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    New question here. ST3 ESR2500 Bomber Fork, Sime tubeless tires like new worth it? (PICTURE*)

    New Old Stock 2000 ST3 ESR 2500
    Bomber tripple tree downhill fork
    26 x 2.3 large Slime brand tubeless armour plated
    RST 58 Rear shock
    Bike is in magnificent condition

    If i can get for under 500 would this be a wise deal?
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    I'm looking to upgrade from my 1998 GT LTS 3000 DS, does this seem like a decent upgrade on a budget? I ride single track primarily, mild DH and freeride

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    I was checking out these frames on eBay....anyone know anything about them?

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    No. Y-frames didn't stick around for a reason. You may have trouble finding maintenance parts for a 14-year-old fork. You will have trouble finding maintenance parts for the rear suspension linkage. To my knowledge, RST has only ever made garbage under their own name.

    $500 is tough. I do see DH bikes getting resold for not a ton of money, but I'm not sure what shape they're in. I'd be looking for something from the last five years or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    No. Y-frames didn't stick around for a reason. You may have trouble finding maintenance parts for a 14-year-old fork. You will have trouble finding maintenance parts for the rear suspension linkage. To my knowledge, RST has only ever made garbage under their own name.

    $500 is tough. I do see DH bikes getting resold for not a ton of money, but I'm not sure what shape they're in. I'd be looking for something from the last five years or so.
    Thanks for the info. What was wrong with the Y-frame design? It seems they could be heavier than necessary. These are advertised as made in the US, which does not automatically make them quality pieces, but they look well-made.

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