few problems it has: I wouldn't take the bike off a drop much bigger than a foot, as the frame is relatively old. The rear triangle has a bit of lateral flex to it (a symptom of old age, I think). I dinged the rear rim a while back, and I've included photos of that.

Is an old frame with decent components worth it??
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The only things of value are the recently replaced parts. Otherwise you're buying a fourteen year old frame with worn bushings and a primitive rear shock (which is also likely to be worn out).
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Uh, rear flex in the stays? I'm gonna say no, if you value your life.
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I love old bikes, but i wouldn't touch this one unless it was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay cheaper. Even then, i'd probably just cannibalize it for old, cool parts.

$300 is way too much for that bike.

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