Buying a used bike...a few questions.



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BobbyBaloney

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Well this will be my first Mountain Bike in years and it will be my first serious mountain bike. I'm
currently looking in the sub $1000cad level and most likely will buy something around 2 years old
since I will end up with a better bike for cheaper.

What should I look for when buying used? (I'm trying to find bikes with little wear like from people
that bought a nice bike and then lost interest).

Would it be better to buy a lower end frame with high end components that might be slightly more
used or something with a better frame and a mix of components mostly lower mid range.

I am mostly looking at hardtails since they are more in my price range such as the 2001 Norco
Sasquatch and some others but I also found a 2001 Kona Manomano for a really good price. I don't
think I need FS, it would be more of a luxury item since I will be doing more onroad riding at first
until I find some people to ride with.

Thanks for any help.
 
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Ride-A-Lot

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[email protected] wrote:
> Well this will be my first Mountain Bike in years and it will be my first serious mountain bike.
> I'm currently looking in the sub $1000cad level and most likely will buy something around 2 years
> old since I will end up with a better bike for cheaper.
>
> What should I look for when buying used? (I'm trying to find bikes with little wear like from
> people that bought a nice bike and then lost interest).
>
> Would it be better to buy a lower end frame with high end components that might be slightly more
> used or something with a better frame and a mix of components mostly lower mid range.
>
> I am mostly looking at hardtails since they are more in my price range such as the 2001 Norco
> Sasquatch and some others but I also found a 2001 Kona Manomano for a really good price. I don't
> think I need FS, it would be more of a luxury item since I will be doing more onroad riding at
> first until I find some people to ride with.
>
> Thanks for any help.

If the Kona is in good shape (have an LBS check it out just like you would have your local mech
check a used car), I would go with it. I have never had as much fun as I have had on my ManoMano.
It's the poor man's Ellsworth
Id. I find I ride it more than my "good" bike.

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o-o-o-o Ride-A-Lot o-o-o-o
www.schnauzers.ws
 
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Dilusionnews

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if you're in ottawa... i got a sweet full suspension you could think
about......
http://ogivar.no-ip.com/dilusion/FSR/

in my opinion full suspension is the way to go... i started on my brother's hard tail... and i
couldn't do half the stuff my buddies were doing..... so i bought this bike...

now i've upgraded and bought a brand new bike...

g'luck

dilusion

<[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
> Well this will be my first Mountain Bike in years and it will be my first
serious mountain bike.
> I'm currently looking in the sub $1000cad level and most likely will buy
something around
> 2 years old since I will end up with a better bike for cheaper.
>
> What should I look for when buying used? (I'm trying to find bikes with
little wear like from people
> that bought a nice bike and then lost interest).
>
> Would it be better to buy a lower end frame with high end components that
might be slightly
> more used or something with a better frame and a mix of components mostly
lower mid
> range.
>
> I am mostly looking at hardtails since they are more in my price range
such as the 2001 Norco
> Sasquatch and some others but I also found a 2001 Kona Manomano for a
really good price.
> I don't think I need FS, it would be more of a luxury item since I will be
doing more onroad
> riding at first until I find some people to ride with.
>
> Thanks for any help.
 
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S O R N I

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DilusionNews top-posted:
> if you're in ottawa... i got a sweet full suspension you could think about...... http://ogivar.no-
> ip.com/dilusion/FSR/
>
What's the effective top-tube length on that thing -- like, 8 inches?!?

Bill "stem impalement imminent, Will Robinson" S.
 
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Gazzer

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"S o r n i" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> DilusionNews top-posted:
> > if you're in ottawa... i got a sweet full suspension you could think about...... http://ogivar.no-
> > ip.com/dilusion/FSR/
> >
> What's the effective top-tube length on that thing -- like, 8 inches?!?
>
> Bill "stem impalement imminent, Will Robinson" S.

Its F.or S.hort R.iders.

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