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    Good deal?

    Hey guys, I am still in the hunt to get a new bike. My budget is only about $1500. I am looking around and found this recently. Does this look like a good deal? Thanks!
    GT Force 2.0 Mountain Bike, 2010. Retail $2300. Large. Exc Cond.

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    Edited because the original link did not work:

    The price is 65% of what it would be new for a four year old bike. A bike loses value for resale immediately when someone buys it because the warranty only applies to the original owner. Then you have four years of possible use, and some possible devaluation due to technology marching forward.

    The warranty issue absolutely applies here.

    Can't really tell, but it does look fairly clean, and is possibly lightly used (but maybe not). It might need a tune up, it might need the brakes bled, new tires, chain, cassette, chainrings, bottom bracket, and/or cables/housings.

    Technologically, that bike is still OK IMHO.

    IMHO, if the bike has been very lightly used, maybe even still has the original tires that have little wear, that might be an OK deal. But it's no steal by any means.

    But, you can many times get similar deals on a year or maybe even two year old brand new bike that has no use and a factory warranty. Some shops in my area sell two year old bikes for 40% off MSRP, sometimes only during a 'sale', but you can find deals like those if you shop around.

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    I updated it I am pretty sure. Forgot I had email copied when I pasted. Here's browser link
    GT Force 2.0 Mountain Bike, 2010. Retail $2300. Large. Exc Cond.

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    Maybe...

    It has a different fork and cranks than what he has in the description.
    But he may have just pulled the info of a site of the wrong year or model.

    This is what BBB says:
    MSRP New: $2,400
    BBB Value:
    $928 (Like-New)
    $884 (Excellent)
    $795 (Good)
    $592 (Fair)

    It looks like it has a Revelation front fork and TruVativ Stylo cranks.
    See if he will do $800?

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    Thanks for the input

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    I really like the i-Drive suspension platform, when the rear shock has been set up properly. This is also a system where having propedal or lockout is really useful.

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