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    Fair value for this Klein Attitude Comp?

    I'm looking at a used Klein Attitude Comp as my first MTB. I haven't done any cycling in 10 years but my kids are starting so I have to get a bike and I have decided on a ~19'' frame HT.

    The seller claims it is year 2009 make, but I have my doubts, as well as overall whether this is a good bike for me (good = better than a random GBP 300 new bike from Halfords).

    Seller claims bike is in good condition w/ no rust, but front brake pads are worn out.

    Seller claims fork is an unspecified Duke and that "frame measures 47cm from the pedal crank to the bottom of the seat stem".

    Here are the only pics I have:







    Advice?

    Stay away or bid?

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    Here this thread was just the other week...
    Is this Klein Attitude worth while?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skene View Post
    Here this thread was just the other week...
    Is this Klein Attitude worth while?
    Thanks, interesting read.

    That one looks in a better condition than the one I'm looking at though.

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    Base that on your decision... While that model Klein may not be a desirable one... Depending on condition and such it may or may not be a great deal.

    But it all depends on what you end up feeling is a fair price to pay for it.

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    I'm likely steering clear of this one, actually, as I have no idea what it's age is (definitely NOT 2009 as the seller claims), so I cannot really trust the other claims about it.

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    It's got discs so it's not totally ancient. A lot of those older Kleins were really lightweight, with great parts, and were quite expensive when new. I wonder what that one weighs?, can you get the seller to tell you actual weight? Brake pads are cheap, and they wear out. If you can figure out if everything else is ok that could still be a great bike. I'd rather ride an older better quality bike with some wear, than a newer lower quality bike.

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    Go here to get blue book pricing.
    Bicycle Blue Book - Trade With Confidence

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    Wait i think they only did that bike up to 2003.

    on the site you cant go any newer than 2003 which means theres no such thing as 2009.

    I think this is that bike Listing Detail - Bicycle Blue Book

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    That blue book site is really interesting.

    It has discs so probably is this one:
    Listing Detail - Bicycle Blue Book

    Still means it is 2002 at most.

    How different should the prices be in UK compared to these US blue book prices?

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    If everything works well on it, I think its at least worth $300 and would be a great beginner xc bike.

    If you check it out use this checklist:
    Noob Guide to Buying a used MTB

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