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    Is this a good deal?

    Hello all. I'm completely new to the world of mountain biking, and I'm looking into getting my first bike. While I was looking through my local Craigslist ads, I stumbled upon this GT Zaskar LE. Can anybody offer some input as to whether or not I should check this bike out? I will be riding in South Florida, so I don't think I need a full suspension bike. My budget for a bike is around $600-$800, but If i don't have to spend all that money, then I would prefer not to. I would rather spend that on equipment like a good helmet and other gear. Oh, and if it helps, I'm 5'11 and weigh 180lbs. Thanks in advance!

    GT ZASKAR LE BIKE - Easton tubing - USA - OBO

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    Probably a 2000 model or from around that era if that's what it actually is, it looks to have been repainted.

    If it's a GT Zaskar LE, I think that they came with XT/XTR derailleurs and shifters not LX. If I'm right it's been downgraded.

    It isn't suited to a rider that's 5'2" to 6'0" as stated in the ad, it looks to be a large frame that'd be more suited to a rider that's 6'+

    I like how the disc brakes on it aren't mentioned in the ad, probably because they're cheap low quality.

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    It's always hard to tell without seeing something in person but the bike looks like it wasn't abused. The fork is a little long on travel for the frame size. I believe the frame was made for a 60mm fork. Like cobba pointed out, the original Zaskar had XTR components. Bikepedia is a good website to research older bikes. The bike is roughly 14 years old... just keep that in mind.
    Killing it with close inspection.

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    Looks like a good deal for the price. Pretty stiff frame, so don't expect any sort of a smooth ride or anything, but they're good bikes and that one looks to be in great shape.

    Kinda tough to call the year on that bike - I don't know that an early 2000's Zaskar would come disc-ready. Maybe you can ask the seller - I think it could be a good somewhat newer - Zaskars seem to have come with V-brakes up until at at least 2004 or so. Either way, it'll take disc brakes, which is good.

    At 5'-11", you're in the size range where a 'large' sized frame could be a good fit for you. The GT's had a tendencey to fit kinda small from what remember too. I think it's worth a shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    I don't know that an early 2000's Zaskar would come disc-ready.
    2000 Zaskar LE's had disc mounts.

    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...E#.Us5ST7TAMml

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    Well lookit that wouldja...no kidding.

    Tough to tell if the frame in the ad is even set up for rim brakes though - can't see any bosses in the pic at all; guess they could have been unscrewed and it's just the angle of the pic that's hiding the standoffs.
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    Looks like there's something where a brake boss would be.

    Is this a good deal?-zaskar1.jpg

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    If it is a legit Zaskar LE, it has all downgraded components(except maybe the brakes) and doesnt hold the same value. It looks like it has been pieced together(ex: bontrager crankset). With a 130mm fork the geo will be a little off, but it will be playful and a bit more forgiving.

    If you are looking for a nice hardtail in that price range, i think that is a fair price.
    If you are looking for a Zaskar LE, keep looking.
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    These are probably better deals in your area for a first bike.

    Brand new 2014 Giant Talon 4 27.5- SIZE: LARGE

    GIANT REVEL almost new MOUNTAIN BIKE

    The parts are XT or anything fancy, but you're also not getting a 14 year old frame which can cause problems in the future.

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