Old or New?
I am an entry-level rider looking to get a nice mountain bike for once. All I've ever owned were K-Mart Huffies and now that has a toddler seat on it.
I want a nice, affordable bike of my own, and decided to check the classifieds in my area.
I came across a 1994 Cannondale Delta V700, and it looks like it is in really good condition. It's going for a reasonable price. I've read good things about these bikes, and they sound like they're tough. Vintage, but great.
Here's the question: do I spend my $$ on this oldie but goodie? Or do I go for a brand new bike in the same price range, like a GT Palomar? I don't know much about the GT, but I doubt it's a Cannondale v700.
Ride some. The geo on older bikes is different. Some people ride em to save some $, some for their vintage status, and some simply because they like em.
What's a 'reasonable price' ?
The Bicycle Blue Book puts a price of $300 on the 93 model.
Will you ever want disc brakes ?
People buy old bikes and later they want to put disc brakes on them but with some old bikes it can't be done.
Does it have a head shox fork ?
Are parts readily available if it needs a service.
Is the frame on this old Cannondale the right size for you ?
Thanks for the advice, all. I checked the Cannondale out with the owner, who had the bike tuned up at the local bike shop. He had new tires and a new seat put on, and a shifter repaired, before selling it. I took it for a spin and immediately loved it.
Me not being an experienced rider, I don't know what a good frame size feels like, but this does feel comfortable to ride.
I made the purchase, and at $250, it was a deal I couldn't pass up. I can't wait to hit the trails now.