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    Help me find a deal

    Can somebody help me id this bike and its approximate value? I'm thinking of getting it as a beginner bike but I am a dumb tourist about this stuff.

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    That would be a late Stump Jumper by Specialized... maybe early 2001 or so??? Where'd you find it Ebay? Locally? Craigslist?

    Hard to tell from the pic but it seems to be in fairly good condition...

    How tall are you??? It looks like an extra large size frame...


    EDIT: oh yeah, if it is in good shape and the price is low and it fits you... that would be a sick bike to ride!
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    The frame is supposed to a large. I am 5'11". What would be considered a GOOD price? It looks to have some rust on the chain and bolts but I don't know if that is a major factor or not.

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    Maybe $400 or so?

    In it's day, the bike was a very good bike. Fact of the matter is, if the bike is as old as havnmonkey says it is (and I have no reason to believe it isn't) you're looking at a bike that's between 6 and 8 years old. Bikes depreciate quickly, and to add to that, rapid changes in technology make the bike yesterday's news. Bottom line, not a bad bike for a beginner, but don't overpay, and if you get into the sport, look to be upgrading this bike quickly.

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    The bike frame should fit your size... maybe have to fiddle w/ stem sizes, though.

    It was a top of the line trail bike a few years ago... but what you need to look at is the shock and front fork... do they look abused? leaking oil or air? the bike shouldn't feel like a giant spring... Ask the owner if the suspension has been serviced or rebuilt...

    The crank should be quiet and easy to spin freely... it shouldn't be wobbly or bent out of shape... the Bottom Bracket (the bearings in between the crank arms) should feel smooth... If they feel like a bunch of balls rolling in sand, that would mean the need for a new BB ($30-75) and maybe a new crankset ($100-200)... and LBS labor costs extra too!

    Next... look at the chain and rear cassette, chain rust can be cleaned off ( and new chains are relatively cheap) just make sure the links aren't cracked or warped and the chain rolls smoothly over the gears... Cassette... are any of the cogs bent? Chipped/worn teeth?

    Shifting... does it shift smoothly into gear w/o a ton of noise and clatter? Does it shift out of gear on it's own? Shifters and dérailleurs can be tuned fairly cheaply and there are low end sets that you can buy for a good price...

    Frame... look it over and inspect for cracks... Aluminum normally just fails... it doesn't bend like steel does...

    Wheels... are they wobbly? Corrosion on the spokes? Loose spokes?

    Again... is this a bike you found locally? Like, can you take it for a test ride... AND what kind of owner is selling it?

    If it was in mint condition... Meaning everything worked perfectly and looked immaculate, I would say $500 max... (if the owner had upgraded the components the price could go higher)... But if it has some neglect but is still very rideable I wouldn't go higher than $400... And if it needs some work (i.e. shifter/brake tuning, bottom bracket, new chain, or new wheels...) I would say around $250-300...

    Remember replacing the rear shock and/or front fork is gonna cost you a couple Benjamins... so be careful...

    Otherwise if it works well, for $400 it would be a great beginner bike to learn on...
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    I have yet to see a bike that nice on the local CL for anywhere close to $400...lol. Wouldn't the fork alone go for $150+ on ebay?

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