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    Opinions on price for 2011 Cannondale Flash 3 Alloy

    My LBS has a NOS 2011 Cannondale Flash 3 Alloy 26er still around. I test rode the bike and like it a lot, but was curious if the price was ok or not.

    They are asking $899. Wasnt sure if this still seemed a bit high. They are asking $999 for their remaining 2012s. The components are slightly better on the 2011, x7 crank, x9 rear derailleur compared to Deore crank and XT derailleur, etc.

    Im just not getting back into biking after being out for 10+ years, so I wasnt sure how the pricing was since I dont have much to base it off of.

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    It's a new bike with warranty... see if you can haggle the price down.. if not, then it's still a good buy.

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    Kind of my thought process too. I cant seem to find any used nicer hard tails in my area...they are either entry cannondale/treks/etc, or used 2005-2007 full suspension bikes that have probably been rode hard for a while.

    I just needed someone elses opinion!

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