• 10-24-2012
    77charger
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Aggie88 View Post
    Do you think $300 is too much for a Trek 3700 with disc brakes and full light setup? It will be for my wife.

    I got a 2012 model for 500 otd from a trek dealer in dec of 2011.If i had had a chnace to get a used one for 300 i would have gone for it esp if it was under a year old.

    I have since added about 500 into it since may.Rockshox recon silver,carbon bars,new platform pedals,set of tires,But i do like the way it feels now and when i bought it money was short but i got lots of overtime and decided it was easier for me to add vs sell and buy another.
  • 10-24-2012
    everything_was_taken
    Are these holding up?
  • 10-25-2012
    gridtalker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Here's one for the cause. Cost me less than $400 to build it up. It's for sale right now minus the wheels, fork, seat post, saddle, chain, rd and pedals.<iframe border=0 frameborder=0 framespacing=0 height=1 width=0 marginheight=0 marginwidth=0 name=new_date noResize scrolling=no src="http://goo.gl/lsXMO" vspale=0></iframe>
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    Very nice love the color
  • 11-07-2012
    Aggie88
    What do you guys think about the Airborne Skyhawk and upgrading the fork to a Rockshox Tora? The bike will be for my wife who is 5'7, so I am thinking the 16" frame.
  • 11-07-2012
    jimbos'ss
    Awesome thread, I guess it's time to start scouring CL since my LBS is pretty disappointing.
  • 11-07-2012
    next
    schwinn s40, sub $400
    Used is the way to go!

    My recent Craigslist find - A cherry-condition 1999 Schwinn s-40. $215.

    bike as purchased:



    bike now modded for street use - perfect for dropping off my water bill:



    .
  • 11-08-2012
    rocknrollnride
    I got a Raleigh Eva 2.0 paid 350 almost a year ago. Its a sturdy steed and really got me into riding the trails but im ready for a bigger better beast!
  • 11-11-2012
    dezertboy74
    Cant't post pics yet. But picked up a 2009 DiamondBack Response comp on CL for $300. Had about 3 hours of riding on it, Got me back into Biking after 10 years off....
  • 11-14-2012
    Jasontamu
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    Mongoose 1.0 VRS FS
    bought it at a pawn shop for 50 bucks...its used today as a spare mtn bike for buddies that wanna ride and dont have a bike yet......and the occasional downtown pub ride bike.

    -J
  • 11-14-2012
    longhaultrucker
    Brown Santa dropped off my newest SS project,a 2010 Origin 8 Scout 29. LOL,it's mostly complete (needs tires/tubes/cog/chain and 1 disc brake,but as I will be pulling these off another bike-only buying the chain and cog new-it makes it under the $400 limit. Cost was $100 + shipping),and got it from a good friend (thanks again Greg! :thumbsup:) on here.




    I'm flat broke,so it will be sometime next month before I get it together (I don't have the tools for parts of the job,and there's the cog/chain to buy :p),I'll repost it later when it's done :)
  • 11-14-2012
    boardreader
    jamis trail x2, got it for $200 used
  • 11-14-2012
    noonelistens
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    2007 Haro Mary SS 29er. Bought this last month, completely stock with 0 miles. I think $240 was a great deal.
  • 11-14-2012
    beachside
    My 1990 Schwinn Crosscut is "Almost" a Mtn bike. $75 on CL.
  • 11-14-2012
    longhaultrucker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by longhaultrucker View Post
    I'll repost it later when it's done :)

    Not quite done yet,but I pulled some parts off the Bander and slapped em on the Scout. After I shot these,I swapped the Bander's bb7's on there as well...getting closer :D




  • 11-15-2012
    Darthvapor
    Second post so no pictures, but I bought a K2 Zed 1.0 for $100 to get me back into cycling. The bike is stock except a MTB Pure V saddle.
  • 11-15-2012
    longhaultrucker
    Well go and post a few more times so's we can see's it :thumbsup:
  • 11-16-2012
    zoocrew
    Excellent thread...glad I found the forum since Im definitely new.

    hope to post pics soon.

    picked up a 2009 GF HKEK from local CL for 400... looks pretty pristine... hoping to try it out this weekend.
  • 11-19-2012
    integr1ty
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    Picked up this the other week for $320(my first MTB) Haro Flightline, all stock.

    ive only been on the trail with it a few times so far but i love it.
  • 11-20-2012
    02_NRS
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    killer V 900 followed me home/
    under $200/ m900 shifters,ibis bars,ringle f.skewer-post-cage,carbon pulstar hubs,Araya rm400 rims,sugino cranks.C.L. where else!
  • 11-22-2012
    beebee5
    Bought my mountain cycle rumble for 300 but upgraded / replaced parts (needed new cassete and AVID bb7s )

  • 11-23-2012
    dbigfot111
    double post
  • 11-23-2012
    dbigfot111

    brought it used with a few mods. my first real mountain bike :)) i also got my rear wheel true today. but is there something wrong if the wheel is spinning when it about to come to a stop it rock back and forth (this is after trueing, less worse than before)
  • 11-25-2012
    dbigfot111
    so i got the wheel trued but it still wobble, does that mean they shop didnt do a good job? it barely made a different.
  • 11-25-2012
    AndrwSwitch
    I'm not really sure what you're talking about. What did they say about it when they gave it back to you? Sometimes wheels are too trashed to make true again.
  • 11-25-2012
    dbigfot111
    they said the rim is trued, but from the perspective i look at, the tires still wobble. i thought if i get the rim true, the wheel (rim and tires) will move straight, that is not the case. i also replace my rear brake pads, does it take a few weeks for the pads to embedded in? it barely stop.
  • 11-25-2012
    Bill in Houston
    the wheel may be true, but the tire may wobble for a variety of reasons. flip your bike over and spin the wheel while watching the RIM. if the rim wobbles more than 1/8", they didn't do anything, probably.

    as far as the brakes, go check out the Brakes subforum, and see if your question is answered there. those brakes should work quite well.
  • 11-25-2012
    AndrwSwitch
    Take the tire off and give the wheel a spin. Often, tires aren't perfectly aligned. So you really can't tell if a wheel is true when there's a tire on it.

    Also, see if you can rock the wheel laterally. You may feel a little flex, but you shouldn't get any play.

    For the brakes, Avid mechanicals need a certain amount of maintenance. Check to see if your pads are worn out before you go further - just pull them out and have a look. There should be a relatively thick chunk of friction material on a metal backing. When the material gets too thin or wears down to the backing, the pad needs to be replaced. If the pads are in good shape, you may just need to tune your brakes better. Use the knobs on the sides of the calipers to adjust the position of the pads. If the brake rotor comes in contact with the caliper and not the brake pad, you get poor performance.

    Which brakes, exactly, do you have? BB5s or BB7s?
  • 11-25-2012
    dbigfot111
    andrw swing by brake forum, i dont wnat to clog up this thread, thank you for all the advice
  • 11-25-2012
    TxMatt
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    Listed on CL for $475, but the guy talked himself down to $350 (craziest thing). He claimed to buy it new and only ride it twice and it looks ever bit the part. I plan on upgrading some parts, so it will soon not fit in the <$400 thread, but at least it started out there... :thumbsup:
  • 11-26-2012
    MTBerNick
    Picked up a 2003 Jamis Dakar today, only $200.

    I have heard lots of good things about this bike and am excited to start the upgrades. So for I have only replaced the WTB SpeedV saddle with a Retrospec, I removed the LONG 120mm stem and replaced it with a 70mm, and added some Shimano SPD clipless pedals (not pictured) Next are brakes, it already has dics hubs, going to go with Avid BB7's, then on to some wider handlebars, followed by new fork and shock.
  • 11-28-2012
    antpal
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    Heres my freebie! 09 (i think) Speccy Hardrock Sport. My friend says he got too fat to ride it - I think he didn't like the colour (i know i don't!)!

    Upgrades so far - a new saddle to the one pictured. Future upgrades - paint-job!!!!
  • 11-28-2012
    Koppuh Klyde
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by antpal View Post
    Heres my freebie! 09 (i think) Speccy Hardrock Sport. My friend says he got too fat to ride it - I think he didn't like the colour (i know i don't!)!

    Upgrades so far - a new saddle to the one pictured. Future upgrades - paint-job!!!!

    So he rode the bike and got fa......umm, bigger? :madman:
  • 11-28-2012
    antpal
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Koppuh Klyde View Post
    So he rode the bike and got fa......umm, bigger? :madman:

    Think it was more a case of not riding it, then realising that if he did, he'd bend it! :eekster:
  • 11-28-2012
    TheHeartwoodStudio
    My new Motobecane 450HT. $320 ;)

  • 12-02-2012
    Visionist
    K2 Zed 3.3, almost brand new for $180. Really good bike so far, took it on a pretty rock filled trail with many large tree roots and had no issues though the brakes could be a little better.

  • 12-02-2012
    TxMatt
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Visionist View Post
    K2 Zed 3.3, almost brand new for $180. Really good bike so far, took it on a pretty rock filled trail with many large tree roots and had no issues though the brakes could be a little better.

    I still have an 06 K2 Zed 2.0 that I have ridden VERY HARD! No complaints for a beginner bike for sure!
  • 12-02-2012
    Necrodomis
    Picked this up for $375: 2012 Trek Marlin.

    Took it out for a little ride and Im happy with it.


    Now what to upgrade first! Possibly brakes, pedals and fork
  • 12-02-2012
    TheHeartwoodStudio
    Visionest, your front disc brake line should be in the front of your shocks and go through a front clip. The line hanging back like that can be dangerous.
  • 12-02-2012
    Visionist
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheHeartwoodStudio View Post
    Visionest, your front disc brake line should be in the front of your shocks and go through a front clip. The line hanging back like that can be dangerous.

    Fixed, thanks! I also just adjusted the disc brakes so they don't touch the rotors while riding and did an all around cleanup of the bike.
  • 12-02-2012
    TheHeartwoodStudio
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Visionist View Post
    Fixed, thanks! I also just adjusted the disc brakes so they don't touch the rotors while riding and did an all around cleanup of the bike.

    Awesome, looks like a great bike! I'm picking mine up tomorrow sometime, going to take it for a spin if the weather cooperates ;):thumbsup:
  • 12-05-2012
    Lowered-S-Dime
    random post
  • 12-05-2012
    Lowered-S-Dime
    Heres mine i have a little under $400 in it, i bought it here in Korea.
  • 12-05-2012
    joshhan
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lowered-S-Dime View Post
    Heres mine i have a little under $400 in it, i bought it here in Korea.

    What's the bike that's outside?
  • 12-05-2012
    Lowered-S-Dime
    Its my wifes mongoose lol
  • 12-05-2012
    Falconrider
    Awesome ride
    Steel frame or a alumin frame on the airborne ??
  • 12-05-2012
    Jasontamu
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MTBerNick View Post
    Picked up a 2003 Jamis Dakar today, only $200.

    I have heard lots of good things about this bike and am excited to start the upgrades. So for I have only replaced the WTB SpeedV saddle with a Retrospec, I removed the LONG 120mm stem and replaced it with a 70mm, and added some Shimano SPD clipless pedals (not pictured) Next are brakes, it already has dics hubs, going to go with Avid BB7's, then on to some wider handlebars, followed by new fork and shock.

    awesome find.....i have been looking for an old school jamis dakar as well..

    -J
  • 12-05-2012
    enV
    Lots of good finds here, thanks for sharing.
  • 12-05-2012
    MTBerNick
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jasontamu View Post
    awesome find.....i have been looking for an old school jamis dakar as well..

    -J

    This bike is awesome, it is a jack of all trades, master of none, leave the mastering to the rider :thumbsup:
  • 12-05-2012
    THE ARS
    '97 X-Caliber, around $75 in it.


  • 12-05-2012
    sandmangts
    This one was built by buying bikes on Craigslist, keeping the parts I needed and selling the frames and parts I didn't need. Parts came from a Cannondale 1fg, a nicely upgraded Turner and a Specialized Epic. My total out of pocket expense with one new tire, a chain and some cable housing is about $150. Not bad for a bike with Hope disks, King hubs and headset, Thomson post and stem, easton Monkeybar etc. And is sure rides good. I love a steel hardtail.
  • 12-05-2012
    sandmangts
    Best score I ever saw though was a friend of a friend who scored a 2003 NRS Carbon with a Fox F-80 fork, XT/race face build for $45 bucks. It was not stolen. It was a divorce deal.
  • 12-05-2012
    MTBerNick
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    Best score I ever saw though was a friend of a friend who scored a 2003 NRS Carbon with a Fox F-80 fork, XT/race face build for $45 bucks. It was not stolen. It was a divorce deal.

    Why cant I find a fortune out of someone else misfortune?
  • 12-05-2012
    sandmangts
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MTBerNick View Post
    Why cant I find a fortune out of someone else misfortune?

    I know right? Actually from what I heard about this broad the guy is probably better off. He probably just said screw the bike, the house, the money just don't make me look at that woman again.
  • 12-07-2012
    DannyPacMan
    Such a great thread with a lot of awesome looking bikes for some insane deals! Keeping me motivated to find a great deal on craigslist!
  • 12-07-2012
    THE ARS
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    This one was built by buying bikes on Craigslist, keeping the parts I needed and selling the frames and parts I didn't need. Parts came from a Cannondale 1fg, a nicely upgraded Turner and a Specialized Epic. My total out of pocket expense with one new tire, a chain and some cable housing is about $150. Not bad for a bike with Hope disks, King hubs and headset, Thomson post and stem, easton Monkeybar etc. And is sure rides good. I love a steel hardtail.

    Aaaaaand, we have a winner.

    Very nice.:thumbsup:
  • 12-08-2012
    Zapperman
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    I got this for $100. A neighbour had it in his garage, had a new DH and just wanted to get rid of this. It's a 2003 Rocky Mountain RMX and when I bought it, it needed brakes, pedals, a chain and to unbend the derailleur. Had some pedals but picked up some BB7's for $80 and threw a new saddle on. She's riding great and I've had a ton of fun putting it back together and learning a thing or two. Looking forward to really putting it to the test. New here too, by the way!
  • 12-08-2012
    Wasmachineman NL
    :nono:
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dbigfot111 View Post

    brought it used with a few mods. my first real mountain bike :)) i also got my rear wheel true today. but is there something wrong if the wheel is spinning when it about to come to a stop it rock back and forth (this is after trueing, less worse than before)

    Whats wrong with the Duet in the background? Borked drum spider?
    Also, nice NRS, they tend to crack at the linkage mounts so check them reguarly for that.
  • 12-08-2012
    MTBerNick
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Zapperman View Post
    Attachment 743426

    I got this for $100. A neighbour had it in his garage, had a new DH and just wanted to get rid of this. It's a 2003 Rocky Mountain RMX and when I bought it, it needed brakes, pedals, a chain and to unbend the derailleur. Had some pedals but picked up some BB7's for $80 and threw a new saddle on. She's riding great and I've had a ton of fun putting it back together and learning a thing or two. Looking forward to really putting it to the test. New here too, by the way!

    I hate you :skep: . . . . . . . . . . Naaaaa im just kidding very nice find, im jelous, ive been looking for a DH "diamond in the rough" forever.
  • 12-09-2012
    mi26r
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    Airborne skyhawk. $350 delivered. $40 buck pedals.
    Love this bike!

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  • 12-09-2012
    mi26r
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  • 12-09-2012
    hauck04
    I have a 2006 Iron Horse Yakuza Bakuto bone stock. It is in mint condition, and has been ridden only a handful of times; I know it's a shame. At the time I purchased it new, it had the top of the line SRAM components, derail-er, no hydraulic brakes. I am selling the bike to a friend who will get a lot of use out of it, and I was wondering what a fair price would be for this bike. Sorry no pictures, but just wanted to get a rough idea of what you guys thought. Thank you in advance for your help.
  • 12-09-2012
    jxpowers
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RollingAround View Post
    Nice machine for 400.

    Hydralic brakes too which is weird for 400 bucks. All mid grade stuff, but it's 400 and it's actually good though.

    I'm curious to see how much that thing weighs and how it rides...please report.

    Looks awesome.

    Great bike, probably the best to get at 400, new other than CraigsList or something.

    I'm impressed.

    you can get a carrera vulcan with hydro disc brakes for even less, i think its like 190
  • 02-08-2013
    Galvatron1
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    Attachment 769712Can someone please identify this bike? I got it at a garage sale, my bike mechanic says it's a 1994 Kona. Is he right & which model?

    Bike - $65 - Garage Sale: came w/ STX derailleurs. Alivio Hyperdrive-C crank. Deore thumb shifters. Not sure who makes the brake levers or cassette.
    Schwalbe Marathon Tires - $70 - old tires were rotting
    XLC Tube - $10 - Back tire had a patch
    Cannondale Tesoro Saddle - $23 - Pull off from Roy's Bike Shop
    Handlebar - $50 - Scandium, only180g from ebay
    Foam Grips -$10 XXF EVA foam grips 12g/ superlight not including ends
    Kool-Stop - $38 - Cantilever pads were shot, now I stop on a dime trip cmpd.
    Carbon cage - $30 - Gotta have something carbon on this clunker ;P
    Tire valve LED - $5 - Gotta be seen at night
    Total at the time this picture was take = $301 (about 4 months ago)
    Total now with current upgrades = approx. $450-$500
  • 02-09-2013
    hOlykamOtie*
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    Bought the bike for $50 at Craigslist four months ago and slowly upgraded some of the parts. Bike was a little in bad shape when I bought it and after cleaning/upgrading here she is :)
  • 02-12-2013
    theavada11
    trying 2 get a new bike...
  • 02-14-2013
    k9rocco
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    I bought this Specialized Hardrock in 2004 for $250 and have gotten every bit of my moneys worth out of it. Its been almost 10 years and its still the only bike I own
  • 04-08-2013
    longhaultrucker
    Did all bikes go over $400 after February? :skep: Come on guys,keep em coming :thumbsup:
  • 04-08-2013
    bob13bob
    yeah.. really enjoying this thread. beautiful bikes in here.
  • 04-09-2013
    thrifty
    Here's my 2008 Kona Blast. I <3 it, but it doesn't stop me from beating it up. :p



    Kona Blast - $80 - pawn shop (rusty, crusty, needed lots of work, but frame in great shape)

    Serfas Swoop 2.35 front tire - $25 - LBS

    Continental Trail King 2.2 rear tire - $15 - Nashbar online clearance sale

    Syncros riser bar - $15 - cyclesport.com online clearance (they only sell moto stuff now)

    Oval Concepts Stem - $15 - LBS parts bin

    Shimano Acera Trigger Shifters - $30 (both) - Amazon.com (came with cheap grip shifters from the pawn shop)

    Deore XT Rear Mech and LX front Mech - free - take offs from my old bike (Swapped the decent stuff before selling it off)

    Rock Shox Tora 318 U-Turn coil fork - $118 shipped - Ebay

    Specialized Phenom 143 saddle - $15 - Craigslist

    Gravity Gap Seatpost - $15 - nashbar online clearance

    FSA Orbit Headset - $25 - LBS

    ODI Rogue Grips - $20 - LBS

    Lizard Skin chainstay protector in "IDGAF Pink" - $10 - LBS

    Total: $383


    The SRAM S600 crankset and bottom bracket cost $75 and are new this week. Had to replace the OEM FSA crankset because I bent a crank arm stuffing it into a rock, lol. I'm not counting that in the cost because I've been riding this beast for the last 6 months, and that counts as a "repair/replace" instead of making it rideable. Also, I want to stay under $400 so it fits in this thread. :)

    The only future upgrades I'd like to do are to change the Hayes Mx4 mechanical brakes to some hydros (they work fine, but need to be adjusted frequently), and perhaps a new wheel-set if the right deal comes along. I'm riding this monster a little rougher than I think it was originally intended (I've gone off 4 foot drops to flat, and I ride with the grace and smoothness of a sandbag) and its held up like a champion.

    I'd take this bike over almost any sub-$1000 current production complete hardtail anywhere. :cool:

  • 04-09-2013
    kmayHD
    Bought a Kona scrap DJ bike off local classifieds for 250, had nice components...Then found a guy lookin to trade his dual-suspension for a DJ, traded him straight up for this Specialized Hardrock Uno. Upgraded with Magura Julie brakes, brand new (never ridden) Manitou mach comp 130mm front, FOX Vanilla DL rear, Alex rims, brand new Alivio cranks and bottom bracket, Ritchey stem, All I had to do was get rear rubber (found 2 new continental 2.30s on classified for 25 bucks) threw one on the back, and traded the other to a friend for some nice DMR pedals.

    So total cash investment is 275 bucks!!!! Very stoked on this bike, only had it on the trails once this past saturday, held together, and had a blast. Here she is.....

    (new pedals and tire not shown btw)

  • 04-09-2013
    longhaultrucker
    Ordered a shiney new Gravity G29 for $349.95 shipped. While I will be swapping on some nicer parts from a Bandersnatch I sold the frame of (I had also pulled it's drivetrain for the Xtracycle last year,LOL)...there'll be no more than $400 total spent on it,LOL! Pic from BD's website...


    When it arrives,I'll post pics of the actual bike (it's a black 17.5" though,so it'll look just like that one :P )
  • 04-10-2013
    lowtidejoe


    200$
  • 04-11-2013
    Ditchbanker
    This might be cheating, but I feel like I'm getting a bike for about $400.

    Before I went to college (the first time...) I bought a 2000 or 2001 K2 ZED SE. The crummy rst fork went out within the first year despite the fact that I can't remember EVER riding it off road. It's been sitting in my garage unused ever sense. I've almost tossed it a couple times, but didn't. Yesterday I did some awesome mountain biking on an old fully rigid stump jumper that is too small. Now I'm hooked. Took the k2 into the local shop and had it looked over. LBS owner told me that it's a decent frame with some potential. Told me for about $400 (might be a bit over) he could replace rear deralier, shifters, brakes, forks and wheels, with quality used parts he has on hand to get it superior to $400 off the shelf bikes. Slept on it and will be bringing in my K2 this morning. I'll try to post before and afters after I get it back :)
  • 04-11-2013
    jasonb751
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    Strolled into the LBS Monday and picked this up on a whim. 2005 Haro Shift R7. fox F80 RL fork, cane creek front wheel, Avid BBDB disc brakes, and Manitou Radium R rear shock. All this for a low price of $150 bucks. Now time for some component purchasing. I don't think I did bad for $150. What do you guys think?

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  • 04-15-2013
    longhaultrucker
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    Haven't swapped my wheelset on in these pics,but here's the actual bike with my bars/stem/seatpost/bb7's/Manitou Drake 80mm fork swapped onto it. I'll go out and swap the cog/spacers from the stock wheels to mine (a bit better wheels,they're handbuilt by Buzz29) when I beat this dang headcold,I was just about too sick to stand and shoot these pics,LOL! :thumbsup:

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    Granted,if I'd bought all the parts I swapped on,even used,just for this bike,it woulda blown the $400 cutoff,but they were all in my stash and $349.99 for the bike (shipped) + $43.52 labor is under $400 :p
  • 07-14-2013
    wahday
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    Post your less than $400 mountain bike
  • 07-14-2013
    jimbojo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ditchbanker View Post
    This might be cheating, but I feel like I'm getting a bike for about $400.

    Before I went to college (the first time...) I bought a 2000 or 2001 K2 ZED SE. The crummy rst fork went out within the first year despite the fact that I can't remember EVER riding it off road. It's been sitting in my garage unused ever sense. I've almost tossed it a couple times, but didn't. Yesterday I did some awesome mountain biking on an old fully rigid stump jumper that is too small. Now I'm hooked. Took the k2 into the local shop and had it looked over. LBS owner told me that it's a decent frame with some potential. Told me for about $400 (might be a bit over) he could replace rear deralier, shifters, brakes, forks and wheels, with quality used parts he has on hand to get it superior to $400 off the shelf bikes. Slept on it and will be bringing in my K2 this morning. I'll try to post before and afters after I get it back :)

    I just picked up a 1999 K2 Zed X for $150,not as good a deal as some of these here, but it was in perfect condition, al Deore LX components, Kenda tires look brand new, components alone worth more than what I paid for the whole bike.
  • 07-15-2013
    mpix00
    2010 Fuji Nevada
    $200 Brand new w some upgrades in parts
    $125-Kinesis Maxlight XLT Forks New from ChainReactionCycles
    $22- Got lucky on Ebay- Stealth Pro Evo Carbon Seatpost
    $40- FSA Stem w/carbon Cap & XRoc Carbon Handlebars
    - Evo Grips and White Wellgo Pedals

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  • 07-15-2013
    Brodon
    I just picked up a 2010 rockhopper comp 29er off cl for $350! Everything works and it rides great! I can't wait to do some upgrades. I don't think I can post pics yet since I'm a noob to the forum
  • 07-17-2013
    ReXTless
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    Post your less than $400 mountain bike
  • 07-18-2013
    Bill in Houston
    uh, no.
  • 07-19-2013
    bob13bob
    Quote:

    2010 Fuji Nevada
    well done.
  • 07-19-2013
    mpix00
    Thank you Bob,
    The performance of the bike is incredibly better !It is amazing how much weight I lost with the new components I picked up. The way it now handles, accelerates, turns and the control of the bike is awesome!!

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bob13bob View Post
    well done.

  • 07-19-2013
    Ls1rhodes
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    Just picked this up yesterday first mountian bike in a long time. 2011 diamondback response comp barely used got it for $375. Have some plans for upgrades soon. New to the forum also, lots of great info here.
  • 07-20-2013
    boomy169
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    my trek fuel 90. $350. i got it yesterday and i am loving it!
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  • 07-20-2013
    bob13bob
    wow, that trek is a steal.
  • 07-20-2013
    boomy169
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bob13bob View Post
    wow, that trek is a steal.

    thank you. i saw it at a pawn shop and had to jump on that deal. i jumped on it and it rode perfect. loving it for a beginners bike.
  • 08-25-2013
    bob13bob
    right at $400. decent deal. needed a bike on short notice. would have preferred 26", but short notice.

    seller claims 2013. pretty much brand new.

    giant karakoram 2.0


    specs.
    2013 Karakoram 2.0 - Trail Bikes - Mountain Bikes - GT Bicycles
  • 08-25-2013
    Brockwan
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bob13bob View Post
    right at $400. decent deal. needed a bike on short notice. would have preferred 26", but short notice.

    seller claims 2013. pretty much brand new.

    giant karakoram 2.0


    specs.
    2013 Karakoram 2.0 - Trail Bikes - Mountain Bikes - GT Bicycles

    50 bucks cheaper than blue book price. Good buy. Listing Detail - Bicycle Blue Book
  • 08-25-2013
    epic-gamer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bob13bob View Post
    right at $400. decent deal. needed a bike on short notice. would have preferred 26", but short notice.

    seller claims 2013. pretty much brand new.

    giant karakoram 2.0


    specs.
    2013 Karakoram 2.0 - Trail Bikes - Mountain Bikes - GT Bicycles

    it is 2013, actually I am about to get this exactly bike GT karakoram 2.0 tomorrow too for $500 brand new from store. Everything seems good except that it comes with the bottom level XC28 fork. But Alivio/Deroe Drivetrains and Shimano hydro brakes are nice for the price tho
  • 08-25-2013
    2low2go
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    here's my cl find. $300 2011 cannondale f5 in great shape.

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  • 08-26-2013
    STACK
    No picture, but I get around a bit on a 2012 Scott Aspect 60. I would not think it would be great on a mountain, but it's pretty decent for commuting and handling some dirt and small rocks. I got it for $360. Looks at a short distance like a much more expensive bike. Feels like a slightly more expensive bike.
  • 08-30-2013
    Highland
    '08 Trek 3700....

    Paid $330 in October of '07.

  • 08-30-2013
    bob13bob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by epic-gamer View Post
    it is 2013, actually I am about to get this exactly bike GT karakoram 2.0 tomorrow too for $500 brand new from store. Everything seems good except that it comes with the bottom level XC28 fork. But Alivio/Deroe Drivetrains and Shimano hydro brakes are nice for the price tho

    shoot, then i paid too much. I knew it. There are better deals to be had on ebay if patient me thinks. I've seen new marins with higher end components go for about $500.
  • 08-30-2013
    moefosho
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    The bike that got me into mountain biking a few years ago:

    2010 Hardrock with upgraded wheelset, bb7s, fork. $250

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    The bike that got me into single speed:
    2008 Redline Monocog W/ bb7s $300

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  • 05-25-2015
    blaklabl
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    Found this thread when I was looking for something else, thought I would share my latest score. Paid $150 for this 2001 Stumpjumper M4 a couple weeks ago that was completely stock and had been hanging in a garage in North Scottsdale for about 10 years. The fork did have to be replaced for $200 (2014 RockShox Recon Silver, needed white/canti/26" which was a tall order!), and $50 for cables & some tires from performance bike to get her rolling puts me right at $400. This bike rides like a dream, old school XC race geometry that I really missed - and climbs like a scalded monkey. I did have to make a few changes (bars, stem) for positioning's sake but those came from my parts bin.

    The original Answer MARS Elite fork had zero air & oil in it and seals were all bad, and there are no parts available due to age. Otherwise this would have been about a $200 investment!Attachment 991102
  • 04-06-2016
    abramj
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    Never paid over 400.....
    97 FSR Ground Control $200, ready to go, with new tires. CL ad. Been riding it for 5 years with no issues.

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    96 StumpJumper $250, full xt kit, hand built wheels, Judy SL fork. CL ad. Have had for 6 years, and just started to go through it this past week after taking it on a 45 mile ride.

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    07 Marin ING Direct, $200, bike and trunk rack. Friend needed money, daughter needed bike. Decent beginner bike, and paint is super cool!

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    2000 StumpJumper M2 Comp $250, completely stock, XT/XTR kit. Fork got replaced with an old Bomber, and getting ready to go through it as I purchased it after sitting for 14 years in a barn and immediately rode it 45 miles with a friend, who was riding my other Stumpy.

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    These four bikes are my daily riders for MTB riding. I like the FSR for the rough stuff, and would like to buy a newer one some day. But until then, the FSR rocks! And I can take a friend or two to introduce them to riding and not worry about damage to the bikes.
  • 04-06-2016
    02_NRS
    old school;
    These four bikes are my daily riders for MTB riding.

    can't go wrong with vintage VS "new" big wheel garbage........nice rides!
  • 04-06-2016
    Rhodyman
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    2012 Giant Talon 1 29er - bought it last year on CL for $320. The owner rode it once on a bike path and put it away. I swapped the fork to a Rockshox TK30 Gold, seat and pedals. The guys I ride with have Santa Cruz Tallboys, Niner FS, and Cannondale Triggers to name a few. No complaints with the Talon though!

    I guess to some it's "new, big wheel garbage" :rolleyes: but I love it!!
  • 04-09-2016
    oneupme
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    Picked this Breeze Squall up for $325. The headset needed re-packing and the rear derailleur cable needed replacement. Other than that, it rides well and feels very agile. New found respect for the XC32 coil fork that it comes with. Feels pretty decent. Previous owner put on a 50mm stem and a 35mm clamp diameter bar, feels so stiff! Love the lack of flex when grinding up a hill. Will definitely consider upgrading to 35mm bars in the future for my other bikes.

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