New to biking but decided I wanted a low-impact training alternative to supplement my regular running/calisthenics workouts. Leaving for the Navy in a year or two while I finish school so I wanted an XC bike that I could grow into and possibly use for an XC race or two.
Drove out to meet someone off Craigslist, selling their 2008 Santa Cruz Blur XC. A bit beat up but I think I got a decent deal for $800. What worries me is that i've been reading on the durability of aluminum frames and the guy I bought it from is on a bike team and mentioned that he likes to do jumps. So im assuming he's ridden it pretty hard for about 4 years. And there are some small chips about 2mm deep, in addition to lots of scratches on the underside. But the upside is that the bikes been tuned and he just replaced the bearings.
Specs listed below, all in moderate condition. I dont care much about the durability of the components so much as the frame. I've checked for stress fractures and its in good shape aside from heavy wear near chainstay and on the bottom of bike. I want to drop more money to upgrade this bike with new wheelset and tires but I dont know. I will also need to buy a bearing press tool ($85) if I am to replace bearings in the future. Will also want to buy a back-up derailuer hanger ($30) just in case.
Rear and Front Derailleur - Shimano Deore XT
Shifters - Shimano Deore
Brakes - Juicy Three SL
Front Shock - Rock Shox Recon SL S-lite
Rear Shock - Fox Float RP 23
Head Set - Cane Creek S-8 ($30 on ebay)
Saddle - Fizik Vitesse
Wheels - DT - Swiss 445D
Tires - Michelin MT Dry 2
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