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    Mongoose Titanium Pro? Worth buying?

    First post. Trying to establish a new hobby from building audio gear. Healthier and safer believe it or not

    I found this bike on the local CL:

    Mongoose-Titanium Frame

    Are these decent? I called the guy and had him measure the frame from the center if the crank to the seat post clamp top and he says it is ~17". I'm 5'11", so it may also just simply be too small. We have trails around here, but nothing that "needs" full suspension.

    Thanks for any advice!

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    Aloha, first off. Healthier, I can see, safer. Hmmm, how can audio gear be dangerous? Just curious as I'm old school audio so I just can't picture it yet.

    Anyway, on to your question. That looks like a decent bike, certainly almost vintage retro and pretty cool. If it fits, yes, ride it, great starter bike for sure. Lots of decent stuff better than your average beginner/starter bike. Most of us don't "need" FS, it just makes the riding more fun. Good luck with that. I say, get it, get out there and ride.

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    thanks!

    This is breaks and concussions. Vacuum tube gear is touch and die

    He is little way away from me, so I will take a look at it.

    Thanks!

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    Well, that lasted about 20 minutes!

    Any suggestions on what to look for? Local bike shop has 27.5" Giant Talon hard tails for $700. Is that a good starter? The next step up is double the price at $1,400 FS.

    Thanks!

    Blair

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    There are a few ways to approach buying bikes. I now try to buy bikes that I can ride mostly-stock. I also see myself as an amateur athlete, not a hobbyist per se.

    For many people, tinkering with the bike and swapping parts is half (or more) the fun.

    If you're looking for a turnkey bike, spend as much as you can stomach upfront. Ride a lot of bikes, buy your favorite.

    If you're planning to swap out all the components anyway, look for a bike with a cool frame. Whatever that means to you. You might also consider non-weird standards for how things mate with it. This is probably still ride a lot of bikes and buy your favorite, but it might lean you toward a FS or exotic material frame and a weaker build, or maybe still a plain aluminum frame, inexpensive build, and a new fork right at time of purchase. Something like that.

    I'd caution you against planning to hang a lot of nice parts on a cheap frame then move them to an expensive frame later on. In the last few years, there've been shakeups in headset, axle and bottom bracket standards. So no guarantee of older parts fitting on newer frames or vice versa.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blair_4 View Post
    First post. Trying to establish a new hobby from building audio gear. Healthier and safer believe it or not

    I found this bike on the local CL:

    Mongoose-Titanium Frame

    Are these decent? I called the guy and had him measure the frame from the center if the crank to the seat post clamp top and he says it is ~17". I'm 5'11", so it may also just simply be too small. We have trails around here, but nothing that "needs" full suspension.

    Thanks for any advice!

    blair
    It's a nice bike, that's for sure. Also the price of it is good. I tested this bike a few months ago, very solid ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max24 View Post
    It's a nice bike, that's for sure. Also the price of it is good. I tested this bike a few months ago, very solid ride...
    i called the guy, posted here, called back and it was gone!

    I have another prospect. A specialized rockhopper 2009. $380 local
    as well. It's not all I want, but will be solid for a few months until I arrange funding for FS

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    The used rockhopper would be a good starter bike and when you are ready to sell and upgrade you will probably sell it for what you bought it for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    The used rockhopper would be a good starter bike and when you are ready to sell and upgrade you will probably sell it for what you bought it for.
    Thanks!

    i bought the Rockhopper for $380 in really good shape. It's blue, and I'm not a fan, but I will live.

    I have an old Trek Y-1 bike in good condition. What's the best way to get rid of it? Craigslist is very slow.

    Blair

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    Part it on EBay, pay for a classified here, disassemble and recycle bin.

    If you part it, sell the frame and shock together.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Thanks,

    It is funny. I noticed that the frames sell for more than complete bikes. Seems odd.

    I may do that and keep the Bontrager wheelset as an extra. They are more aggressive.

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