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    Used Trek 6700 or New Cannondale Caffeine 4

    Hi all,

    these two bikes differ a lot in price but I am total beginner and would appreciate your opinion what is better to get me started:

    05 or 06 used Trek 6700 with upgraded fork, Hayes hydraulic breaks, and Bontrager XXX Race Lite stem and handlebars - for $500

    or

    08 new Cannondale Caffeine 4 29er - for $1000 sold by REI with lifetime warranty on all components.

    Also, is it worth buying used mountain bike?

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    Buy new if you can afford it. It's always good to have the peace of mind that comes with buying something new, if something breaks you still have a warranty.

    I wouldnt buy a used bike unless you know it's in good working condition and that the frame has no issues with it (dents/cracks). you might think you're saving by buying used but if a week down the road you need to overhaul the hubs, fork, brakes, ect you might end up paying more in the long run.

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    Buy new if you can. You will have a warranty.

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    I'd pick the C'Dale just because its a 29er...but the other reasons are good too

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