Advice on 1999 Harro Escape A-7.5?
I have the opportunity to get one for $300, in nice condition. What's your opinion on getting a 12 year old top of the line bike vs getting a new 2010/11 entry level hardtail like a Gary Fisher Marlin or Specialized Hardrock?
The Harro owner claims the 19.5" bike is 19lbs, XTR components and Rock Shox SID 80mm travel
Older Haro Escape A7.0 Build
You will have better components and a nicer fork on the older haro, and it should be alot lighter. The main downside on the older haro is that you do not have disc brake tabs on the rear of the frame.
With that said, I'd buy the haro and enjoy the hell out of it for that little money! Maybe add a disc brake in the front later on if you needed, and then upgrade later on.
I'm a little biased since I ride the old one though
ride hard take risks
Gots ta agree with redmr2_man buying the Haro gives you high end components at a steal. You can upgrade the fork go to a front disc and rip trail all day.
I should add that I've broken my 08 ironhorse mkiii full suspension frame 2x (1 rear tri, 1 front), my specialized road bike frame broke in two, and the funny part...
The haro is still alive and kickin, and this thing was commuted on for 5yrs, been on trails for its whole life, raced the last two years, and when my road bike frame broke, this thing still sees roadie miles with a lighter wheelset and 1.9 cx tires...weekly. It has been ditched down canyons and slid across the ground hundreds of times. Crashed and beaten way more than it should have.
Now sure it will break somewhere down the line, but this thing has at LEAST 20,000 miles on it and is still kicking.