I am a newbie and have been looking for the best used FS bike I can get for the buck. I set myself a $500 limit. I have been looking for about 3 months and seem to have hit paydirt this week.
First I found the Mongoose, then the Giant. The Mongoose will cost me about $80 less than the Giant. Clearly, the Giant was the better bike in it's day. There isn't much to tell about the Mongoose - NEW. The Giant is in another town (3 hours away) and I have a friend that will look at it and can verify how it looks but that is about it. He doesn't know anything about bikes. The owner says he has been mountain bike builder for 5 years (college student now) and it is in excellent condition and everything works as it should. All the components are the same as new, not sure if any have been replaced. FWIW - the pics I have seen look really good. He was somewhat resistant to take it to a LBS so I could have it checked out by phone. I really get the feeling he is not hiding anything - just somewhat immature. Bottom line - what is better - a new (2 year old) Mongoose or a used (but well maintained) 8 year old Giant?
I am 45 (6', 200#) and will be riding trails with my son and may join a group of guys after I get my stamina and skill level up. I will not be doing any 'extreme' jumps, drops or any of that. I would say I am average in terms of athleticism.
I really appreciate your comments.
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