n00b sayin hey ... some advice?

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Chi, Mar 31, 2003.

  1. Chi

    Chi New Member

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    Not a n00b to forums, but a definite n00b to biking. Been out biking w/ some friends (both mountain and road) and I prefer mountain biking. I own a 15 speed Magna that weighs a ton, so I'm looking into better bikes.

    My budget is around $400 and the Trek 4500 is looking very good right now, but my friend told me to look into eBay. Should I buy from a bikeshop or should I just get a used one from eBay? I found a few good deals, like a Trek 6000 for like $200US. I like the extended top tube that the high-end Treks have, for a lower, more aerodynamic riding position.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
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  2. Vo2

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    A second hand bike in good nick is always a good buy. The Trek 6000 is a good buy, but maybe try and source a second hand MTB with disk brakes.
     
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    MNJRC_Berko New Member

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    Ebay. Period.

    I got a Giant Team frame, the actual stuff ridden by ONCE in 2001, for 1500 bucks
     
  4. JohnO

    JohnO New Member

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    Personally, I found used mtb's on ebay to be a risky purchase. They get a lot more abuse than road bikes, and are more likely to have worn out components. I got back into cycling by buying a MTB from ebay, and ended up replacing just about every component within a year - wheel bearings, front fork were just plain worn out, brakes were old and parts not available when a brake lever broke.

    $400 at a bike shop will get you a nice hardtail/front shock bike, nothing fancy, but you won't be buying parts and paying for repairs every other weekend.
     
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