Is this a decent deal on a 2006 Gary Fisher Montare? Or should I get a newer bike?

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  1. fishugly

    fishugly New Member

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    http://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeS...tare&Type=bike

    I have found one that looks/seems to be in quite good condition with a rear rack, panniers, a top bag, front and rear lights, fenders and an extra set of tires for $400. The seller told me to make an offer too so it's possible I could get it down to $350. I am told there's about $1200 in this bike and accessories.

    At any rate, I don't know what to look for in a used bike as far as parts that might need replaced. The bars seemed slightly tweaked but I assume that is an easy fix with loosening the stem and straightening things out. It shifted good and rode nice. One of the rubber things on the front shock was up on the shiny piece that slides in and out...and there was signs of oil, though not much at all. The lockout worked. The disc brakes worked good but it seemed I had to pull the lever in quite a ways. I assume that's an easy adjustment,.... correct? All in all, it looked reasonably clean and well cared for.

    Are the components on this bike better than the new bikes that sell in the $400 range? Or, asked differently, would I be better off buying a new bike in the $400 range than this older used bike with accessories for the same price or less?

    For what it's worth, I'm just riding 10-20 miles/wk on pavement...and some gravel roads. I need the ability to haul things as well such as groceries.
     
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    kdelong Well-Known Member

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    The bike sounds pretty good for $400. The biggest thing to look for is to make sure that it is the right size for you. Here is a fit calculator that you can use to help you determine if it is the right size. http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCY?PAGE=FIT_CALCULATOR_INTRO

    Since it is a flat bar bike, use the Mountain Bike setting. The main thing that you want to worry about on the frame size is the length of the seat tube. This is the only aspect of the fit that cannot be changed easily. If it is a fit, go ahead and pull the seat post out and look into the seat tube with a flashlight. You will be looking for any signs if internal corrosion. A slight trace of rust or aluminum corrosion is not a big worry as long as you take the bike to your LBS and address the problem quickly. If there is a lot of rust, find a different bike. Look for any signs that the bike has been crashed. Lots of scratches concentrated in one area of the frame would indicate a crash, as would bent tubes. If it has been crashed, look for another bike.

    If you do get the bike, take it to your LBS and have them look at the fork to ensure that there is no contamination of the oil. If the oil is contaminated, it will eat up the seals and the fork will sag.

    The brakes are easy to adjust. This video will tell you how to do it. It looks fairly easy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1kezXQVnLY
     
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    Thanks for your help!
     
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    Thanks for your help! Appreciated!
     
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    I got it, and all accessories for $370.
     
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