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Old 03-10-15, 12:36 PM
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Craigslist / Giant Dual Susp. / Help me identify / Worth the money?

I'm looking into buying a used MTB around $500 and came across this ad for a dual suspension Giant:

black giant

Can anyone tell me what year/model this bike is? Also, what do you guys think of the bike itself for the asking price?



Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-10-15, 02:38 PM
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Just found this one from an ex-racer for $600

Giant Mountain Bike

'I'm selling a used Giant NRS Mountain Bike dual suspension (medium size). The bike was used in cross country races throughout the State of Florida and won several seasons and many races. Bike was professionally built and maintained by team sponsor and local bike shop Elite Cycling and Fitness. Bike has all racing components like Shimano XTR crank, XTR rear cassette and chain, Shimano XO / X-9 shifters, Carbon fiber handlebar and seat post. Shimano XT and XTR V-Brakes. Comes with 5 26" rims. (2 x Mavic Crosslink, 2 x Xero XD-1 rims (race only rims), 1 x Cross Max front wheel (rear wheel broke and I never replaced it)) Fox F80RLT front fork and Rock Shox rear shock. Both shocks are in great conditions. Shimano XTR clip on pedals. Water bottle cage. The bike has been sitting in my garage for a few years and is in great conditions. I am the original owner. I am selling it because I hurt my back and cannot race any more. I believe the bike weighs approximately 25lbs."

The only deterrent i see are the lack of disc brakes, he claims that he had better control with the ones it has. any opinions?
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The first one is likely a 2004 or 2005 Giant VT - - you'd have to look it over and compare spec to decide if it's a VT 1, 2 or 3. The NRS is about the same vintage. Both were adequate full-suspension designs; the NRS was under-4" travel and very XC race oriented, while the VT was 5+ inch-travel and more long-travel-trail-bike oriented. Just depends on what you're looking for a bike to do for you.
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Looks like 500$ worth of bike to me as long as the wheels are straight and suspension is good. I'd get a shorter stem ofcourse
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2004 Giant VT 3 - New and Used Bike Value
Probably the VT just judging from the brakes which is the only detail you can make out, spray painted?. I'd say it depends on what kind of shape it is actually in. Old full suspension bikes means old worn out rear suspension bushings and shocks. I have an older mongoose otero"not a walmart bike" sitting in my bike room with worn rear bushing and I can't find new ones. Giant is probably better about that but you better look first. That also goes for the NRS.

I think the NRS guy would be better off parting that out. I'd say it is closer to 2001ish just with some updated highend bling. I think both are over priced.
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Yeah i bailed on those two after talking with my LBS about repairs and replacement parts. I'm not mostly interested in this Cannondale

Cannondale 2014 Trail 5 Men 29er - Cannondale 2014 Trail 5 29er $580

I've been avoiding a 29" bike because I've heard 27.5" is the sweet spot between agility and rolling momentum, and I tend to lean more towards agility. What do you guys think?
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I think you spend too much time on Internet forums asking other people what you want.
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Hardtail is probably the better way to go in the $500ish range but I'd say that Trail 5 is also overpriced.
2014 Cannondale Trail 5 - New and Used Bike Value
It is just an entry level bike after all. Of coarse it depends on your area. Some places you just have to take what you can get and everybody thinks their used bikes are worth way more than they should be. I know that is how it is around here on craigslist anyway. People will try to sell their 1997 model bikes for 75% of their original retail value because it has been sitting unused in the garage since 1998 lol. If you are on facebook look for local bike groups and ask if anybody is selling something in your range on there. I find real bike people are a bit more reasonable on pricing.
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