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Old 04-28-11, 08:14 PM
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re: repair or sell and buy new

Just bought new Hard Rock Frame. LBS pretty fair about. I learned my lesson to not get a used old mtb bike. Adding parts is not a smart idea, even if purchased at prices online. Better to get new bike w/ guaranteed frame! Paid $140 for old bike(thought it was a great deal), added parts $350(discovered crack in frame afterwards last year), new frame and installation now(including headseat, handlebar,and seatpost) $300. Total paid was $790--***, I could have had a brand new Hard Rock Sport 29r with disc brakes and a lockout fork! The best thing I have now is a higher end 7 sp cassette, chain, and XT derailleur. Though I ended up paying a price about $300 over the value of my new bike($420 plus added value parts $80), I will appreciate the new bike over my first steel one. I supposed the miles I rode on that cracked frame, of 300 plus, makes the loss feel better.

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Old 04-28-11, 08:24 PM
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I have an 04 Stumpjumper I've dropped off 10+ feet with, it's taken a beating. So I wouldn't shy away from Specialized because someone sold you a problem.

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Old 04-30-11, 07:26 PM
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Hi Jim,

I agree, Specialized is a good company. It wasn't a good idea to buy a used one though. The warranty is only good for the purchaser so you can't lose buying new. Just got new Hard Rock frame and LBS agreed to put old components on new frame while including new handlebard, headset, seat post and labor to put new bike together for $300. I'm just leaving my old bike with crack in frame for parts.
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Buying a used bike is a great idea if the price is right. If it was a good hardtail then $140 is a pretty good price. But, I wouldn't put another $350 into a used bike. There was no mistake in buying the bike, but putting more than the purchase price into it was the mistake. I've flipped a fare number of bikes before I took my most recent job. Any time I had to put more than $50 into a bike I would question why I was buying it. If I bought it and it needed more than $50 in repairs, I would question if I should cut my losses and just junk it.
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Roccobike,
I couldn't agree with you more after my last experience. I got a couple of friends down by Raleigh--that's a nice area.
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