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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
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    2005 Specialized FSR XC for a new ridder

    this is the bike im looking at. i had a fsr a few years ago. it was stolen. really want to get back into ridding. im 5' 10" about 220 or so. would this be a descent bike for me?

    my stolen fsr was a fsr comp. bike was great never gave me a problem. its in ok shape. no dents or dings. few scratches.

    whats would be a fair price?

    will be riding one trails around where i live. like to jump to. thats always fun. some specs of it below. any in put would be great thanks




    2005 Specialized FSR XC Pro Disc mountain bike. The frame is a size medium


    Stand over height 723mm

    Top Tube Length (center seat tube to center head tube) 587mm

    Head Tube Length 110mm

    Head Angle 70.5

    Seat Angle 73

    Wheel Base 1075mm

    Chain Stay Length 424mm

    BB Height 325mm



    Frame: A1 Premium Aluminum butted frame, ORE top and down tubes

    Rear shock: 100mm travel Fox Float triad 3 position with propedal, lockout, or open

    Front shock: Manitou Splice 100mm travel with lock out and alloy steerer

    Brakes: Avid BB-7 Mechanical Disk

    Front Derailleur: Shimano M510 Deore

    Rear Derailleur: Shimano M750 XT

    Shifters: Shimano M510 Deore

    Cassette: Shimano 9 speed 11-34

    Cranks: Shimano Hollowtech, Octalink XT Spline

    Chain Rings: 22 x 32 x 44

    Pedals: Shimano SPD Clipless M505

    Rims: Mavic XM117 Disc

    Front Hub: Specialized Disc

    Rear Hub: Shimano M475 Disc

    Tires F&R: Specialized Adrenaline 2.0, Aramid Bead (about 50%)

    Seat Post: Specialized butted alloy

    Stem: 3D Forged CNC machined

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    I am 5'8" and my medium 2001 stumpjumper is a little small for me (its the same frame as the 05 fsrxc) so the bike might feel uncomfortable. And alot of those bikes are going for 600-800 dollars in my area, at the high end they are very clean, hardly ridden and already tunes up, on the lower end they are rode hard and put away muddy.

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    OK i might pass then. anyone else? thanks

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    I think an '05 may be on the bubble for technology. For example, '08 shocks seem to be superior for the price point as compared to '05. Frames and transmissions may have only modest improvements since '05. Pivots also appear to have seen some improvement since '05 as well.

    It all depends on price, that bike should treat you good - but factor in the possibile cost of having to replace the front shock and then see if its still a good deal.

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    ok thanks

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    I rode one for almost 2 years. A fine bike. Manitou fork broke twice and eventually swapped for a Fox F100RL. Highly upgraded later and was very content. Eventually sold the frame and switched most of the components onto an Epic frame. Would I still recommend? Absolutely! Great handling and easy to whip around.

    As for sizing, you're on the bubble of medium or large, as am I (5'9" and ride a medium). If you have a shorter torso than most who are 5'10", then medium is fine. If you're average proportioned or have a longer torso than most, definitely go large. This is for the FSRxc specifically of course, for an '05 up to '08. Goes for their Stumpy line as well in case you may be looking.

    As for the cost, I think if it's dent free and perfectly functional, $600 is a fine price. $800 is too much. It'll depend on your budget. Buy as much bike as you can in the beginning, no matter the budget. You'll thank yourself later.

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