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    Yeah for Diamondbacks!

    Also have the 2011 Diamondback Response Sport like Qubo_2408. Love this bike!

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    I'm hooked on this thread!

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    Got this '05 Specialized Hardrock Comp at the local pawn shop for $210. After a few tweakings I got this baby riding smoothly.
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    Ok Let's see If I figured this out. I traded some old comic books for this '09 Cannondale F7. The LCS (local comicbook shop) said they give me $300 of my collection. I got the F7 and $150 for my books. So I paid $150 for the bike. Not a bad deal no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vi,rus View Post
    Post your less than $400 bike. It may be stock, used, with upgrades, but it should be less than $400. Thanks for helping newbies entering MTB with a limited budjet.
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    Consignment Find

    I bought my bike from a LBS that was selling it for someone. $450 w/a helmet, gloves (Just over the thread limit, haha). The brakes still squeaked and the tires had the little nubs still. Went home, saw how much it was new...went back and made a deal to buy it with a free helmet and pair of gloves thrown in.



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    ^^^

    looks clean as hell
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyle_vk View Post
    Disclaimer: This bike was $450...but we all know that you'll drop the extra $50 on something that hits your sweet spot.




    Love that paint scheme 09 also only hardtail durango
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlallak View Post
    Got this '05 Specialized Hardrock Comp at the local pawn shop for $210. After a few tweakings I got this baby riding smoothly.
    Hate to burst your bubble, but that's not a 2005. Looks to be 2001 or older.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    Hate to burst your bubble, but that's not a 2005. Looks to be 2001 or older.
    He's right.

    Here is a picture that I found of another 2001 Hardrock:

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    should add on mine i think with buying and fixes bikes and then trading them around i have a total of about 200 that that bike ended up costing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    Hate to burst your bubble, but that's not a 2005. Looks to be 2001 or older.
    over paid as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    Hate to burst your bubble, but that's not a 2005. Looks to be 2001 or older.
    I think there is a separate "Rain On People's Parade" thread.

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    My last 2 bikes for you guys...

    My Cannondale Chase 3 picked it up off CL for $350



    Rocky Mountain ETSX-50 Picked it up off a Local rider for $400

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    Hate to burst your bubble, but that's not a 2005. Looks to be 2001 or older.
    No worries, after being pointed in the right direction i.e. Bikepedia. I believe it's a 2000 Specialized Hardrock A1 comp. Though all that matters is I love riding this bike.
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    well, after everything's said and done on this, i think i'm actually up 50 bucks or so. so -50 dollar bike?
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    Keep posting guys. I'm trying to get into the sport. The thread is really helping with my decision. Thanks!

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    Found this @ bikesbluebook.com Search Listing

    not as bad as I thought.
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    nvm

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    I bought my fully rigid Haro Impulse from a LBS in 1993. According to them, a college student had purchased it new from them, but it sat in his dorm room for a year and then he had to move, so he sold it back to the shop. So it was brand new, not a speck of dirt on on it, didn't look like it had ever been ridden and they let me have it for $330. I rode it like hell in Montana and have been riding it ever since. I can't believe it has held together this long. I just bought a new bike this week, but I'm sure I will go back to this thing from time to time. It will always hold a special place in my heart.


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    05 Trek Fuel 80 - $400
    Upgraded by previous owner
    The Captain rear
    WTB Weirwolf front
    Shimano clipless pedals
    Specialized rival saddle

    Found on craigslist
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbeck View Post
    05 Trek Fuel 80 - $400
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    Shimano clipless pedals
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    Bought this yesterday and picked it up today..

    Diamondback Overdrive Expert 29er..



    Got it locally from Performance Bicycle for $400 after getting them to price match it to their "sister" company Nashbar who had it on sale. With my Performance points rebate the bike is a net cost to me of $360.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    I think there is a separate "Rain On People's Parade" thread.
    I'm not knocking it, just informing. Like if he goes to buy a derailleur hanger or other frame-specific parts.

    It's a cool bike either way, and not a bad deal for $210 if it's in good condition.
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    06 Trek 6500 SLR




    Got it from a local biker for $250

    Changes:

    -Magura Laurin ML85XC
    -Avid Juicy 7 Disk Brake System
    -RaceFace Evolve XC Crank
    -CrisKing Headset
    -Ritchey WCS Handle Bar, grips, Stem, and Seat post
    -WTB Pure V saddle

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    Nice rides

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    Nice bikes

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    Post your less than 0 mountain bike-20120618_233456.jpg
    Here is my Access Raptor my first MB and is OK minus the fork

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    Post your less than 0 mountain bike-imageuploadedbytapatalk1344226955.648157.jpg my ironhorse 2.1 my first dip into mtb biking. But its been a blast so far !! My next bike will be a road bike. Ive been working on my endurance. It was listed for 299.99 but i got it for 229.

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    It hasn't arrived but I'm so excited I'm posting it here as well, real bike pics as soon as it is assembled.

    me going downhill
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    Just got a '96 klein pulse on my local craigs list. the pics that were posted showed the bike as being in good shape, but i was very surprised that when it turned out to be practically mint. The previous owner even had saved the linen bag with all of the paperwork (except bill of sale),and mauals for the shimano parts too. . the tires had been changed for road use, but he saved the original dirt tires too.
    I would like to post some pics, but can't seem to figure out how. Help?

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    Just got back in to riding after a... umm... extended break. Picked this up for $200 off the local Craigslist:


    [edit: ok so apparently I don't have enough posts to link a pic. It's an older Trek 4500 Alpha]

    I think I overpaid a bit but overall the bike is tuned up and shifting smoothly. The Judy TT is similar to a pogostick, but for $200 all in I can't complain. I remember the last fork I bought before I moved to Texas and quit was over $400 so I understand the low end Judy is what it is.

    The rims are both thrashed from riding the brakes, so my first upgrade will be a new wheelset and probably some Avid BB7's if the rear won't be impossible to do. (well, impossible as in cost effective)

    My last rig had Avid Tri-align cantis after running in to countless issues with the old XT parallel push mechanisms rattling, so it's funny to see how far technology has come. Back then only the really high dollar bikes had discs, but it was only a matter of time.

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    Here's my Genesis 29er. Only upgrade is a wireless speedometer/odometer. Picked this up for $200 new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    It hasn't arrived but I'm so excited I'm posting it here as well, real bike pics as soon as it is assembled.

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    i've been recommending this bike to everyone i know looking for one. i should get commission lol.. its such a great deal. prob the best deal on their website. 320 bucks gets you pretty much better in all areas than the hardrock, for like half the price. its totally worth every dollar.

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    Cool helpful for buying guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamaharider529 View Post
    Here's my Genesis 29er. Only upgrade is a wireless speedometer/odometer. Picked this up for $200 new.

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    lol.. you still have the receipt? return it and get something that's not a pos. no offense, but that bike is a mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ou2mame View Post
    i've been recommending this bike to everyone i know looking for one. i should get commission lol.. its such a great deal. prob the best deal on their website. 320 bucks gets you pretty much better in all areas than the hardrock, for like half the price. its totally worth every dollar.
    Thanks ou2mame, I needed those comments - it is getting assembled right now at my LBS and can't wait for the weekend. The fork has me concerned but your positive comments help!

    It is a good deal, especially for a starter like me. I'll report the performance once I get it nice and dirty! Thanks again!
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    Ibex 03 Ignition-2 off CL for $175!

    Just got this Ibex 03 Ignition-2 off CL for $175! It's in excellent condition and everything works like new.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Thanks ou2mame, I needed those comments - it is getting assembled right now at my LBS and can't wait for the weekend. The fork has me concerned but your positive comments help!

    It is a good deal, especially for a starter like me. I'll report the performance once I get it nice and dirty! Thanks again!
    i always say, ride something cheap that's going to hold up for a bit, and wait for your next purchase to be expensive. by then you'll know what you want and don't want in a bike, but you won't know til you've been riding for a while. when the time comes and you outgrow the fork, you'll be in a better position to make an upgrade because you'll know what you're looking for. just ride it how it is, its a great beginner bike, and for the price, it can't be beat.

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    Interesting water rack under the frame? cool bike though!
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    2012 Raleigh Talus 4.0

    I swapped out the 90?mm stem for a 60mm riser. The result has been a more comfortable reach and more responsive steering... very happy! Also mounted the support bar for a WeeRide child bike seat. My 2.5 year old loves riding.


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    My last post of my new bike..........

    Promise.. I put her everywhere I could just very excited to have it ready to roll! $319.00 shipped -
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    Nice bikes. I noticed majority of people purchase them new; guessing one could find a decent used bike for way under $400 on Craigslist nowaday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Importztek View Post
    Nice bikes. I noticed majority of people purchase them new; guessing one could find a decent used bike for way under $400 on Craigslist nowaday.
    No in my area people think their 1990 trek or cannondale hardtail are still worth 500
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    Quote Originally Posted by Importztek View Post
    Nice bikes. I noticed majority of people purchase them new; guessing one could find a decent used bike for way under $400 on Craigslist nowaday.
    Yup.

    CL has its pitfalls, of course. People generally price high to see what they can get, so you need to know that and negotiate. And you need to know what you're looking at and how to evaluate its condition.

    Other good sources of bikes at lower than retail are used bike shops, general used sporting goods shops and pawn shops, and last year's and other clearance models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Importztek View Post
    Nice bikes. I noticed majority of people purchase them new; guessing one could find a decent used bike for way under $400 on Craigslist nowaday.
    Depends upon the area. Some places may have a decent used market but Houston is generally terrible.

    Around here, "under $400" will get you either a 15+ year old bike, a "Walmart special", or maybe a 2-6 year old entry level Trek (3500, 3700) that is priced maybe 20-30% below it's original selling price.
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    So many steals on here...I wish the craigslist here was a bit more active

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    Iím right at 400 with this bike:
    Garry Fisher Paragon HT (2000 vintage) purchased at a pawn shop about 4 years ago for $150
    Purchased some parts of e-bay and this is how it sits now: (sorry canít post pics yet)
    -WTB Speed Seat
    -Easton EC90 Seat post
    -Bontrager Super stock Wheelset
    -Sram Chain/Cassett
    -Deore XT rd
    -XTR FD
    -Deore XT hollowtech crankset
    -Avid single digit 7 V-brakes
    -Control tech stem
    -Easton CT2 Carbon straight bar
    -Bianchi Carbon bar ends
    -XTR dual control brake shift levers
    -FSA Headset
    -Rock Shox Jett RS
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    Quote Originally Posted by yamaharider529 View Post
    Here's my Genesis 29er. Only upgrade is a wireless speedometer/odometer. Picked this up for $200 new.

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    Yea I have the Korean equivalent to that bike (paid $100 for it) and well the frame is decent the rest of the bike is junk. oh, and mine has crappy tektro disc brakes. Iím currently redoing it with a bunch of used parts of e-bay so my wife can ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerpindicular View Post
    No in my area people think their 1990 trek or cannondale hardtail are still worth 500
    Same problem here in SE Pennsylvania. Craigslist is full of people who massively over value their bikes.

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