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    New or used? $400

    New or used? $400
    Hey all im new to biking (well regularly downhill anyway)

    i have 250 ($400) to spend and i saw a 2nd hand GT Ruckus 2.0 for sale

    was wondering if its worth getting or if i can get something better new? if so , any recommendations?
    heres the link to the bike

    http://york.gumtree.com/york/99/65356999.html

    any thoughts? seriously im a total novice when it comes to specialist frames so let me know!

    ah just forgot to mention should i go for a hardtail ? for freeride/downhill
    alex

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    Did I read this right - you can get that Ruck 2 at $400 or that's want you want to pay for it max? If its actually in good condition then I think at $400 it would absolutely be a steal. Couple of questions here: 1.) What year is it? 2.) I also saw that it mentioned that the fork needs "servicing" (who knows exactly what that means, $-wise until you see it). Hopefully, the fork isn't screwed up or that could mean serious $ since we're talking long-travel forks here).

    Yes, true FR/DH rigs are typically FS like the '10 gt Sanction 1.0 I ride which would be considered a light to moderate FR ride capable of easy DH too. There are extreme guys who'll do FR/DH on a HT and they're amazing but the vast majority are FS I think that the Ruck 2 is the next level up from what I ride and definitely enough bike for you as a noob to learn the ropes on.

    Post this over in the FR/DH forum and let those guys look this over. Good luck!

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    Good job!

    Its 2003 model i believe. Apparently the forks need new seals and the rear suspension needs a new bush. Yeah its on offer for 250 pounds. I have been scouring the internet it seems its RRP was 1000 or someting like that so apparently its a good deal. I saw it on the same website for 100 pounds but it sold within 20 mins (to the guy whos selling it now) whos more than doubled the price. but its still good value i think (was checking here to see what you guys think).

    will repost and see some more opinions! some of my friends who are more hardcore than me said go for it but its my money so wanted to really find out for sure

    thanks alot for your comment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnoob89
    Its 2003 model i believe. Apparently the forks need new seals and the rear suspension needs a new bush. Yeah its on offer for 250 pounds. I have been scouring the internet it seems its RRP was 1000 or someting like that so apparently its a good deal. I saw it on the same website for 100 pounds but it sold within 20 mins (to the guy whos selling it now) whos more than doubled the price. but its still good value i think (was checking here to see what you guys think).

    will repost and see some more opinions! some of my friends who are more hardcore than me said go for it but its my money so wanted to really find out for sure

    thanks alot for your comment!
    No problem. Yeah, I'd say it sounds like its worth pursuing further. You see noobs on here wanting to sink major money into upgrading ancient POS wallyrides which is idiotic but here's a legitimate case where putting a little money in could net you a pretty solid beginner FR/DH rig. A 2003 frame's a little on the old side but if the components package is still respectably good then get the suspension taken care of right and get out there and beat the hell out of it. My only minor concern is whose and what travel fork was gt running on the Ruck 2 back then and will it be adequate for where you'll be riding (I don't know much about Britain's terrain - I'm from Pennsylvania). Today, a good FR ought to have 160mm min. and a DH 180mm IMHO.

    I saw the 2011 Ruck 2 on a gt forum thread a few weeks back and new its like upper $2K/lower $3K if I remembered right. Post up what you find out.

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    the info from the seller:

    large gt ruckus
    front fox 125r forks may need new seals which only cost 15
    rear fox vanilla rc shock in very good working order
    deore disc brakes in good working order
    hussfelt cranks and botttom bracket working great
    deore shiifters and front mech in fab condition
    rear sora mech
    front halo tornado wheel with maxxis trye both in great condition
    rear deore hun on mavic 717 in great condition but needs a tyre
    rest of the bike is the standard spec of when bike was bought

    so i think some parts have been upgraded/customized from the original (which can only be good right?)

    heres a picture of it im pretty sure its the 2003 model. its discontinued now so cant find any new prices for it, only old prices from when it originally hit the stores. although i cant be certain what year it is, ill have to ask the guy tomorrow (going to view it/test ride)

    heres a picture if you can figure out what year it is (or do they all look the same?)




    looked around the newest GT Ruckus's cost 1500 ~
    https://www.bikeradar.com/gear/categ...rive-7-30-9573

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    Fork Brand & Model Fox Vanilla 125R, 125mm travel. but you said 160-180? Hmmm. so i might have to replace the forks? how much would that be would you guess?

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    Looks pretty good. I'd go for it - specs don't look bad (we're talking $400 here - how can you go wrong even if you're putting a little extra in whether or not the seller did some upgrading). Hopefully, the seller isn't too far from where you live so you can get over there and ride it to be sure.

    Plus my Sanction's black so, of course, I approve.

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    do you know how to work on bikes?

    It looks a good deal, but if you don't know how to service bikes, the fork will cost a bit of money to tune up/replace seals. It's a good fork though, you can't get much simpler than the fox vanilla. I wouldn't get a new fork, just service it.

    It's a good spec. I'd pick it up. If you don't know how to work on bikes, add maybe (?) another $200 for the LBS to tune up the bike and service the fork and rear bushings.

    Good choice, IMO. I agree with roxnroots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnoob89
    Fork Brand & Model Fox Vanilla 125R, 125mm travel. but you said 160-180? Hmmm. so i might have to replace the forks? how much would that be would you guess?
    Not necessarily, as IAmHolland said, what you have is a decent fork that hopefully you can get taken care of at minimal cost. A 125mm travel fork isn't going to let you bomb off some huge drop up in the Lake District or its bottom-out city but it could work well for rough XC through moderate "all-mountain" training/conditioning stuff. This could be a relatively-inexpensive, fun beater bike unless you decide to take what the one poster over in the FR/DH forum said about skipping this approach and continuing to save for "the one" used newer "big hit" 180mm-plus ride which I think will ultimately cost you more than the $600-$800 I think he said. You never mentioned just how techy your DH terrain and trail surface are either which are factors too.

    I don't claim to know how that particular frame's "aged" so I can't say how practical buying a 2010 Fox Talas 36 RC2 160mm fork (just as an example - that's what I have) to slap on there would be since the new fork would be roughly double the cost (mid-$700s to $800 range) of what you'd pay for the bike in the first place AND I don't know if it would even fit anyway let alone a 180mm one. So if you were to get this ride and plan to upgrade the fork, you'd better REALLY do your homework first to make sure the numbers add up.

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