Thanks in advance for the replies...
Ok, I am considering purchasing a 2005 Jamis Dakar XLT 3.0 from a guy off craigslist for 1100$ ( i will likely talk him down or trade my bike + a bit more cash). He said that he has ridden this bike in colorado and utah (perhaps a bad thing considering the abuse a bike can take in utah) about 4 times a month (summer) since 2007. The new chainstay has been put on the bike and the front fork is now a Fox Talas. he also said he just replaced the bottom bracket seals and rear shock from fox. I'm checking the bike out tomorow, here are my questions.
I am in santa fe new mexico and currently ride a stock 08 Red Line D460 HT which is in mint condition and love it on the aggressive mountain trails. The bike itself requires very little maintenance and i like that, exactly what kind of yearly maintenance costs might i be incuring if i switch to the Jamis? Examples would be great!
I was thinking of trading my bike + say about 350$ for his bike. The Jamis was constructed in 2007 but is this a good deal? I know the bike was originally $3,000 retail BUT it is 5 years old.
What should i look for in the frame/bike that might be damaged or need replacing? Any good give aways of abuse or neglect? The guy said he is a bike tech and took good care of it, but i know a few car mechs and trust me, they dont take care of their cars for sh*t....
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