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    Dinged vintage Stumpjumper frame, keep or trash?

    Hi everyone,

    I've got a vintage, early 90's Specialized Stumpjumper with all original components that I'm trying to sell. However, the top tube has a ding in it and I'm wondering whether the frame is worth selling.

    The ding is about the size of a finger pad, and about half a peanut deep. It's not rusted and there are no cracks. I've attached an image for reference.

    Dinged vintage Stumpjumper frame, keep or trash?-stumpjumper-ding.jpg

    Would this damaged frame still be of interest to buyers? Or should I just scrap it and salvage the stock Deore components (which would be easier to ship too).

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Dents can be removed if they're small enough. That looks a little on the big side. Try the below link. You can also make this with wood. Good luck

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    Hi CS2,

    Thanks for the info and link.

    If I roll out the dent like in the link, will the frame be safe to ride afterward? Being that it's a mountain bike and will see some rough handling, will it have enough frame strength/integrity?

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    Once the dent is worked with that one(or it is minor enough) you can possibly have a dent-puller pull it out externally. Some are hot-glue based, some use a metal stud. A body shop should have access to that for a limited fee.
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    Thanks for that info, Supersedona.

    I never realized there were so many options for repairing a bike structurally. I haven't ridden in a while, and even when I did, I was just a noob so I never knew much about the bikes themselves.

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    Dinged vintage Stumpjumper frame, keep or trash?

    Quote Originally Posted by am8449 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I've got a vintage, early 90's Specialized Stumpjumper with all original components that I'm trying to sell. However, the top tube has a ding in it and I'm wondering whether the frame is worth selling.

    The ding is about the size of a finger pad, and about half a peanut deep. It's not rusted and there are no cracks. I've attached an image for reference.

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    Would this damaged frame still be of interest to buyers? Or should I just scrap it and salvage the stock Deore components (which would be easier to ship too).

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    The bike is not vintage and not worth much no matter the condition. Might (might!) be worth slightly more with all original parts if in very good condition than parted out.
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    In a Craigs listing it would still net a couple hundred in the market over here to the right buyer in good condition. There is still a market for everyday use bikes in this limited economy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    The bike is not vintage and not worth much no matter the condition. Might (might!) be worth slightly more with all original parts if in very good condition than parted out.
    Come on shiggy, don't rain on his parade. I never met a Stumpjumper I didn't like. At least not a steel one.
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    Shiggy,

    I see. I used "vintage" because it sounded better than "old" , and afterall, it is a 20 year-old bike. I'm no expert on Stumpjumpers or mountain bikes, so forgive me if my usage is incorrect.

    What would you consider to be vintage?

    As for parts, I've seen each piece sell for $10-$20 on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by am8449 View Post
    Shiggy,

    I see. I used "vintage" because it sounded better than "old" , and afterall, it is a 20 year-old bike. I'm no expert on Stumpjumpers or mountain bikes, so forgive me if my usage is incorrect.

    What would you consider to be vintage?
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    As for parts, I've seen each piece sell for $10-$20 on ebay.
    As far as stumpjumpers go the lugged frame & biplane fork versions are considered classics, 1982 - 1984. 1985 & 1986 have lugged frame & fork with completely new geometry. Good luck.
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