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    2002 K2 Flying Monkey

    Any ideas on what I should be paying for one in good condition? Is it worth my money, being 7 years old?

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    thoughts...

    the life of a Mtn bike is ~ 5 years. The K2 is older. Regardless of shape, you probably cannot get parts for the fork, and you don't say if it even works.

    New it was $1049.00 MSRP, I'd say if the fork works.... maybe $300 tops. If not, $1-200 as you will need a new fork with 4" travel, and that will be a bit costly. the rest including brakes will be fine.

    Just my .02, Jim

    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...nkey&Type=bike

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    I was just looking at one of these listed at $125.. But it def needed alot of work.. All drive components were rusted to crap, and the fork def looked like it had seen better days. I thought at that price it was a good start.. I would have had to buy a new fork, but that would have prob been the most expensive pie ce.

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    good to know. The fork looks in decent condition. it compress evenly and doesn't bounce back too hard. I didn't see any leaking oil. Going to take a second look this afternoon. thanks for the info.

    also do you think I need to be worried about metal fatigue?

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    Yea, the fork is going to be the issue...especially the 2002 Black which was kind of unreliable. The Black got better in 2003 but there really aren't much for parts available. Also, it is a "jump" bike...but if its been jumped a lot, you'll see evidence of crashes on the bike (lots of scratches, dents, etc.). If you see this, not worth it.

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