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    Component check: can I get some feedback on these?

    Hi guys,

    Going to look at a 2009 Marin Hardtail I found on Craigslist today, wanted to ask for some feedback from you knowledgeable folks on the component upgrades that have been done to the bike. It's a 2009 Hawk Hill hydroformed aluminum frame, with "every single component upgraded".

    I posted here mainly for feedback on the drivetrain components, but feedback on any of the components would be awesome.

    2010 Rockshox Reba Race fork
    2010 Easton Havoc AM wheels
    Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes
    2010 Shimano M552 crankset
    2010 SRAM X9 shifters
    2010 SRAM X9 rear derailleur
    2010 Shimano XT FD-M771 front derailleur
    2010 SRAM PG-990 11-34T 9 speed cassette
    2010 SRAM PC-990 Cross Step chain
    SMAC platform pedals red
    2011 Chris King headset red
    2010 Specialized Enduro II riser bar
    2010 Specialized Pro Set stem with adjustable angle/rise shims
    Lizard Skins Peaty lock on grips with red clamp
    Thomson Elite seatpost
    Hope QR seatpost clamp red
    WTB Laser V SLT titanium railed saddle
    Maxxis Crossmark 2.25 rear tire 95%
    Maxxis Ardent 2.25 front tire 95%








    Looks like the bike is ~$800=$900 new with the stock components, but the guy claims there are over $2k worth of upgrades on the bike.

    How much do you think a good price would be to pick this up?

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    I'm not there to haggle a price, play guessing games, or do your work for you. I will help you sort this out, though, but you need to do the legwork.

    First off, here is a link to the bike you posted:

    http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...l+SE&Type=bike

    Search each component changed for price and total it up yourself. That will answer the claim of value.

    A bike like this is a matter of finding the right buyer who will pay for all of the upgrades. That can be very difficult. It is like putting new tires on a car you are going to sell and expecting to increase the value of the car by the price of the tires. Doesn't happen.

    What does the seller want for it?
    I don't rattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    I'm not there to haggle a price, play guessing games, or do your work for you. I will help you sort this out, though, but you need to do the legwork.

    First off, here is a link to the bike you posted:

    http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...l+SE&Type=bike

    Search each component changed for price and total it up yourself. That will answer the claim of value.

    A bike like this is a matter of finding the right buyer who will pay for all of the upgrades. That can be very difficult. It is like putting new tires on a car you are going to sell and expecting to increase the value of the car by the price of the tires. Doesn't happen.

    What does the seller want for it?
    Thanks for the response Mike,
    The seller actually gave a price for each of his components, and I googled most of them to check. Naturally, my findings for price were less than his numbers, but the components are all a year old at this point.

    I purposefully left the purchase price of each component off the list, because I was looking for feedback regarding people's opinions of the various component brands/models. The monetary depreciation of the components is one thing, their reputation by experienced bikers is another. I guess I was hoping to get more of the latter by omitting the prices. I can google the parts and add them up myself to determine what the seller is considering fair depreciation, but without a concept of the component quality/reputation, what good would that do me in determining if it's a good deal or not?

    Here is the original claimed upgrade costs:

    "2010 Rockshox Reba Race fork: $500
    2010 Easton Havoc AM wheels: $400
    Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes: $160
    2010 Shimano M552 crankset: $115
    2010 SRAM X9 shifters: $120
    2010 SRAM X9 rear derailleur: $100
    2010 Shimano XT FD-M771 front derailleur: $55
    2010 SRAM PG-990 11-34T 9 speed cassette: $100
    2010 SRAM PC-990 Cross Step chain: $50
    SMAC platform pedals red: $100
    2011 Chris King headset red: $130
    2010 Specialized Enduro II riser bar: $40
    2010 Specialized Pro Set stem with adjustable angle/rise shims: $50
    Lizard Skins Peaty lock on grips with red clamps: $20
    Thomson Elite seatpost: $90
    Hope QR seatpost clamp red: $37
    WTB Laser V SLT titanium railed saddle: $130
    Maxxis Crossmark 2.25 rear tire 95%: $50
    Maxxis Ardent 2.25 front tire 95%: $50
    2 Minoura red alloy bottle cages: $26

    That's over $2300 in upgrades for almost no charge over the stock shop build."


    The seller is asking $970 for the bike.

    What do you think?

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    A valuation of the utility of the components is a personal thing. The cost of each component is another thing altogether and easier to manage. Asking for a "good price" without cost data is onerous.

    Look it over for wear, damage or cracks. If it passes muster, buy it.
    I don't rattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    A valuation of the utility of the components is a personal thing. The cost of each component is another thing altogether and easier to manage. Asking for a "good price" without cost data is onerous.

    Look it over for wear, damage or cracks. If it passes muster, buy it.
    I like the cut of your jib, Berkeley Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by brounstoun View Post
    I like the cut of your jib, Berkeley Mike
    Dude, my jib is none of your business. I'm a married man.

    I don't rattle.

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