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Old 04-30-12, 12:52 PM
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Would this make a good starter bike? Price?

I currently own a road bike and I'm thinking about getting a mountain bike. Would this be a good starter bike? Do older mountain bikes hold value, or will the components be too worn to function well? Also, what do you think about the asking price? Thanks!

http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/bik/2961044456.html
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Old 04-30-12, 01:09 PM
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Old MTB's (region dependant) don't hold there value well. Unless you have a super rare color scheme Klein or say a Mountain Goat. This bike (it's a 1999 model) is too new for retro.

Big issues with this specific bike, Size, does it fit you?, Headshok, does it work, can you get spares. Brakes, it's got V-s, nothing wrong with them, but if you ride with others who are on discs, you will notice the difference; the frame / forks can be upgraded though with new wheels.

The frame looks well worn, so would look at the gear / drive train, for wear, and parts needing to be replaced; if you ride a bike hard, like it's designed for, getting a more than a year out of a groupset is doing well; MTB'ing isn't cheap.
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Generally, old mountain bikes do not hold their value. The rate that technology pushes the sport is so fast, that older stuff doesn't perform nearly as well as the new stuff, in my opinion. Some older classics are still desirable for aesthetic reasons though (barracuda, klein, manitou..). The components on the bike you linked are above average for the time and probably work well still. Old hardtails are a good place to start though, before you jump into full suspension or 29ers.

If you want to read some reviews from owner's on this bike look here:
http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/bike-h...004_96crx.aspx
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Thanks for the replies, I think jimc101 hit on my main concern about the components being worn out. I'd expect a 1999 bike to need a complete overhaul ($200) unless its been meticulously maintained. Reviews of this particular bike look good, and it's my size, but at the asking price plus $200 overhaul I could buy a new $600 bike.

EDIT: V-brakes are actually desirable to me, as I am familiar with maintaing them. My level of riding won't require disk brakes for quite some time.
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A new $600. bike might not be that much better than the Cdale you are looking at. I would be patient and watch Cslist for a couple weeks. This is the time of year when people are looking for bikes, so its a sellers market. But someone might post a good buy soon. Take your time IMO.
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1) its still a cannondale +1
2) its ooold -1
3) its got respectable 'entry' level components +1
4) the components are ooold -1
5) for the price, you probably wont get a better 'STARTER' bike +1
6) that fork is...well... funnier than a lefty +1 -1
7) it resembles what Cadel Evans used to ride when he started dominating the XC scene +100

so tallied up thats.... 101 points! BUY IT!
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It's a solid bike to get started with. My main concerns would be the poor ride of the Fatty fork, the drivetrain condition, and that it is an older lightweight AL frame. If you could get it around $280-300 and the drivetrain doesn't have to be replaced, I think you would be doing well on it. If you go check it out, it wouldn't hurt to bring a chain-checker.

+1 on continuing to look, but the good deals won't last long enough to make a post, so be on top of it.
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IMHO you'd be better off with this:

Schwinn Frontier Elite ~ $495
www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes/mountain/2012-frontier-elite-14367

It looks much better than that old Cannondale. You get a warranty plus free repairs. You also don't have to worry about metal fatigue issues, or the overall condition of the bike.

It's brand new! Therefore, it's in mint condition!

Good Luck

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