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    Late 80's Giant

    I called on a classified ad for a mountain bike and the lady says she has a Giant Mountain Bike bought in the late 80's and it has never been ridden. She didnt know anything else about it. Just curious what kind of price should I be looking at? Anybody have a clue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by num1badz
    I called on a classified ad for a mountain bike and the lady says she has a Giant Mountain Bike bought in the late 80's and it has never been ridden. She didnt know anything else about it. Just curious what kind of price should I be looking at? Anybody have a clue?
    Like anything else, it will depend on what the bike really is, and what condition it's in. Just because it's never been ridden doesn't mean it's in any given condition. For all you know it could have been stored all the time in her garage...you know...the one with the leaky roof right above the bike?

    Think of it like a car. If someone advertised a late '80's Ford that had only been driven 1000 miles, it could be an Escort, a Mustang, or an LTD. It could have been kept under a cover the whole time, or on a side street in a seedy neighborhood where people broke into it and defaced it.

    You need more info before anyone can really give you an opinion.

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    Yeah that makes sense... im just trying to get a feel for what I should be looking for. What were Giant bikes like 15 years ago? If I found a top-of-the-line one in great condition... what would it be worth? What were the name of the Giant lines back then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by num1badz
    Yeah that makes sense... im just trying to get a feel for what I should be looking for. What were Giant bikes like 15 years ago? If I found a top-of-the-line one in great condition... what would it be worth? What were the name of the Giant lines back then?
    You'll probably have some difficulty in finding answers to most of these questions. Start out on the manufacturers forums section of this website. The folks in the Giant forum are pretty knowledgable.

    As for the lines that Giant produced back then, the Giant website itself only goes back about 5 years. I did some extensive research online via Google searches, etc., to try to date an older Giant Yukon that I had purchased used. I found nothing until I posted it to the Giant forum, and the best information I got was that it was an early '90's model.

    Go look at the bicycle, and get the following info:
    1) The model name. It will be clearly marked on the bike. Color of the frame will help in identifying it's age.
    2) Look for information (stickers, etc.) regarding the material the frame is made of. It will probably be steel or cro-moly (sp?).
    3) Look at the components such as front and rear derailleur, and find out what make and model they are.
    4) Lastly, look for a serial number. I believe it should be on the inderside of the frame under the bottom bracket housing.

    The more info you get on the bike, the better off you'll be in assessing the age and value of the bike. As for what it's worth, again, it's anybody's guess. It could be worth $100, it could be worth $1000. Unless it's some design gem that Giant hasn't recreated or better engineered in later models (doubtful), I would surmise it's worth more as a collector's item than as a useable mountain bike. More than likely, you are going to find some condition issues, too. Tires and brake pads are likely to be dry-rotted. Cables will be suspect, IMO. Drive train will need to be thoroughly inspected, as it has not seen a drop of lubricant in over a decade, etc., etc.

    Let us know what you find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by num1badz
    Yeah that makes sense... im just trying to get a feel for what I should be looking for. What were Giant bikes like 15 years ago? If I found a top-of-the-line one in great condition... what would it be worth? What were the name of the Giant lines back then?
    Late 80's top of the line Giants were "oversized" Cro-mo frames and were sold as the ATX line I beleive. I owned an ATX 780 (2nd from the top) and the ATX 880 (top of the line) back around 89-90 time frame. Neither had a suspension fork and were quite heavy. I don't recall the components, I 'm thinking they were 7 speed suntour or Deore DX/XT. The brakes will be cantilever and the steertube most likely 1". I liked them back then but would probably not use it for anything more than a neighborhoood cruiser today. Both were solid bikes but you could probably do much better with $400 at the LBS today unless you are into collecting or restoring old bikes.
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    Well I ended up going to look at the bike. It was a black Giant Iguana. Suntour XTR components. Looks like steel frame to me. The bike looked in overall good condition. The above description by SSINGA sounds pretty close. She is asking $140... what would it be worth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by num1badz
    Well I ended up going to look at the bike. It was a black Giant Iguana. Suntour XTR components. Looks like steel frame to me. The bike looked in overall good condition. The above description by SSINGA sounds pretty close. She is asking $140... what would it be worth?
    I paid $150 for my used, early '90's Yukon. I felt at the time that $150 was a fair price, given it's condition and the fact that it had just been serviced. With this as a benchmark, and knowing that the Iguana is a step up from the Yukon, $140 sounds fair, so long as the bike suits your needs, and is the right size. With that said, the bike still needs to be taken to a mechanic for a once over and tune-up ($30-50), and may need other work. I say offer the person $100, and if you can settle at $120 you made a decent investment.

    Yust my opinion, though. Others may disagree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by num1badz
    Well I ended up going to look at the bike. It was a black Giant Iguana. Suntour XTR components. Looks like steel frame to me. The bike looked in overall good condition. The above description by SSINGA sounds pretty close. She is asking $140... what would it be worth?
    Iquana's new back then were in the $300-400 range. My wife still has her 1990's model but I wouldn't pay more than $90 for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    Late 80's top of the line Giants were "oversized" Cro-mo frames and were sold as the ATX line I beleive. I owned an ATX 780 (2nd from the top) and the ATX 880 (top of the line) back around 89-90 time frame. Neither had a suspension fork and were quite heavy. I don't recall the components, I 'm thinking they were 7 speed suntour or Deore DX/XT. The brakes will be cantilever and the steertube most likely 1". I liked them back then but would probably not use it for anything more than a neighborhoood cruiser today. Both were solid bikes but you could probably do much better with $400 at the LBS today unless you are into collecting or restoring old bikes.
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    Some of the Giant ATX 7xx ...... whatever ...... 760 ..... 780 ....... early/mid 90's ? .... were actually decent. These frames - butted TIG'd steel - were relatively lightweight; the bikes were heavy due to the components. The ones I am referring to used a fork with 1 1/8 steerer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by num1badz
    Well I ended up going to look at the bike. It was a black Giant Iguana. Suntour XTR components. Looks like steel frame to me. The bike looked in overall good condition. The above description by SSINGA sounds pretty close. She is asking $140... what would it be worth?
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    Without looking at it ......difficult to determine. I believe the Iguana is one of the lower end offerings from Giant ...... decent ..... but you could do better. The Iguana may have a low end frame - high tensile steel (instead of chromo) ......... and would be fairly heavy. Much better to keep looking ....... preferably for a bike that has a better frame ........ butted chromo steel frame .....for example ...........

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    I had an '89 ATX too

    It was a nice bike. For the time anyway. I put more miles on that frame than any of my current bikes.

    As I recall, the Ignuanas from the same year were not much to get excited about. I'd skip it unless I really really needed a get around bike. And even then I'd want to pay more like $75 tops. BTW, I sold my '89 ATX for $75. And by then it had V-brakes, Rock Shock RS-1, etc.
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