I'm looking into buying a bike to commute to college. Here are a couple of things. First of all I have to take the bike on ice and snow, the commute is about 0.75 miles away. It snows a lot during the winter and I'll bike back at around 12am some days which means ice is on the road. Second of all I'll probably ride the bike fast and I won't ride it on the sidewalk all of the time, if I'm running a bit late I'll drive it over a lot of rocks and up curbs and stairs and stuff like that.
That is the primary use of the bike. So we're talking about 10 miles a week on the bike. If I get a mountain bike I might take it on the trails and jumps but that is about once a month. I'm not really sure whether I'll become a serious mountain biker or not.
Anyways my cash flow isn't great as I've mainly worked in unpaid research and stuff like that, so I can spend around $200 to $300 on the bike. I'm going to depend on my bike to get me to important meetings with professors and things like that, and I don't want it to fail on me when I leave for an important meeting.
Anyways I decided to look at Craigslist and I found a 98 Klein Pulse Race (actually my buddy did). Anyways my buddy says I should get this bike no matter what. He has a $2.2k bike or something, and is a pretty good expert, I just want a second opinion.
Here is the listing: 98 Klein Pulse Race. This bike is light! Frame is 3.1 pounds and the wheel set is full XTR. It has an upgraded Judy SL 130 mm of travel. Grip shift and V-Brakes. Great bike for all around. Medium size frame.
From what I've googled XTR is like pro racing level components. Price is $240. I just want to double check (my friend is kind of a bike expert, and I trust him) whether that bike is worth $240. Its in pretty good condition. I mean for the most part I'm pretty sure that its a pretty damn good steal at that price level. I just want to make sure that the bike will last me for another 3-4 years at least with that kind of use.
Other then used I can pretty much get a Specialized HardRock on Ebay or an internet store/buy a department store bike (bad idea). Or get another used bike. I just wanted to see what "level" of bike I need for that type of commute and double check on the pulse race/see if buying a new bike like the Hard Rock or a department store bike would last me longer. I have serious doubts about the department store bike, but my parents seem to think its a good idea because they think used products are bad news. The bike needs to last 3-5 years. I mean I'm pretty sure from what I understand that the Pulse Race is a great bike especially with the XTR components, but I just want to know whether that is a good price to pay for the bike. From what I understand the bike and its components could go for a lot more but the people who actually understand that the bike is worth that much all have a more expensive bike anyways. The reason being is Klein isn't as well known as Specialized and Trek.
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