1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    2002 Haro V1, $50

    front & rear wheels slightly out of true, rear shifters needed slight tuning

    7 speed rear, rear freewheel, good tires, good seat
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    Here's my latest Craigslist score: 2011 Giant Revel 0, had been ridden twice. I paid $300.
    "To expand your comfort zone, you have to leave it."

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    ...And my last Craigslist score: 2008 Motobecane 700HT for $275
    "To expand your comfort zone, you have to leave it."

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    Got itas a gift
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    Nice gift bro!
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    Mongoose DX 3.3
    Retails $250
    Bought this year for $80
    Used it as a daily commuter for a few months before trying it on a few trails at Brandywine Creek State Park, PA. Got hooked immediately. No budget for a high ender. So, I work my ass off just to keep up! Figure it's better exercize for when I do have the budget to upgrade.

    I'll post a pic when I reach 10 posts.

    Right now I'm trying to find a decent 1" suspension for for around $100 or less. Don't want to spend the money I need to upgrade with.

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    Here's my 09 HiLand Nitro AL. Not quite up to par with most of yall's bikes, but it gets me down the trail. I hope to be able to upgrade to a Giant or Trek with my tax return.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix84 View Post
    Mongoose DX 3.3
    Retails $250
    Bought this year for $80
    Used it as a daily commuter for a few months before trying it on a few trails at Brandywine Creek State Park, PA. Got hooked immediately. No budget for a high ender. So, I work my ass off just to keep up! Figure it's better exercize for when I do have the budget to upgrade.

    I'll post a pic when I reach 10 posts.

    Right now I'm trying to find a decent 1" suspension for for around $100 or less. Don't want to spend the money I need to upgrade with.
    Save that cash instead of upgrading get a better used bike. It would be cheaper.

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    1997 Cannondale M500

    Mint condition, off craigslist for $120. took it to my local trails (markham park S.FL) and I was the only rigid out there. out my group, a gary fisher blew a tire and a brand new specialized had the chain slip off. neither was a big deal but i had to point out how my 15 yr old bike rode flawlessly lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSUDJB13 View Post
    Picked this up used for $300 dollars. It's been ridden a lot but still pretty smooth
    Nice find. and good price.

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    1997 Cannondale M500

    Mint condition, off craigslist for $120. took it to my local trails (markham park S.FL) and I was the only rigid out there. out my group, a gary fisher blew a tire and a brand new specialized had the chain slip off. neither was a big deal but i had to point out how my 15 yr old bike rode flawlessly lol.
    sweet. you might want to change your seat tilt and raise it if you haven't done so already.

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    Picked up this Cannondale F500 for $325. It wasnt a steal, but I got a decent bike that has very few hours on it for less than half of original MSRP, so that is ok by me.

    So many great deals on this thread! I am going to be cruising CL for that steal now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by crabman View Post
    Picked up this Cannondale F500 for $325. It wasnt a steal, but I got a decent bike that has very few hours on it for less than half of original MSRP, so that is ok by me.

    So many great deals on this thread! I am going to be cruising CL for that steal now!
    way too much for non-disc brake frame (90's era), the going price is around $150 - $180. I got two 2003 F400 (which has tabs for rear disc brakes), one for $120 (see pic below) & the other for $100 (the guy thought the fork was defective, but in fact only needed air!)

    I got a 2001 F1000 for $150 (!!), the MSRP was like $2400. The seller was a computer tech guy who just "dumped it on the market".
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    Here's my 2009 Giant STP I got for $350! Took it out today and love it. The geometry feels great. What a steal!Post your less than 0 mountain bike-imageuploadedbytapatalk1347865432.112235.jpgPost your less than 0 mountain bike-imageuploadedbytapatalk1347865447.889469.jpgPost your less than 0 mountain bike-imageuploadedbytapatalk1347865468.275336.jpgPost your less than 0 mountain bike-imageuploadedbytapatalk1347865489.262766.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROrtiz10 View Post
    Here's my 2009 Giant STP I got for $350!
    Looks like a steal indeed! Is it good for XC riding too?
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    '11 giant revel 1




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    I just picked this one up yesterday evening for $80 (Hoping its a good deal) . It's a bit scratched up but it's an upgrade from my cheapy Pacific bike. Saw it on CL and thought I don't have much to lose. The guy I bought it from said it was two years old but I don't know much more about it. I just found out a short while ago its an 04. Not too sure about what upgrades if any were done.
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    ^^^ Thats definitely an upgrade over a Pacific. You may wanna pull the kickstand as it could hurt you if it drops down during a jump. Also check the welds/frame for cracks. Just to be safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koppuh Klyde View Post
    ^^^ Thats definitely an upgrade over a Pacific. You may wanna pull the kickstand as it could hurt you if it drops down during a jump. Also check the welds/frame for cracks. Just to be safe!
    Thats one of the first things I was looking for when I went to check it out. Looked ok from my perspective, but of course its my untrained eye looking for it. I'm just hoping I didn't get too ripped off with picking this up for $80. I see a lot of bikes on here that seem close to perfect for just a little more than I paid.

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    2011 Trek Gary Fisher Advance. I paid $375 with a Sarris Bones rack.
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    wow, you can get a helluva bike for cheap these days, love it!

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    got a new bike



    pretty simple to put together although getting the front brake attached was something i've never done before so that was the most time consuming part.

    A big upgrade from the 2008 Trek 820. Took it out for a little bit today and loved every minute. Grinning from ear to ear and cant wait to tear up some trails this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamtheYeti View Post
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    pretty simple to put together although getting the front brake attached was something i've never done before so that was the most time consuming part.

    A big upgrade from the 2008 Trek 820. Took it out for a little bit today and loved every minute. Grinning from ear to ear and cant wait to tear up some trails this weekend.

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    Nice bike Congratulations! I got the 450ht from BD and very happy, I was actually looking at that Gravity too, keep us posted on your experience, I almost got the white but since they had orange.. I had to run w/that you should also post it in the Motobecane forum I've seen a few Gravitys there.

    I just noticed is that a rigid fork?
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    [QUOTE=oyveychris;9649601]...And my last Craigslist score: 2008 Motobecane 700HT for $275

    Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Nice bike Congratulations! I got the 450ht from BD and very happy, I was actually looking at that Gravity too, keep us posted on your experience, I almost got the white but since they had orange.. I had to run w/that you should also post it in the Motobecane forum I've seen a few Gravitys there.

    I just noticed is that a rigid fork?
    I will do that

    Yep, it is a rigid fork. I was going for simplicity with this bike. With the old Trek 820 I had, the fork was pretty worthless so it felt like I was riding rigid anyway.

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