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    What year is my bullit?

    The guy I bought it from thought it was an 09. The frame has been re powder coated but he said it was the same color. What year do you guys think it is?
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    Doesn' t look 09.
    Looks more like 05.
    Pic is fuzzy and I can't see the rear triangle clearly, but I'm not seeing the updated pivot and machining on the swingarm of the last generation Bullits.

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    Try a better pic next time.

    Definately not a '09.....not even sure it is a '05. Hard to tell from your pic if it has the gussets on the headtube or not. If no, then it is pre-'03.

    Rear triangle is too hard to get a read on. If it has room for 8" rotor, then 2003-2005. If room for only 6" rotor, then pre-2003.

    Also looks like the old Vanilla RC rear shock....again, pre 2003.

    Hope you didn't pay too much for a 10 year old bike.
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    Paid 500,yes on the rc but it was rebuilt by push. I'll try some better picks.

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ID:	850422Here is the gussets on head tube and it has 8" rotors although I'm pretty sure the shermin triple crown was not stock

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    No straight seat tube, so the front triangle atleast is pre 2002.5. The front triangle headtube gusset also seems to be self made and afterwards welded. Shock shuttle for rear shock is also hint for pre 2002.5 model. It is hard to see from the pictures which model year the rear swing arm is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megacabsledder View Post
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ID:	850422Here is the gussets on head tube and it has 8" rotors although I'm pretty sure the shermin triple crown was not stock
    Thanks for posting the clearer pics.
    Now that I can see things, you've got an early Bullit. Early 2002 or older.
    Reinforced head tube junctions showed up around early 2003. Although your head tube is reinforced, it's a "custom" fabrication. Someone slapped that on there, it's not factory.
    Also, the front triangle cable routing appears to be all top tube-early Bullits didn't have mounts on the downtube.
    Looks like an early rear triangle too with the seat stay cable guides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Clydesdale View Post
    Thanks for posting the clearer pics.
    Now that I can see things, you've got an early Bullit. Early 2002 or older.
    Reinforced head tube junctions showed up around early 2003. Although your head tube is reinforced, it's a "custom" fabrication. Someone slapped that on there, it's not factory.
    Also, the front triangle cable routing appears to be all top tube-early Bullits didn't have mounts on the downtube.
    Looks like an early rear triangle too with the seat stay cable guides.
    Exactly.....kinda makes me wonder why add the gussets unless the HT was cracking.
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    Thanks guys after everything I have to agree pretty sure it's pre 02.5. On the same note I'm looking at buying another one. What year did they stop making them. The one I'm looking at he says in an 06 but isn't that when they stopped production for a year or two?
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    Mid production run Bullits went from late 02-05 as far as I know.
    Owner could have purchased it in 06. I wouldn't sweat the vintage. Not sure if 2006 were produced or if it was just existing 2005 stock.
    The last generation Bullits started showing up in late 07 and ran through 2011.
    Bullits were an eye opener for me. Long travel bikes that went uphill.
    Hard to kill, the frames would take a ton of abuse with almost zero maintenance required.
    Great bike park bikes, and still are with modern suspension.
    You can build them up any number of ways.
    Problem with buying mid production Bullits is that the parts are often old and worn out even though the frames are fine.
    There's a ton of them out there between $500-$800.
    Even the old frames ride great with newer parts.
    You can find late production Bullits 08-10 with newer parts and up to date suspension for $1k-$1500.
    What's the seller asking for the one in the pic?

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    800 I offered 500 and he said he would take 600, forks need rebuilt and brakes bleed. Has 888 forks 5th rear shock and hope brakes. What do you think

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    If all that needs done is fork service + brake bleed, that should be about $100 at a bike shop that knows Marz 888s.
    You can do all that work yourself for about half that-assuming you need to buy seals + fluid.
    I budget a few hundred for repairs and parts with almost any used bike.
    Bullits of that vintage in good mechanical condition-meaning tuned up and nothing needs done right away- can be had for $800.
    If the wheels are in good shape, the fork has good stanchions, there's life left in the tires, there's life in the brake pads, the shock doesn't need rebuilt, and drivetrain isn't worn out, $600 is fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    Exactly.....kinda makes me wonder why add the gussets unless the HT was cracking.
    Which would explain the fresh powdercoat too.

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