So I took my 11 y/o son to a race this past weekend and he really got energized to ride mountain. I tried talking him into this about a year ago but he decided he wanted a Mongoose trick bike instead...what a waste of money that was because the bike itself is pretty much junk from the start.
Anyway, I have been watching craigslist and local shops looking for something that could be a good start. Pretty slim on the 24" bikes and most 26" are just too big- today though, I found a 2004 Kona Blast in an XS frame at a local pawn shop.
Structurally it is pretty sound but appearance and component wise it has been pretty well neglected. The 'shop' wants $100 for the bike but I would have to swap a lot of parts. Here is the list:
-Seat is old and torn WTB Pure V =$24
-Rear derelliuer cable is broke so needs to be replaced Cables about $20
-Tires are pretty well shot. I have one so maybe $35
-Pedals are clipless. I have a set of platforms $0
-Brakes are pretty rough and V brakes. BB5s can be had for about $70
Total rehab: Call it about $150 for incidentals. Is it worth throwing this kind of money at this bike? I don't think a total price tag of $250 would be too bad but I'm looking for some other feedback to see if I'm just nuts.
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