1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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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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    Cannondale F400 All Mountain

    Hey Guys,

    Looking at picking up a bike off Craigslist for my wife. Trying to find out the frame size to see if this one will work, but while waiting to hear back on that. The listing link is below. Seller is asking $300, what's a fair price for this bike?

    Cannondale F400, 2004 - Good Condition - Used


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    I wouldn't spend more than 150 on a 10 year old entry level hardtail.

    What is your budget? What type of riding?

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    Ok, so no go on that one. Thanks for the links. My wife is 5'8".

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    That would put her at about a 17" frame, is that right? However, are Women's frames measured differently?

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    Womens frames usually have a shorter top tube that is curved lower to give a lower stand over height.

    She should be fine with a 17

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    Just found this one...hoping i could get the price down a bit, but...

    Trek 4300 Disc MTB Hardtail 18" Frame 26" Wheels 24 speed PRICE DROP

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    Sorry, should've asked an actual question in there, what do you think that would be worth? I feel the $280 is a bit high, not sure how far down I'll be able to get him though...

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    Could be a 2011 and Bike Blue Book says $357. 18" mens frame size is too big for 5'8". So have her ride it. She can go with Medium or Small mens 29er bikes also.
    Last edited by eb1888; 05-03-2013 at 04:32 PM.

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    I would agree $300 seems a little high.
    If you can get it for $200 or less it may be ok.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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