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Old 04-14-10, 12:37 PM
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First Mountain bike, Please help

Hello all,

I am looking to buy my first mountain bike. I have decided to go used and would like some opinions. I will use the bike mostly for commuting. I am looking for a quality ride that I can upgrade in the future. I may use this bike for some off road use but mostly pavement.

Here is the link. They are asking $200 for a 93 Kona Fire. Is this a good bike and a good deal for my use??? Please help.... I know enought about bikes to know that I have to go used to stay in this price range...


http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/bik/1691113686.html

Classic Kona Fire Mountain mountain bike - early 90s.

This bike is in great condition - always kept indoors.
I recently had it tuned up which included:
All new cables
New bottom bracket
Rear cassette
New chain
Brake pads
New IRC MythosXC 2.1 front and rear tires

The tune up alone with parts is worth close to $300

Bike Measurements:
BB to top of seat tube: 19"
BB to center of top tube: 16"
Center of top tube to center of headset: 22"

Bike is solid and ready to ride. $200 cash.
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Old 04-14-10, 01:16 PM
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Tuff to get much more for 200 smackers but does it fit??? How tall are you?
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I agree. Just beginning and depending on what kind of riding your doing it may fit the bill. Fit is everything or you will hate biking plain and simple. I think on mtn bikes there is a bit more flexibility than on road bikes as far as fit. But look it over in person......I assume it is local rather than a buy and ship deal??? Make sure the frame is not cracked or any weak areas exist. Take it to a local bike shop for a look over. I have never seen one yet that would turn someone away. Make sure you tell them you plan to do business with them or maybe even buy a water bottle in return for their time. Just good business.

The only drawback I can see is the bike is 17 years old. In 1993 Slick Willy was our crooked president; the 80's had been gone for 4 years; I was just starting out in the world from college; bike technology has come a little ways since then; and most of all........it was 17 years ago!

But good luck and hope it works out for you.
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Apparently the guy took it to a shop and they did a tune up for him (see original post).. I'm 5 10 does this sound about right for a 19 inch? I am also concerned about the age. I asked about cracks and the guy said that the bike shop did not mention anything else was needed/wrong. New tires, new crank..

What should I look for? Rust, cracks, where?

Was this, is this, a good bike? I believe Kona is a solid name.. Compared to a trek 400 let's say? I just want a solid ride, with good relaible components that I can ride around town. Perhaps some light off road...

I chain up my bike all day at the train station so I dont want to go the New 700 plus route...
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