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.
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.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because
your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean
that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your
needs and ability.
Whats a rough estimate to upgrade this to disc brakes? I'm interested in this bike, but really prefer disc brakes. It's a Specialized Rockhopper FSR XC Comp Sport. Not sure what year. I'm contemplating buying it for 750.
It has mounts but you need a disc wheelset. Deore m615s are 86 now at Ribble. Search ebay and CL for a wheelset. Should be 100. Plus rotors...Avid HS1 on ebay are $11. You will likely also need a cassette.
$750 sounds like a lot for that bike, in my opinion.
I had a 2001 rockhopper that I bought new and rode for 10 years until the frame eventually gave out. It was a good bike, but anything older like this one, with 26" wheels, and rim brakes isn't going to be worth as much as bikes that are more up to date.
^ agree with the price statement. That is too much for that bike. By the time you upgrade the wheels, disc brakes, rotors, mounts, labor if you don't install it yourself, etc. with that bike price, you will be close to a grand.
'13 FELT TK3 48:15
Fixed gear - but not a hipster
2014 miles - 1021/2500
Bicycle Blue Book lists the 2005 versio WITH disc brakes in "like new" condition as being worth $441. Clearly the seller has no idea what he is selling and how out dated it is. Let some other sucker waste their money on that.