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    New question here. Need MTB advise - buying used bike. Ideas?

    I am looking to purchase a used full suspension bike with disc brakes and am looking for advise. I purchased a Cannondale Super V500, extra clean about 5 years ago. I have five children and now they are finally to an age where I can start riding! Problem is, now my bike was stolen off the back of my car.
    I am left without my bike and need to replace it though am on a limited budget. I have around $500 to spend. What I am seeing with full suspension and disc brakes is Cannondale, Gary Fisher and others which are late 90's to early 00's.

    Question is, what would you recomend?
    What is a quality bike in this budget?
    What should I look for and watch out for?

    I have been shopping craigslist locally and ebay as I would buy and pay with paypal.

    Thank you much for your advise!!!

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    what type of riding are you wanting to do with it?

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    go HT instead. a $500 used FS is something I haven't seen much of.

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    Feel your sin!

    Quote Originally Posted by nvestor View Post
    I am looking to purchase a used full suspension bike with disc brakes and am looking for advise. I purchased a Cannondale Super V500, extra clean about 5 years ago. I have five children and now they are finally to an age where I can start riding! Problem is, now my bike was stolen off the back of my car.
    I am left without my bike and need to replace it though am on a limited budget. I have around $500 to spend. What I am seeing with full suspension and disc brakes is Cannondale, Gary Fisher and others which are late 90's to early 00's.

    Question is, what would you recomend?
    What is a quality bike in this budget?
    What should I look for and watch out for?

    I have been shopping craigslist locally and ebay as I would buy and pay with paypal.

    Thank you much for your advise!!!
    I kick myself for selling my yellow and green superV500 bike. My husband purchased a new trek mountain bike for me because my front shock needed a rebuild. Since I had the bike for years I thought I would sell it and thin out garage space. Dumb move! The new bike was nothing compared to the old. I sold my super v500 for about 325.00. They are just cool bikes all the way around! Good luck with finding a replacement.

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