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Old 09-10-14, 12:29 PM
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Is this Trek a good deal?

Trek 4300 Mountain Bike

I know it's kind of hard to tell from the photos, and I will try and get more from the seller if it's worth my time to even pursue it. Keep in mind, this would be entry level MTB for me. I'm 5'8" with roughly a 30" standover height. I also like close to a full leg extension when I'm pedaling, so would this bike be too small?
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It is. I bought it. Thanks.
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It is a fair deal. If anything it is too big for you. An 18" frame is a better fit for somebody around 5'10" while you should probably be looking for something around 16".
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Not a bad deal but x2 it may be too tall... but close enough to take for a spin (do not buy it if you need the saddle all the way down).
Check it out completely as if you do not was to tinker/adjust any issues yourself, $125 should be at ready to go condition - needs nothing...
always check bikepedia - 8 years ago - Full retail only $369 and more times than not, a buyer does not pay full retail.

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If it fit, I would pay $84.99.

No more, no less.
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Originally Posted by C Law View Post
If it fit, I would pay $84.99.

No more, no less.
lmao x2 but you better bring exact change....
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Is it a good deal?

I can't tell from the photos. Does the hub spin cleanly? Are the bolts rusted? Do the cassette and crank have any life left? It all depends on how the person took care of it.

A friend of mine bought a 4300 for $100 last year and I rebuilt it for him a few months ago. The consumables were all shot (chain, cassette, cables/housing), the bottom bracket is on the way out (but I was able to clean it and regrease it a bit to stretch the bearing a little longer), the front hub needed all the internals replaced, the crank was missing a couple of teeth. The pedals were really rough. I'm not sure that it was worth the $100 he payed after getting a good look at it. It cost me $130 to bring it up to practically new (not including some spare parts I had laying around).

So is this bike worth $125? It depends on how well the owner took care of it and what needs to be replaced (if anything).

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OP, If the bike is in good condition, that's a good price. Around here they ask around $200 for a bike like that, which is too high. As for frame size. I'm about a 1/2 inch taller than you with the same leg length. When I was buying a new hardtail, the Trek dealer recommended a 18" frame. I didn't buy it. Went with a 17" Specialized. Years later, my hardtail is a 15 .5" frame. I can ride 18" frames, and have, but definitely slower on them. Your call on the frame size.
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We bought one of those of craigslist for $100 last summer. My son used it for a few months, then moved on to another bike and got $150 for it. So, $125 seems about right. Ours didn't need any work or parts beyond maybe some cable adjustment.

Make sure the shock is somewhat OK. A new shock will cost more than the bike.
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good deal the 4300... haven't seen many issues with the shifters at all
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Originally Posted by C Law View Post
If it fit, I would pay $84.99.

No more, no less.
Only if it's bitcoins; otherwise you could go $85.21.
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