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  1. #1
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    Good Deal or Bad Deal? Thoughts on this purchase

    I made a bit of an "impulse buy" on ebay yesterday and I want to know what people think.


    2007 Kona King Frame (looks to be new):

    The seller was a bit light on the details but here is what they included.

    "There is a Marzocchi Z3 bomber on the Bike with a Chris King Headset Blue. The wheels are custom built With Mavic Rims. The crank is a Truvativ Stylo with thru axle bottom bracket. Shifters are LX shimano. XT Rapid Rise Shimano rear deraileur. Truvative Stem 90mm 5 degrees of rise. The pedals are an older pair of Shimano SPD's."

    It appears to me he bought the frame and pieced the bike together for resale.

    I bought the bike for 550 + 150 shipping. So basically for $700.

    About me:

    I mostly road bike but want to transition into some mtb. I will be mostly riding XC nothing too hardcore. I was generally looking for something that will treat me well last a long time and allow me to get on all kinds of trails.

    I am hardly an expert in bike hardware and I wouldn't normally purchase a bike this way. But, like I said it was an "impulse" buy and I decided to take a risk.

    So assuming all the parts are functional, what do people think?

    Here is the listing with photos:
    King Kona Chris King Bike | eBay

  2. #2
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    Well, those are really light details. Other than the frame and the fact that it has a nice headset, that description tells you pretty much zero.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Does the bike fit you? I know it's ebay but have you been on a 19" kona king? If the bike does not fit it's not worth it. It's tough since you already bought it but if you asked before I'd say keep shopping at least give yourself sometime to research the sizing.

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