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    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.

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    Are these holding up?

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    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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    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.

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    Awesome thread, I guess it's time to start scouring CL since my LBS is pretty disappointing.

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    schwinn s40, sub $400

    Used is the way to go!

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

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



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    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!

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    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....

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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.

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    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! ) 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 ),I'll repost it later when it's done
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    jamis trail x2, got it for $200 used

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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.
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    My 1990 Schwinn Crosscut is "Almost" a Mtn bike. $75 on CL.

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    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




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    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.

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    Well go and post a few more times so's we can see's it
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    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.

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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.
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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!
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    Bought my mountain cycle rumble for 300 but upgraded / replaced parts (needed new cassete and AVID bb7s )

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    double post

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    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)

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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?
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    andrw swing by brake forum, i dont wnat to clog up this thread, thank you for all the advice

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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...
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    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.

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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!!!!
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    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?
    I'm a ******bag in real life so I dont have to be one on the interwebz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koppuh Klyde View Post
    So he rode the bike and got fa......umm, bigger?
    Think it was more a case of not riding it, then realising that if he did, he'd bend it!

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    My new Motobecane 450HT. $320


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    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.


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    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!

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    random post

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    Heres mine i have a little under $400 in it, i bought it here in Korea.

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    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?
    Bikes, lots'o bikes

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    Its my wifes mongoose lol

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    Awesome ride

    Steel frame or a alumin frame on the airborne ??

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    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

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    Lots of good finds here, thanks for sharing.

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    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

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    '97 X-Caliber, around $75 in it.



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    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.
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