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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    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.

    Any suggestions?

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    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.
    Round and round we go

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    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 ?

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    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.

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