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    The bike I regret selling off was my '11 ibis mojo hd. I took delivery of it Dec '10. I only had it for 6 months total and unfortunately only put about 150 miles on it in all total. Right after I purchased it a strange chain of events that put me in one of the hardest parts of my life forced me to sell it off. I did manage to keep a few things off of it to put onto my next bike which I do love but I am often left wondering how much more fun I would have had on that thing.



    Then there is my gary fisher procaliber from 97 that I ALMOST lost due to a crazy ex girlfriend holding it hostage. I did manage to get it back in one piece luckily due to some covert operation

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    Trek 830 when I was 13 years old. My brother talked me into selling it and spending all my savings on a HT Univega. I have never forgiven him.
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    My old Kona Firemonain.....

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    I had an Independent Fabrications Team Slalom I picked up off ebay. In place of a serial number it had the name of the employee it was for/built by written in weld on the BB. I sold it because I was worried I was going to break it. Should have hung it on the wall until I was older and wiser.

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    ~1988 Schwinn...

    Actually I havenít sold any...(yet). That said, Iíve hit a space limit. I have 4, each daughter has 2 and my wife 1 bike... no more room.

    When I started talking about what N+1 should be, my wife said I should sell my seldom ridden vintage... But if I did, I think Iíd be the next OP starting a thread like this...
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    I didn't really sell it, but I traded my Trek 4300 for a vintage road bike.... I already had a second mountain bike and had never ridden a road bike, so it seemed like a good idea... and it was, but sometimes I do wish that I would've kept my first real mountain bike... at least the frame anyways. Now, the road bike is sold and I kinda miss it too... I'll never sell my current mountain bike though... I'll get rid of my car before I sell it.

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    Giant Dash 1

    I regret selling my Giant Dash 1. At the time I didn't have much choice - earlier this year we had some financial difficulties and I needed to make the sacrifice. Now though, I had a Trek 7.2 FX before that bike and I enjoyed the ruggedness and pretty much indestructible design of the frame and tires. I never had to "worry" about the tires and the related pavement / road surfaces. Definitely interested in a hybrid type of bike like the Trek 7.2 again, vs the road bike Giant Dash 1.

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    I left my 1973 Kool Lemon Schwinn Sport Tourer @ a bike shop in Florida--didn't want to go get it (long story); gave away my 1995 Barracuda A2R---I STILL miss them both.

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    I'm like some of the others here. I don't regret selling any of my past bikes but I do look back upon them in comparison.

    Each bike I replaced did offer the next step in technology for the most part. Luckily, I've never been in such a bind that I felt forced to sell something that I really wanted to keep.

    I did take one step back but with purpose. That was when I replaced a totaled Spesh Epic with an SJ HT. I did that to get back into to it. I wanted a bike that was very light and super efficient. I was very weak, so I needed those features to get me back up to the top of the steep hills and mountains where I live.

    I have owned 6 mountain bikes since 1999. The first 4 were purchased brand new. The last 2 have been used with the intention to build as custom.

    The model years of my purchases are: 1999, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2009. I've had Diamondback, Specialized, and Pivot.

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    Short answer - My 2010 Hardrock Disc

    Long answer below:

    I purchased my first mountain bike in November of 2010, but didn't really ride much until my buddy (who talked me into buying my first bike) finally held up his end of the deal and bought his bike. I rode weekly through the first 3 months, and I bought my current bike then.

    My first bike was nothing special, but a good bike for getting me into the sport. It was a 2010 Hardrock Disc. I sold it this summer because I knew I wouldn't go back to it.

    Then just a few months ago, I found out that my wife's younger half-brother had been discharged from the Marine's last year. His position (job, duty, what ever they call it) had been done away with, and even though he had been a Marine for 7 or 8 years and planned a career out of it, he found himself back in the civilian world. After being unable to find steady work for a year, he found himself facing foreclosure, his wife ran out on him, and now he is back in town, living with my sister-in-law until he can get back on his feet. He really is a good kid (around 30, while I am 48) and he doesn't let this stuff bother him. He now has a job working with an armored car company, and is working his way back.

    My normal riding partner finds more reasons to not ride than you could ever imagine. He may make 2 trips a month out of the 10 or 15 that I try and make. If I had not sold my Hardrock, at least I could get my Brother-in-law out on the trails. He is interested, but we really just don't have the money right now to find him a bike. Maybe in a few months...

    It really is a shame that someone can serve 3 tours in combat, and then be dumped unexpectedly. There were 3 men in his unit doing his assignment, and they kept the one with the least tenure, and canned the other 2. But that is another topic, and not one for a Mountain Bike Forum.
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    I'm a guy that transfers parts from frame to frame, so not so much bikes that are regretted, but frames. That being said ...

    Mountain Cycles San Andreas - missed only for sentimental reasons. Not a practical fit for my physical proportions. Would make a nice wall ornament along with my old KS ProFlex 3000 - something to keep it company. hahaha

    KHS Flagstaff - that would be nice to pull off the wall and build up every now and then just to enjoy the 29er FS feel

    Kona Unit and Surly Karate Monkey - taught me that steel IS real. As with the Flagstaff, either would be nice to pull off the wall and build up for *however many rides*.


    I guess what i'm realizing (thanks shekky!) is that my riding desires go through cycles (sorry, pun not intended) and as I change and grow so do these desires.

    Hmmmm, sounds like it's time to buy more wall hooks!

    Oh, and headsets!
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    My 08 stumpy. Rode a lot of sweet single track with that thing. Sold it to build up a xc race bike.
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    Ive been the death blow of every mtb ive owned, so no regret about selling any =P. I have quite the collection of broken frames.

    I DO wish i had my old Redline PL20 bmx bike. Stolen from HS bike rack 26 years ago =(.


    Now... if this was a thread about regretting selling musical equipment id have quite a few entries.

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    90's Diamondback Axis Pro....stupid , stupid stupid........

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    Cannondale Prophet. I made money on the sale of the bike, but now I'm looking for a 650B 140-160mm full suspension bike and I had a pretty good option back then.

    Flexy bike though...

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    Someone let me know when the "what bike do you regret buying" thread gets going so I can participate.

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    I certainly have a few regrets...


    My baby blue 5.5 with XO


    The full Dura Ace ti/carbon swiftness


    I'm still a firm believer in the "Steel is real" ethos. Full Record to boot.


    I don't really miss the entire bike, but the original steel Syncros cranks and Pace fork I miss a lot!


    And finally the Maverick. Not the best bike in the tight stuff, but it was an awesome bike for all day epics.
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    I have two regret losses of bikes. First being my 1998 Stumpjumper which i gave to my brother in law after getting a new full suspension bike in 06. The second was when I came on hard times... I sold my IF Crown Jewel road bike. I have gotten another roaqd bike since but its was not the same so i quickly got rid of it. God i miss that bike... at least I have visitation rights with my stumpy. I have recently started considering a new HT stumpy purchase.
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    I miss a few of my old bikes, not all mountain bikes.

    S&M War Pig
    Bianchi B.A.S.S (Really Miss)
    ProFlex 646 (just a fun reliable bike)
    General Bicycles Fred Blood edition

    Those are my biggest regrets, and would love to have them back...

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    2003 Santa Cruz Heckler.

    Frame was one size too small, BUT it was the bike I had most fun with. Incredibly versatile. Rode it all over Europe.

    Had to sell it to pay University fees. (had another bike at the same time though)
    Now I have a good paying job (thanks to those fees) and saving up for a new ride.

    I am thinking of building a Blur TRC or a Tallboy LTC - hoping it would give me as much fun.

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    I remember reading this thread a while back. Since I have been looking for something other than a memory of my first bike. I had the frame up until a few years ago. Moved. Mis-placed idk.. gone.. Not a MTB but the one I consider it "the one that got away" so-to-speak. Sorry, pic of a pic no scanner.



    Im thinking this was bought around 1992-94 ish.
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    RE: what bike(s) do you regret selling?

    2001 rockhopper.

    It wasn't a great bike, but I sold it for $125.

    I'd love it now as a beater to go to the shops and leave chained up, or convert to ss to give that a try.
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    I do miss my 06 Specialized Hardrock that I sold years back...was a great bike. A few year ago, I briefly put my 06 Yeti AS-X up for sale but then took it down after deciding to keep the bike - I definetly don't regret holding on to her.
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    in 01 I started racing. in 02 I was sponsored by Dean USA with their grassroots team. in 03 I left for basic. I sold that bike right before I left. I still think about that bike all the time. It was great full XT, sid fork and a Ti frame, fit me like a glove. If I never sold that bike, I wouldnt have gotten out of the sport for almost 9 years.

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    With almost zero exceptions, every single one of them. It's a curse, or something like that.

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    My first ever road bike that I got when I turned 13. Covered allot of country miles on that bike until I got my drivers licence. Took it off to College with me and then sold it as a starving student.

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    A 1995 Mongoose Amplifier with an Amp fork, XTR components and syncros wheels. All with awful blue anodized parts. Loved that thing. Still looking for one to buy.
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    what bike(s) do you regret selling?

    1994 Kona Ti Hei Hei.

    I sold the frame and forks when I upgraded to a XC full suspension bike in 1997.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    A 1995 Mongoose Amplifier with an Amp fork, XTR components and syncros wheels. All with awful blue anodized parts. Loved that thing. Still looking for one to buy.
    Thought I saw one on eBay today.

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    Re: what bike(s) do you regret selling?

    Wait...what?! Size?
    I'm a mountain bike guide in South West Utah

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    Re: what bike(s) do you regret selling?

    NVM. Found it. The guy is scalping it. Pretty delusional. That said, I'd still be interested if it was bigger.
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    Always regretted selling my Voodoo Hoodoo, (1999 aluminium frame). First really decent hardtail I ever got. Actually sold it to my brother, and it only recently died from a cracked headtube. At least it had a good life.
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    2008 Kona Kula Deluxe. Scandium frame and with a paint job that was complimented by many. A rocket up hills and light as a feather (22 lbs). Sold it to a good home, but baby, if you see this "I miss you" LOL.

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    Subscribed! I love this thread...being a vintage fan. Lots more Cannondales than I would have guessed. What a great eclectic mix of bikes though. I had a fillet brazed Steve Potts that I miss but that's about the only one. Luckily the guy who bought it from me made it way more prettier than when I had it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    A 1995 Mongoose Amplifier with an Amp fork, XTR components and syncros wheels. All with awful blue anodized parts. Loved that thing. Still looking for one to buy.
    I loved those Ringle parts! What size are you looking for? I see them every now and then.

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    90's Diamondback Axis Pro....stupid , stupid stupid........
    I didn't know that. Are you gonna try to find another?

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    '92 Yeti FRO
    '95 Slingshot (miss that leaf spring!)
    I feel for you too. I love my FRO. :P

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    Wish I had this one still. Raced and rode this bike for 7 or 8 years until I got the full squish bug.
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    I didn't sell it, I bent it during a cyclocross race and always regretted it. Somewhere in one of those shoe boxes in the closet is a couple of photos of my Mongoose, sigh. I LOVED the way that bike rode. Maybe some day I'll find another.
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    Original red and chrome Nishiki Alien
    3 different Klein Adroits, one gator fade, two my own custom two color fades.
    One custom color Attitude.
    That's it.
    Ooof. Those have become big money bikes.

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    1996 Klein Attitude
    Full XTR except crank, Race face cranks - 2x8 no granny gear (just called it "no little ring in the front" back then); Integral BB and headset; Thompson Elite seat post; Selle Italia Flite Ti saddle; Time ATAC carbon pedals; wheels built by me - XTR hubs, DT spokes, Mavic rims (don't remember model); 20.5 lbs.
    M231 rims? Great bike!

    Sorry for the massive quoting but I got totally excited.

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    I had a 2004 or 2005 specialized P2 that was a true franken-bike with all kinds of mix-matched parts, but everything worked on it real well and it lasted a long time, and it was single speed with a pretty low gear and i put a long seat post on it so it worked for riding trails as well as dirt jumps+skate park. I 'upgraded' to a modern steel framed dirt jumper but haven't gotten to like it as much.

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    I buy and sell a lot of bikes (well, mostly frames), and in general I don't miss any of them. However, I just bought a Gunnar Ruffian off ebay to replace a Rockhound from a few years back, so I guess I missed that one.

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    I've never had any inanimate object that was better than a newer version, so I've never regretted selling anything whatsoever. Right now I totally love my new bike. It's new. It's clean. It works perfectly. It's so smoooooth and solid.

    But in a few years when it's old and newer better bikes are out, I'll be jumping ship again.

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    Remember this SIMPLE RULE:

    "If you have to SELL a beloved bike, just to finance the next one...there will ALWAYS be regrets involved."
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    what bike(s) do you regret selling?

    I'm not a sentimental person, rather usually the one to get rid of everything. But I do miss my '97 Diamondback Sorrento because of all of the time I spent with that bike and all of the rides I went on with my grandpa. Those rides are some of the best memories I have as a kid. I have his old bike in my garage and really wish I had mine to sit there next to it.

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    About five years ago I almost sold my 91 Trek 830. It sat in my garage for years collecting dust because the rear shifter was busted. Two years ago I converted into a ss. Best 30 bucks I spent on mt biking. I now have a 29er ss but still use the Trek 830 to pull my five year old along the trails and spin on the trainer.

    Came across a similar thread years ago about people regretting selling their first mt bike. So glad I did not. I do miss my baby blue Huffy with banana seat but I busted the frame landing a jump.

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    I had a Redline BMX in the 80's that I wish I still had!

    My custom Giant XTC was stolen last year - I still miss her.
    Sid Race forks
    Fulcrum Wheels
    Sram carbon shifters and derailleurs
    Schwalbe tyres
    DX pedals (miss them the most!)

    very sad.

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    I don't regret selling it but I regret leaving my Trek Sawyer in Greece (my mother lives there). I thought I would go back so I decided to leave the bike there. Actually, it may be a while before I get there again.

    It will cost about 500 bucks to have Delta fly it back. Maybe I can get my mom's driver to take it to the Airport and drop it off.
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    Not a mountain bike but I sold a Quintana Roo Kilo triathlon bike with full LX components for about 1/3 of what I paid for it. I didn't need the money but had stopped racing tri's and riding altogether and it seemed like a waste to have that bike sitting in my garage.

    The bike was gorgeous. It was so purposefully designed that it sucked for anything other than going fast in a straight line on the aerobars but that was where the beauty was. I still miss it even though I have no desire to climb aboard a tri-geometry road bike again.

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    Same here... Shoulda never sold my 89 master..

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    Regret selling-- my '92 or '93 Rocky Mountain Thin Air. Thing was my first race-ready/lightweight bike. Actually, started with frame and went custom from there. Anyone remember the original Pulstar hubs??? About 23.5lbs when done.

    Regret having stolen-- my '93/'94 Mantis ProFloater. I was using it as my commuter to work (dumb me), and it was stolen while locked up in front of our security-manned employee entrance. I just hope the maggot that stole it grabbed a handful of right brake, which I had reversed to stop the front wheel. Oh, the satisfaction I'd get if I knew the outcome.

    Bike I'll never regret having-- my '99 Cannondale CAAD3 frame/Fatty fork. Won it on my daughter's first bday in a race raffle, built it up nicely, got a bike seat for her, and took her on too few rides. Why too few? Well, she was called back to Heaven in '03, and I still have it and ride it, now limited to road training. Oh, I used it for some 24hr events, N*'s series, and a few other events. The sentimental meaning of it means it will be in my possession until I'm with her again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantispf2000 View Post

    Regret having stolen-- my '93/'94 Mantis ProFloater. I was using it as my commuter to work (dumb me), and it was stolen while locked up in front of our security-manned employee entrance. I just hope the maggot that stole it grabbed a handful of right brake, which I had reversed to stop the front wheel. Oh, the satisfaction I'd get if I knew the outcome.
    Yeah, Cunningham should have never sold Mantis, for the lure of a six-figure income at MBA....
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    even though I have moved on to 29ers I do miss my 2006 Santa Cruz Heckler
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    Never have had to sell a bike before. Always rode it until the frame broke. However, I will be heavily touched by sequestration if it hits and am looking at all options.

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