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    Older bike

    Im getting back in the saddle and need a ride. I found an 03/04 kona dawg online for $500. I used to like kona frames but know that is kind of old. Any reason to pass this up? Also found an 04 Specialized stumpjumper fsr for $550. Thoughts?

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    10 year old full suspension frames tend to need plenty of tlc, and finding the parts to do that might be difficult and costly. If i didn't have the funds for a current fs, I'd go with an ht.
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    $500-550 burning a hole In your pocket ? yeah I agree with ou2mame.

    Or you could save up a little more while your looking and start with a much newer slightly used hard tail that would need nothing.
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    I'm with them....and I just learned this lesson, so I'm paying it forward. My example is the '05 Blur I bought in June. Awesome bike, XT & XTR level components throughout. Bike had clearly been ridden, put a new chain, cassette, chainrings, and replaced the shifters and brake levers (had the dual controls, but RD shifter was sketchy). After a ride last week, found a crack between the pivot bracket and the seat tube.

    I'm going to pursue getting it repaired, because it may be worth it, but I went ahead an bought a shiny new Anthem Advanced yesterday.

    ETA: aluminum suffers from fatigue, which will eventually result in a failure. That's just fact of the material.
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    Awesome. Thanks alot. That was kind of my concern.

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    Cracking is more of an issue with certain frames, less with others (Blurs from that time period would be a lot more likely to crack than Dawgs). Lighter, racier bikes are usually more crack-prone. in general.

    Steel tends to hold up best, but you're not going to find much in the way of FS.
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    Now ya tell me...
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