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    Need advice with choosing a 2nd hand mtb

    Hi, I'm looking for a second mtb and found some on my local craiglist. Need advice on which is good and worth the price. Thanks!

    1) KAWASAKI K26 HARDTAIL MTN BIKE - $80
    2) Diamondback Sorrento -$100
    3) Diamondback Outlook (2009) - $125
    4) Trek 820 (2010) - $300
    5) Trek 820 (most likely 2010) - $250
    6) Scott Voltage YZ4 Mountain bike - $200
    7) Trek 4300 Mountain bike (a few years old) - $300

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    Choose the one that fits. Wihtout knowing what parts are on what bike it's hard to say buy that bike. The treks are a little better that the others ,but if they are trashed look at something else.Some local shops have used bikes look around.

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    Hey what are you wanting to do with this bike? Will it be for bike paths, fire roads, single track... a little of each? Right off the bat the 4300 will be a stand out bike if its in good shape. 820's will be well put together but the parts will not be as nice as the 4300.Also its craigslist so dont be afraid to make a lesser offer on any of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    Choose the one that fits. Wihtout knowing what parts are on what bike it's hard to say buy that bike. The treks are a little better that the others ,but if they are trashed look at something else.Some local shops have used bikes look around.
    Thanks for the advice. Do you know if local shops usually sell used bikes at higher prices than those sellers who are owners of the bikes themselves?

    Quote Originally Posted by mpaulb1386 View Post
    Hey what are you wanting to do with this bike? Will it be for bike paths, fire roads, single track... a little of each? Right off the bat the 4300 will be a stand out bike if its in good shape. 820's will be well put together but the parts will not be as nice as the 4300.Also its craigslist so dont be afraid to make a lesser offer on any of them.
    I'll be using it to on roads (alot of slopes around my place), on campus but would like to do try it on some simple trails and jumping tricks sometimes. Maybe a little of each? Thanks for your helpful advice too

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    By the way, if I get a 2nd hand 820 for 200, does it worth buying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterzproshakk View Post
    By the way, if I get a 2nd hand 820 for 200, does it worth buying?
    I wouldn't purchase a 820. It's probably ok for riding around roads, but I would look for something else for that purpose. You listed one for 300, so I assume you can spend that. You'll probably have to spend that much to get a bike that would be fun and dependable for trails - not saying the 4300 is (or isn't) worth that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlouder View Post
    I wouldn't purchase a 820. It's probably ok for riding around roads, but I would look for something else for that purpose. You listed one for 300, so I assume you can spend that. You'll probably have to spend that much to get a bike that would be fun and dependable for trails - not saying the 4300 is (or isn't) worth that.
    Agreed, the 820 is a hi-tensile steel frame...not worth upgrading and really not designed for much beyond city riding and groomed bike paths.

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    1) no
    2) yes
    3) no
    4) no
    5) no
    6) yes
    7) yes (depending on the year)

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainjoon View Post
    1) no
    2) yes
    3) no
    4) no
    5) no
    6) yes
    7) yes (depending on the year)
    Thanks for the list! Just one question regarding Diamond Sorrento, I thought it's almost similar to Diamond Outlook?

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    Similar bikes but....

    Quote Originally Posted by monsterzproshakk View Post
    Thanks for the list! Just one question regarding Diamond Sorrento, I thought it's almost similar to Diamond Outlook?
    The Outlook is almost a hybrid with some MTB flavor to it. Good for paved roads and some dirt paths. Sorrento has slightly upgraded components, and is definitely geared more towards off-road riding. Sorrento is definitely more of an entry level MTB option than the Outlook, IMO.

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    Oh, thanks for the info! Previously, I almost decided to just get a 2nd hand Outlook but luckily I didn't. What if I compare Scott Voltage YZ 4 (2006) with Outlook Sorrento and Trek 820?

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    I would definitely check out the forks-if its rigid not to worry but if its a suspension make sure its in decent condition because the worst thing is leaking oil, making noises, and sagging all the way down the trail. just my 2 cents

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    I bought an older cannondale 3.0 series last week on CL. I took it for a spin to check for fit, shifted the gears and checked the brakes as well. It is rigid fork but no dents or cracks. Definitely check the frame for dents, cracks, and the welds for any signs of fractures.

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    Thanks for the advice, people! i'm still looking for my bike. Checking some nearby bike shops to see if they have used bikes for sale. Probably getting a hardtail Trek if there's any.

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    Have you tried a Rockhopper? It's very nice. Maybe you can include it on your choices. Goodluck.

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    I found another 2nd bike deal on Craiglist. Mind to help me have a look if it worth buying? Thanks alot!

    2006 Trek 4500 (barely used) - $300
    less than a 100 miles. In mint condition.

    Bicycle Type: Mountain bike, front suspension
    Sizes 19.5"
    Colors Steel Gray/Metallic Black

    Frame & Fork
    Frame Construction: TIG-welded
    Frame Tubing Material: Alpha SL aluminum
    Fork Brand & Model: Rock Shox Judy J1, 80mm travel
    Fork Material: Aluminum/magnesium, single crown

    Components
    Component Group: Mountain Mix
    Brakeset: Avid SD-3 brakes, Tektro aluminum levers
    Shift Levers: Shimano Alivio
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Acera
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore
    Crankset : Shimano MC09, 22/32/42 teeth
    Pedals: Aluminum platform
    Rear Cogs: 8-speed, 11 - 32 teeth
    Seatpost: Bontrager Sport
    Saddle: Bontrager Select Basic
    Handlebar: Bontrager Crowbar Sport
    Handlebar Stem: Bontrager Sport
    Headset: Aheadset Slimstak

    Wheels
    Hubs Front: aluminum, Rear: Shimano FH-RM60
    Rims Bontrager Camino
    Tires 26 x 2.20" Bontrager Jones ACX
    Spoke Brand Stainless steel

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    Go for Trek 4300.. Awesome bike!!

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    Yes while the 820 is a nice bike for those prices meh. You can get a brand new one at a lbs for what? 350ish? And yep the trek 4300/4500 are the best bikes on that list though I have no experience to compare the scott or sorento. Just go test ride the 2-3 bikes you like the looks of the best and see how they fit and ride.

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