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    What to do with my 2012 Flash Ultimate?

    Hi all,

    Appreciate that this is a fairly open ended question, but I'm considering selling my Flash Ultimate, and moving for a 29er. Those of you that have seen my Flash on the forums will know it's quite valuable and I'm wondering if it would be better to get rid of it now whilst it's still worth something and build a 29er.

    For those of you that haven't seen it.

    2012 Flash Ultimate size M (Full XX etc)
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    DT Swiss XCR 1.2 Ultimate Edition wheels laced to DT Swiss 240 hubs
    Hope Race X2 Evo brakes

    If I was to build a 29er, I'd either build a Flash 29er or a Scalpel. Not sure yet. I just don't want to get two years down the road and my 26 be worthless because no one wants them anymore.

    Thoughts appreciated.
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    sell it now. you wont regret getting a F29 or Scalpel 29er. the only issue is that you may have to take a hit now regardless...

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    The way I interpret this: you need my address?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous View Post
    The way I interpret this: you need my address?
    Sure, send me five and a half grand and I'll mail it straight over to you
    and no, I am not missing the other half of my fork....

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    I think the 2013 non Ultimates are ugly. I'm waiting for 650B with new XTR or XX1.

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    if you are under 180cm tall, forget it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by limba View Post
    I think the 2013 non Ultimates are ugly. I'm waiting for 650B with new XTR or XX1.
    I thought so too. But then I went to a shop that had the F29 Carbon 1 (white/red/blue). It looks so much better IRL. I ended up buying it!

    I wouldn't disregard it, even if you're less than 180 cm tall. My girlfriend is 158 cm and rides a Giant XTC 29er in size small, she's happy with it.

    I'd get rid of the 26" as soon as possible, it will only be worth less the longer you wait. I had the same thoughts when selling my old bike (Scott Scale 26") autumn last year. I didn't get a lot of cash for it, but it was better than nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.T View Post
    if you are under 180cm tall, forget it...
    Even over 180cm , I'm 195cm and don't like 700 for MTB.
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    Decide on a price and let someone else decide.

    I would come up with a price that it would be worth it to you to sell. If that number is $5500 then slap it up on ebay, MTBR, whatever. If someone wants it great, and if not then your decision to keep it is made for you.

    Honestly I think your delusional if you think you will be better off financially by selling a great bike at a likely substantial loss, to buy another great bike which will also depreciate quickly. Your best bet financially is to ride your Flash about 10,000 miles and then it will have cost less then 1 dollar per mile to own it. Face it this has nothing to do with economics. If you want a new 29er and you can afford it then go for it. Justifying it as minimizing your risk for depreciation is ridiculous. Your going to lose $5000 if you purchase a 2013 flash ultimate at MSRP, and 2-3K if you get a "deal". Your current flash is not going to devalue another 5K in the next year or 2.
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    Another option is to get a 650b wheelset and give it a try. It may breathe life into that very nice bike. Folks seem to like their converted 650b Flashes.
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    This is one of the reasons why I've stopped buying top of the line models : when you decide to to sell it you take a bad hit. Lost 2500 euro on a 5k euro/18 months old Lapierre 2 years ago,I'm a lot happier with mid range models that gets heavily upgraded.
    Go ahead and sell it now,you will take a hit anyway,we all know how it works...

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