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    Trek wahoo

    Hi all ,I'm new to mnt biking and looking to get a used bike,I found a wahoo and the guy said it was a 2012 but it is green and black and from what I have read that color came out in 2013. So he wants $350.00 for it said its in great condition other than a few scratches on bottom part of frame. So do you think this bike would be worth the money? Thanks

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    first things first ... does the bike fit you?
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    Well I haven't actually seen the bike in person yet,but I will ride and make sure all is good and fits and feels right.

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    Ask him what size it is and go to a Trek dealer and test a current X-Cal for size.
    Check pricing while you are there. Black Friday deals are likely Friday and Saturday.
    The Suntour fork on the Wahoo and other bikes is bike path only according to Suntour.
    So keep that in mind. There is an upgrade program if you have the original receipt for the bike.
    Here's a maintenance vid so you can see what the fork is like.
    Disassembly/maintenance of SR Suntour XCT forks - YouTube
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    it's ok, but i don't like it.

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    Really depends on how hard you are riding and where you are riding. If you are going to ride trails (or possibly evolve to riding trails) its pretty low end. Riding with lower end components is fine, one thing I dont really want to sacrifice if I were going to be riding trails at all aggressively would be the wheels.

    Double check the bike too because the green frame has at 650's which are double walled but the 2012 have 550's which I believe are only single walled.

    2012 Wahoo - Bike Archive - Trek Bicycle

    2013 Wahoo - Bike Archive - Trek Bicycle

    Definitely check your shop and see if they have any sales on xcal 5's

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    I wouldn't hesitate but get him down to 300 cause it was only 550 New. Frame is the same as new xcal series (same bikes New name for less confusion). Forks suck but for 300 worth buying new forks separately. Especially when the best version on xcal only has rockshox xc32tk forks and that version is like 1200. Get a set of recons or even rebas and still be money ahead.
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    For me, retail bikes drop about 40% of their value the minute one wheels them out of the store.

    You can probably find the original spec and MSRP on bikepedia.com. so that should help you get a handle on what an appropriate price would be. Of course, this is somewhat region dependent and with used bikes, condition is king.

    What size is it? How tall are you? I think test riding is really important, but at 5'8", I wouldn't bother to look at a 21" bike.
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