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Old 10-14-09, 10:35 PM
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Is this a good bike for me?

Hi, I am new here and this is my first post. I'm in my mid 40s and just got back into the biking game this past summer. I started noticing more & more people biking and there are increasing amounts of bike lanes by where I work. I only live 2 miles from work and decided to try riding into work. I brought an older 10 speed bike for the task. I was so scared the first few weeks. I haven’t been on a bike since I was a kid! Even my 8 year old rides better than me! But by the end of the summer, I feel much more comfortable riding. Now, I want to buy a new bike and keep doing this for the winter. I am tired of pumping my tires constantly and I think a mountain bike is the answer for a great all around (year round) bike. Here’s how I ended up here: I started talking to some of my customers that I saw riding a bike and noticed they recommend brands like Trek, Giant, Specialized and Cannondale. I was shocked when I went to a bike shop! Some of these bikes are very expensive!! Most of them are still heavier than my 10 speed! That’s when I decided I need to buy used. I started was browsing through ebay and craigslist and found this ad for a Specialized Stumpjumper for $300. I don’t know much about the shifters and brakes. But the bike looks like it’s in good condition and it seems reasonably light. I am 5’10” and right now, I ride a 22” bike. Will this bike be too small for me?

'99 Stumpjumper Comp (ddac) - $299 (Financial District)
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Date: 2009-10-14, 11:26PM EDT
Reply to: sale-ush8q-1422087623@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
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17" 1999 Stumpjumper Comp hardtail
M2 frame
Answer Manitou SX, 3.15" travel (80mm)
9 speed - mix of LX, XT & XTR component
XT front derailleur
XTR rear derailleur
LX shifters

Everything is original (exceptions noted below). The bike is in pretty rough shape. I'm the 2nd owner. I purchased it over the summer for around $200, spent time & money to fixed it up and put about 1,000 miles on it for my commute. When I brought the bike home, the RD was all wacked, the middle chainring was bent, there was rust in every single bolt, the brakes didn't work, the shifters didn't work.

I swapped out all the brake & derailleur cables. Put some KoolStop, brought new grips, new stem, cut the handlebars about 2" and new middle LX chainring.

I hit the trails a few times as well. This bike was never babied. There are scratches on frame from Kryptonite chain & U locks. But it's a great bike. Awesome geometry and probably lighter than most $800 bikes today.

Currently, the bike weighs 26lbs.

Left fork is leaking oil a little. I'm too lazy to rebuild it. I have the manual in PDF format for you if you want to rebuild the fork. Fork functions perfectly.

Stem, seat post, saddle, grips are aftermarket. Everything else is original. Tires are crap since they're 10 years old. But they works perfectly on road.....however, I would change it if you're planning to make this an off-road dedicated rig.

Go to bikeforums.net and do a search and you'll see this bike in the mountain bike section. Say hi to "Special Ed", Siu, Danniator, biker66 & everyone else for me. Tell them I miss them greatly after they banned me. Also tell them I have reincarnated the day after I was banned and I'm just keeping it on the down low for a bit. They have no idea.....but it gets pretty exhausting being a ******bag online!

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Old 10-14-09, 10:46 PM
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Save yourself the headache of buying a used bike on Craigslist and the endless repairs and upgrades.
Check out your local bike shop for entry level bikes and browse the web for deals on new bikes.

$299.95 Truvativ Cranks, Suspension Fork, WTB Tires, Disc Brakes, Aluminum Frame
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/hay1000.htm
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Holy crap, ghosts of ddac past. Glad he's doing OK but he's asking too much for an old Stumpjumper. Pass and get a new Hardrock for that kind of money.
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Alot to take in, that's Ok, thoughtfull, as longer question often times allow for shorter answers. I see what he wrote, the bikes fixed on 'n' on. I don't like front suspension for your listed purposes, especially that they leak. It's no small task re-sealing hyd, units and having them stay that way. Success rate for repair is less than favorable, some shops send 'em out. If you feel that you would want to try, I suppose... but I wouldn't.
You and I are 5'10", I ride a 22 also. To be fitted for a MB.' one goes for a smaller size than one would for a Road Bike. 17" is correct on paper, for a MB. for MB. purposes, as I said though, your mixed riding is still more road-leaning not highly technical stump jumping stuff so I find a 19 or 20 suits me better on MB.s

Spec. makes great MB.s. I think you can do with a reg. fork or a perfectly good Hydr. one; a larger frame and a stronger deal.

Please, don't take this the wrong way, it's no reflection on your judgement skills; my observations resulting from riding incorrect bikes as far as size and based on my own neg. oppinions on suspension for anything other than full-blown boulder bouncin', the likes of which I don't indulge in.
Many bikes are out there; Trek Antelopes, DiamondBacks... many for 1 to 200
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The type of bikes I wrote of are all over Manhatten, folks ride'm on the streets.
Queens, the Island, Jersey or up the line in Werschester or Rockland may hold better deals as well as more selection.. www.jamisbikes.com read the 2009 section up top as a tutorial on bikes.
( the 2010 PDF is awkward )
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ddac used to be a member on BF (maybe still is). He did about 60 threads on that bike, including one about the fork leaking oil. $299 for a 10 year old bike is absolutely ridiculous. With the fork leak, that bike is worth $100 max. Don't buy it. I would recommend the Hardrock mentioned earlier, one of the Bikesdirect bikes, or something else from Craigslist. CL usually has a lot of good deals on bikes that weren't ridden during the summer like their owners may have planned.
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Thanks for the replies. I didn't even get email notification you replied to my questions. So it looks like this Stumpjumper isn't a good deal, huh? I took your advice and went to the bike shop to take a look at the Hardrock and Rockhopper. The Hardrock was $425 (including taxes). The Rockhopper was $620 out the door. The Rockhopper was a much better bike. It was significantly lighter than the Hardrock. I asked them to put the Rockhopper on a scale and it came in at 29lbs. I didn't bother asking them to put the Hardrock on the scale. But if I had to guess, I would guess it would be in the low 30s. Maybe 32 or 33lbs.

Do you think this Hardrock at $425 is a better buy than this Stumpjumper for $300? The Stumpjumper looks to be in pretty good shape from the pictures.

I don't know much about the components or frames or forks of these two bikes. If I buy the Stumpjumper for $300 and spend $125 on a fork (to stop the leak)....or maybe spend $125 to have my bike shop fix the fork, do you think it will be a better bike than the Hardrock?

When I test rode the Hardrock and the Rockhopper, the salesman told me I can ride either a 17" or a 19" frame. I test rode the Hardrock in 19" and the Rockhopper in 17". I like the way the 17" feels better. I felt to bent over on the larger frame.

Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by FlatSix911 View Post
Save yourself the headache of buying a used bike on Craigslist and the endless repairs and upgrades.
Check out your local bike shop for entry level bikes and browse the web for deals on new bikes.

$299.95 Truvativ Cranks, Suspension Fork, WTB Tires, Disc Brakes, Aluminum Frame
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/hay1000.htm
Thanks for the reply. I would like to stick with "name brands". I don't know much about this brand and I'm not too comfortable buying over the internet. When I get the bike, I'll need the bike shop to put it together for me. That'll cost me some money as well. But thanks for your suggestion.
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Originally Posted by dminor View Post
Holy crap, ghosts of ddac past. Glad he's doing OK but he's asking too much for an old Stumpjumper. Pass and get a new Hardrock for that kind of money.
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/1422087623.html

That's precious...glad he's doing okay. what a goof.
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lol his message to you guys at the bottom. good stuff.
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Hey man...he took it on the chin w/o a flinch. I didn't troll around reading the dudes other posts to see if he pissed somebody off royally, but the eccentricities season this "E-commune" that we take so seriously.
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