• 04-16-2016
    rob_ralph
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    Attachment 1064434

    $60 for the Karakoram
    $20 for the Avalanche
  • 04-17-2016
    Ecurb_ATX840
    so cool! Where did you fine these two?

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rob_ralph View Post
    Attachment 1064434

    $60 for the Karakoram
    $20 for the Avalanche

  • 04-17-2016
    rob_ralph
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ecurb_ATX840 View Post
    so cool! Where did you fine these two?

    I'm in So Cal, got them in San Diego and Long Beach. Picked up this Karakoram Elite the day after Christmas for $40 but ended up flipping it.
    Attachment 1064500
  • 04-18-2016
    Jos311
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    2013 Raleigh Eva 3.0
    Just bought my girlfriend this Raliegh for $125 - brand new.
  • 04-24-2016
    diernosaj
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    I got me a Diamondback Trace for $299. Attachment 1065988
  • 04-25-2016
    mack_turtle
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by diernosaj View Post
    I got me a Diamondback Trace for $299. Attachment 1065988

    FWIW, the Trace is not a mountain bike. it's a good hybrid for commuting and some dirt paths, but it's not something that would be wise to take on "trails."
  • 04-25-2016
    diernosaj
    Yep, thats pretty much why I bought it. And the good deal.
  • 04-25-2016
    mack_turtle
    good move the. carry on.
  • 04-27-2016
    loop2kil
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    I bought this from a co-worker for $125 a few weeks ago. It's a 2007 Gary Fisher Wahoo and I'm already itching to upgrade but I think I'm going to stick with this one for a bit to get a better feel for what I need/want. This is my first venture into MTB and I think I'm addicted. I feel depressed on days where I'm not able to ride. Luckily I live within 10 minutes of a state park with 16 miles of MTB trails to 'feed my need.'

    Attachment 1066559
  • 04-29-2016
    TobyXC
    1 Attachment(s)
    Diamondback Outlook 2013
    Attachment 1066966
    Diamondback Outlook 2013
    FOR SALE
    250
  • 05-01-2016
    bikerme01
    Sweet deal! I included a pic below
    Forge Sawback 7XX Mountain - 27.5" Bike : Target
  • 05-01-2016
    bikerme01
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    This looks sweet! FORGE has been around for years. They just came out with a 27.5.
    Forge Sawback 7XX Mountain - 27.5" Bike : Target
  • 05-03-2016
    jcd46
    Hi all,

    I've my own thread going but figure I will quickly post this here for those of you that know how to purchase an "older" MTB. Good Deal? This thread made me think I want a nice older rigid MTB for ridding around town for fitness. I'll appreciate your feedback.

    TREK 7000 mountain bike
  • 05-03-2016
    ljsmith
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Hi all,

    I've my own thread going but figure I will quickly post this here for those of you that know how to purchase an "older" MTB. Good Deal? This thread made me think I want a nice older rigid MTB for ridding around town for fitness. I'll appreciate your feedback.

    TREK 7000 mountain bike

    Personally I would stay away from the older Treks because they are bonded tubes, NOT tig welded like the ad you posted says. Basically the frame is glued together, which was fine back when these were new. But now that they are getting older and have a lot of miles on them they can get a little flexy.
  • 05-03-2016
    jcd46
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ljsmith View Post
    Personally I would stay away from the older Treks because they are bonded tubes, NOT tig welded like the ad you posted says. Basically the frame is glued together, which was fine back when these were new. But now that they are getting older and have a lot of miles on them they can get a little flexy.

    Good enough - Thanks for the info lj!
  • 05-04-2016
    rob_ralph
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Hi all,

    I've my own thread going but figure I will quickly post this here for those of you that know how to purchase an "older" MTB. Good Deal? This thread made me think I want a nice older rigid MTB for ridding around town for fitness. I'll appreciate your feedback.

    TREK 7000 mountain bike

    I personally think that is a lot of money for a bike with LX/Exage components. On Sunday there was a GT Karakoram ('92) for $75 in the OC, that bike came with a DX/XT group.
    Keep looking!!
  • 05-04-2016
    jcd46
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rob_ralph View Post
    I personally think that is a lot of money for a bike with LX/Exage components. On Sunday there was a GT Karakoram ('92) for $75 in the OC, that bike came with a DX/XT group.
    Keep looking!!

    Thanks I appreciate the response. Yeah I've moved on.... this is a back up bike so no need to rush.
  • 05-17-2016
    randum
    my camera flash just broke my bike :(
  • 05-17-2016
    RonSonic
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    Here, I'll play too. Bike and shipping under four hunnert:

    Attachment 1071023
  • 05-20-2016
    bikerme01
    Better buy is the FORGE Sawback 5xx or 7xx. $200 range all aluminum, disc brakes, velo seat.
    Forge Sawback 7XX Mountain - 27.5" Bike : Target

    Forge Sawback 5XX 17" Mountain Bike - 26" : Target
  • 05-20-2016
    Rockbrook
    Picked this baby up from a pawn shop last year for $350.
    Just needed some new shock hardware which I rode on for quite some time.
  • 05-20-2016
    mnbike


    350 - Kona four deluxe 2008

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  • 05-21-2016
    Rhodyman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bikerme01 View Post
    Better buy is the FORGE Sawback 5xx or 7xx. $200 range all aluminum, disc brakes, velo seat.
    Forge Sawback 7XX Mountain - 27.5" Bike : Target

    Forge Sawback 5XX 17" Mountain Bike - 26" : Target

    We get that you like the Forge 😉. Personally, I'd spend the extra $ and get the Schwinn as a cheap new bike to get started.
  • 05-21-2016
    Sparrowbuck
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    New(old)Norco Mountaineer
    I picked this up today for $150. I spent all morning digging through specs/pics and I still have no idea what year it is, if anyone has any input on that it'd be awesome.(ETA aha, I think it's a 2006. Found a matching pic on a Russian site, of all places).

    Attachment 1071564

    Forks are SR Suntour NRX8100, Shimano C050 sis front derailleur, Tourney rear, 6061 alloy frame.
  • 05-21-2016
    RobD22
    Well, It originally sold for just under $400 but I got it used for $150 and Got a great deal on a few upgrade parts, most expensive of which was the 120mm manitou Marvel Comp forks I've got coming to replace the blown out stock SR Suntour forks. With the price of the bike used and the great deals on all the upgrade parts it's as close to $400 as can be. Maybe slightly over... Maybe.
  • 05-21-2016
    Steel Calf
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RobD22 View Post
    Well, It originally sold for just under $400 but I got it used for $150 and Got a great deal on a few upgrade parts, most expensive of which was the 120mm manitou Marvel Comp forks I've got coming to replace the blown out stock SR Suntour forks. With the price of the bike used and the great deals on all the upgrade parts it's as close to $400 as can be. Maybe slightly over... Maybe.

    ^^ I think we've got a winner here. Thread closed
  • 06-07-2016
    billy_dempsey
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RonSonic View Post
    Here, I'll play too. Bike and shipping under four hunnert:

    Attachment 1071023

    thats a beautiful bike :thumbsup:
  • 06-07-2016
    billy_dempsey
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DanZo337 View Post


    $400 even steven... CDN.

    that looks awesome
  • 06-07-2016
    billy_dempsey
    this is great looking at all these bikes. im looking for my first bike and am in the market for one in this price range. this is getting me excited to pick one up and hit the trails!
  • 06-07-2016
    CarlowkillaG
    check craigslist, 5mile, and ebay. I found a trek 3700 in perfect riding condition ( after buying new tires) for $40 and a 1997 specialized stumpjumper m2 for $80 ( but that one needs a new fork) both of them after im done fixing them will be under $400. they ride smooth, and can take punishment! they are a nice bargain, and i enjoy riding them everywhere!

    good luck finding them.
  • 06-08-2016
    shipman
    Cool thread! I was planning to build a late-80's early 90's style rigid MTB from parts, but then I ended up finding a Trek 950 at a local bike swap meet for $150 that was ready to ride-couldn't pass that up. I'll post a pic once I get past my first 10 posts as a noob...
  • 06-08-2016
    Beardog
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    Craigslist. $75. 2009 Gary Fisher Wahoo with disc brakes. I put a big, soft, "old man" Diamondback seat on it (because I am old, I have a bony butt, and the stock seat was the most uncomfortable seat ever..), new brake pads, and Bell/WalMart Kevlar tires on it They were original and kind of dry rotted. The bike had been hanging in a barn for several years. Otherwise, bone stock. Adjusted the derailleurs, oiled the chain, cleaned it up. Everything works perfectly.

    Total investment: $150, with tax. This picture is from yesterday, before I replaced the tires (today).

    Attachment 1075160
  • 06-13-2016
    TheHolc
    3 Attachment(s)
    My misfit stable...
    Hey Guys, so I'm brand new to the sport and kind of went on a buying binge or frenzy as you might have it on a couple used bikes. I couldn't go all out financially being a full time student and wanted to see how much I liked it before I dove in head first. But anywho, here are a couple of my Craigslist finds this past month.

    I picked this 2015 DB Sorrento(L) for a measly $50, great condition just a couple of scratched stickers. I know it's super low-end but I plan on using it for easy trails while riding with the girlfriend, but hey! $50!
    Attachment 1076068

    I picked this 1995 Stumpjumper up with the intention of swapping out the newer Rockshox Dart 3 onto my full susser Proflex but lo and behold the damn steerer tube was too short :-( I still haven't figured out if I can swap on a new steerer or not but I decided to play it smooth and tell the gal pal I bought it for her so she doesn't have to abuse her rigid hybrid Fuji on the trails. ;-) $120
    Attachment 1076069

    And finally, my red-headed bastard stepchild, 1995 Proflex 855. Bought it from a old BMX guy that used it for speed trails. It has a couple of "home grown" custom jobs including the rear spring/skateboard wheel setup and the front original extremely rare Girvin fork disappeared at some point of its life and was replaced with this shoddy rigid that the previous owner did a shoddy job of welding on a brake line tube to the front, the no stem handle bars are tightened onto the threaded steerer tube as well SMH... Its a super fun bike as is but is slightly small for me. I plan on getting a riser stem with some riser bars to bring my posture up a bit and make it much more comfortable. Lots of plans for this one! $80!

    After all of this I just remember last night with my job I have access to corporate discounts which include 40% off of Diamondback bikes! Might have to sell off my two and save a few pennies for a new bike in the future!
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  • 06-22-2016
    Wydget
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RobD22 View Post
    Well, It originally sold for just under $400 but I got it used for $150 and Got a great deal on a few upgrade parts, most expensive of which was the 120mm manitou Marvel Comp forks I've got coming to replace the blown out stock SR Suntour forks. With the price of the bike used and the great deals on all the upgrade parts it's as close to $400 as can be. Maybe slightly over... Maybe.

    What brand is this bike? I've got a guy selling one locally for under $100.
  • 06-22-2016
    Steel Calf
    ^ geometry of this bike looks really weird. Notice chainstay length and headtube angle. Main pivot seems to be far too low
  • 06-22-2016
    RobD22
    It's a Mongoose XR Pro wydget. The geometry does look a bit weird steel calf but it rides great.
  • 06-24-2016
    Steel Calf
    That sure looks like a chinese Astro frame to me.

    With huge chainstays like that it's probably gonna ride uphill like a goat but turn like a bus. And a wheel weight distribution that is heavily biased towards the front coupled with a very steep headangle will make you go over the bars pretty easy. The main pivot is placed far too low thus causing lots of pedal induced bob.

    I don't know why anybody sane would do this, even if you don't have a clue about geometry you could still study the numbers of others bikes on the market before producing the frame.

    But so it almost seems as if they screwed up geometry on purpose to prevent the bike from cutting into the sales of higher priced models. Shame
  • 06-24-2016
    RobD22
    So... I should look into a new frame then is what you're saying?


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  • 06-25-2016
    Steel Calf
    No, just be careful - always wear a helmet and don't go too fast on the downs.
  • 06-25-2016
    RobD22
    I'm always geared up, no worries there. It does tend to want to kick over but as long as I keep my weight back when I'm hitting drop-offs, big root sections, and logs it balances out well. I do have to watch over use of the front brake though, I have to keep a good ballance to not lift the rear yet keep the front from wanting to wash out.


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  • 06-25-2016
    johnnydavisjr
    Picked this 2010 Redline Monocog up last sat for $260. Only thing I see that it needs is new pedals and eventually a bb. New seat wouldn't hurt either.



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  • 06-27-2016
    Steel Calf
    ^ that's a single speed, it's a good commuter but doesn't count as a mountainbike.
  • 06-27-2016
    johnnydavisjr
    http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...og+Flight+29er

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  • 06-27-2016
    Steel Calf
    yes it does say "Mountainbike" on paper but honestly how are you gonna climb a "mountain" with a 32/16 transmission where people with a 32/36 low gear are already struggling with?
  • 06-27-2016
    johnnydavisjr
    Work harder on leg day. More reps and heavier squats.

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  • 06-27-2016
    Steel Calf
    I wanna meet you in person and scientifically examine your legs (taking a muscle probe?) if you can ride up the same incline I do with a ~2.5 times harder gear

    here's the mountain you can prove your "superhuman strength" like abilities on, it's right out of my window, I barely managed it up with a 38/42 gear last time on my CX rig
  • 06-27-2016
    johnnydavisjr
    Allrighty. See ya when you get here. Jackson ms.

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  • 07-01-2016
    redmonkey23
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    $250
    2013 Specialized Hardrock Sport 29
    Attachment 1079750
  • 07-05-2016
    Professor9
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    My first real bike.

    Bought on CL in Dallas for 375. I work for the airline, so off it went into a box, and now home with me in Pittsburgh.

    I hope I did ok. Venzo Scud, 29er. Not sure on the rest of the parts, being a newb to all this.

    Prof
  • 07-06-2016
    Steel Calf
    The very steep headangle of the frame combined with that XCT fork is a deathtrap, make sure to sign your will before going on a ride.
  • 07-06-2016
    eb1888
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    I'd like to see these bikes and the new price point after a year.
    That's the reality of riding and these purchases. $1500 is more like it. New bars, seat, seatpost, stem, crankset, derailleurs, shifters&cables, brakes/rotors, wheels/tires and fork....and grips. With bad geo on a frame that beats you up.
    For the guys who start with this $750 bike what would it be?
    Diamondback Bikes, 2016 Mason Trail
    Deore m615 brakes. HS1 rotors off ebay, carbon bars, stem, seatpost/seat and grips. Less and a better more capable compliant ride for that year.

    Attachment 1080425
  • 07-06-2016
    B888S
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by redmonkey23 View Post
    $250
    2013 Specialized Hardrock Sport 29
    Attachment 1079750

    Nice Score! Both of my sons had that exact bike. I sold each of theirs a little over a year ago for $400 each. Only sold them because they outgrew the frame. They both rode the snot out of those bikes, including trips to Mammoth and Northstar. It will serve you well. Have fun!
  • 07-06-2016
    Rhodyman
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    Here's mine
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    I'd like to see these bikes and the new price point after a year.
    That's the reality of riding and these purchases. $1500 is more like it. New bars, seat, seatpost, stem, crankset, derailleurs, shifters&cables, brakes/rotors, wheels/tires and fork....and grips. With bad geo on a frame that beats you up.
    For the guys who start with this $750 bike what would it be?
    Diamondback Bikes, 2016 Mason Trail
    Deore m615 brakes. HS1 rotors off ebay, carbon bars, stem, seatpost/seat and grips. Less and a better more capable compliant ride for that year.

    Attachment 1080425


    i like that Mason, sweet deal!

    Heres my Giant Talon 29er after a 1+ year of steady, hard riding on New England single track. I picked it up for $320 last year - only ridden once on pavement. I swapped out the XCT fork for a Rockshox Gold ($200), and added Wellgo pedals, and a WTB seat, the rest is stock. It handles everything I throw at it and the new fork has made an immense difference. I'm totally happy with my purchase!
  • 07-06-2016
    Professor9
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Steel Calf View Post
    The very steep headangle of the frame combined with that XCT fork is a deathtrap, make sure to sign your will before going on a ride.

    Re: Venzo Scud - thanks a ton. When i croak, I'll be sure to let you know. Any positive opinions? I've looked around, and i assume i could upgrade the fork. Or just keep my weight aft.

    Prof
  • 07-09-2016
    RonSonic
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Steel Calf View Post
    I wanna meet you in person and scientifically examine your legs (taking a muscle probe?) if you can ride up the same incline I do with a ~2.5 times harder gear

    here's the mountain you can prove your "superhuman strength" like abilities on, it's right out of my window, I barely managed it up with a 38/42 gear last time on my CX rig

    Not everyone has a thing like that in our backyard. It'd be cool if we did. Me, I've got forests and marshes and a max elevation measured in hand-spans. Seriously, we're 10 - 30 feet above sea level and the hills are restricted to the poise angle of sand.

    If we want to find an alternate name for "mountain bike" I'm all for it. It is a little weird to call the riding I do "mountain biking" since there isn't a mountain to be found for about 800 miles. But, given the vocabulary we have, the Redline monocog is very much a mountain bike.
  • 07-21-2016
    goahead
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    Just being goofy...
    Do you like what you see?Attachment 1083402
  • 07-21-2016
    TheHolc
    Down payments don't count lol
  • 07-21-2016
    RobD22
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheHolc View Post
    Down payments don't count lol

    LOL


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  • 07-21-2016
    goahead
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheHolc View Post
    Down payments don't count lol

    Hehe, I am glad some of you guys have good sense of humor.
    I was expecting bunch of hate messages!
  • 07-21-2016
    RobD22
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by goahead View Post
    Hehe, I am glad some of you guys have good sense of humor.
    I was expecting bunch of hate messages!

    Could only be taken as a joke. No hating, have to have a sense of humor now a days. Now if you said you scored it off a crack head I might have believed you lol


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  • 07-21-2016
    goahead
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  • 07-22-2016
    DanInVA
    The white and green gt belongs to my dad. The black one leaning on the other side of the post is mine. After he got a chance to ride mine he was hooked and had to have one.

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  • 07-24-2016
    cassious64
    No picture yet, but I just picked up a 1995 Ironhorse ARS 700 for $100 CAD. Bikepedia has it listed as originally costing just under $1000. I'm not too sure if this is a super amazing deal or not, but I'm just getting into the sport and I'm a student with an extremely low budget, so I couldn't pass it up as there was nothing at a better price in my area. Just need to pick up mtb tires for it! I'm so excited to get out and try trail riding for the first time!
  • 07-28-2016
    Highland
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  • 08-09-2016
    Wolf_
    4 Attachment(s)
    Here is my sub $400 bike (if I stop putting upgrades in to it)
    Attachment 1087203
    Attachment 1087204

    '08 Jamis Dakar XC with Fox F100 fork (rest was stock except the 3x ring was swapped out for a chain ring guard) $260

    Upgrades so far:
    Fork seals $25, Damper rebuild $18 (much o-rings), new shock oil
    new front hub cones $12
    x10 rear cassette CS-HG50 11-36 (taken from my 29" it got a XT M771)
    M615 Shadow plus med cage Rear derailleur $33
    M780 shifters $25

    In the mail still
    front and rear XT 785 brakes ($160 new) and a RockShox Monarch RL ($110 new take off from ebay) (which will put me way over $400, but maybe back under if I sell the takes offs)

    Soon to come $20 pair of new hoops (w/ hubs cut out) + new trail king tires $$ unknown on that

    Planning on keeping the flats on it and using the bike for working skills (manuals, bunny hops and whatnot), I don't know why but my 29" feels like its way bigger then this 26" even though the wheel base and frames are pretty close in size between the two bikes...
  • 08-12-2016
    Skelerorrz
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    New member. New rider.
    Hello all, I am new to the forums, and new to the sport all together. I'm a new rider from SoCal, I have been lurking for a while but thought i would join and introduce myself. Recently, i picked up this 2014 Jamis Trail X2 on Craigslist. I'm here with an open mind to get ideas, suggestions and to learn, above all.
    cheers guys

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  • 08-13-2016
    Elauder
    Just picked this up as my first bike. These holding up well? It's in decent shape just curious what goes first on them.



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  • 09-17-2016
    jml79
    The older hardrocks hold up very well. The stock shock is awful by today's standards but it's getting hard to find good shocks that have V-brake mounts. I had to settle for a suntour XCR because I couldn't find any air shocks with v-brake mounts. But that XCR is light years better than the stock Gila T4 I had. Other option is to buy a new front rim and mechanical disk brakes then many more forks are available. Hydraulic disk brakes become a major upgrade because you need to buy new shifters as well.

    Other than that, grease/replace all of the bearings and check the hubs for pitting. Often you can just buy a new axle and bearing caps for a few $$ if there is pitting. Clean up the drive train and replace what's worn. Clean and lube the mechs and cables and shifters.

    I have a 2004 hardrock that I bought for $100. I replaced some of the drivetrain, front forks and cleaned and lubed everything and it rides great. Once I have enough post I'll add pictures of it and my spare bike, another older hardrock. Both are currently under $400 Canadian and far better than anything I can buy new for that price.