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    Columbia Trailhead any thoughts?

    Hello...I just picked up a new Columbia Trailhead for $40 from someone who bought it and never used it... it feels good for me, I'm using it to commute to work and some off road trails

    Specs: Hi-Tensile steel frame, RST 181 fork with 80mm of travel, 21 speed w/ Shimano shifters and derailleurs.... its also very lightweight

    I know its made by Iron Horse and are sold for about $300...any thoughts?


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    Pretty darn good deal for $40,the parts are a bit outdated(unless they happen to be new 7-speed parts) and not high end,but the frame looks nice and it should do for commuting and some trail riding.Anyways,I would have paid $40 for it,I like the frame.

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    ride the heck out of it! and have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by InvictaS1
    ride the heck out of it! and have fun!

    I agree,and I think the frame is good enough to upgrade parts as they break or wear out.

    I bought my son a Trek 820 and I think yours might be better,I paid $280 for it so I think you did pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masta Flash
    Hello...I just picked up a new Columbia Trailhead for $40 from someone who bought it and never used it... it feels good for me, I'm using it to commute to work and some off road trails

    Specs: Hi-Tensile steel frame, RST 181 fork with 80mm of travel, 21 speed w/ Shimano shifters and derailleurs.... its also very lightweight

    I know its made by Iron Horse and are sold for about $300...any thoughts?
    Ride it like you stole it, cause you did

    It is what it is....nothing fancy, but it should provide you some fun times. And the best part is, if you totally trash it, you're only out $40.

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    Looks like you got a good deal...solid steel frame and in working order for 40 bucks. Sweet corvette by the way...personally I would be driving that baby to work.

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    You can't go wrong for 40 bucks!
    "The quality of the box matters little. Success depends upon the person who sits in it."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman
    Looks like you got a good deal...solid steel frame and in working order for 40 bucks. Sweet corvette by the way...personally I would be driving that baby to work.

    LOL...the Corvette was upgraded to 24 volts and now that things hauls

    I want to upgrade the components to somthing much better, the shifters are also weak.. the cranks are Sun Tour

    What should I get? are all cranks the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masta Flash
    LOL...the Corvette was upgraded to 24 volts and now that things hauls

    I want to upgrade the components to somthing much better, the shifters are also weak.. the cranks are Sun Tour

    What should I get? are all cranks the same?
    If you wanna upgrade cranks for cheap - go deore hollowtech.

    Good technology for not alot of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masta Flash
    LOL...the Corvette was upgraded to 24 volts and now that things hauls

    I want to upgrade the components to somthing much better, the shifters are also weak.. the cranks are Sun Tour

    What should I get? are all cranks the same?
    I don't know if I would upgrade, might be a better idea to ride it for a season and then see how you feel about it then. You might realize that there are certain things you want that a $40 bike won't get you. Not to mention the cost of upgrading vs. buying a complete bike. Great deal though, for the money it's a great buy!
    Bike good, work bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masta Flash
    What should I get? are all cranks the same?
    You got a great deal. Ride it 'till the wheels fall off. Don't spend much money upgrading. Start saving for your next bike, because if you really get into mountain biking, your next one is going to cost you a lot more than $40.

    Don't upgrade your cranks if there is nothing wrong with them. Maybe the bike could use a tune-up?
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