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    Specialized SJ M2 Pro (1997) - To Sell or Not?

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    First time poster here and I 'd like your thoughts on something if possible. I have a 1997 Specialized Stumpjumper M2 pro which was my last big purchase as an unmarried guy. Since then, marriage has blessed me with 2 great kids but as a dad of 2 little ones, I did not have as much time to ride as back in the day. Life has loosened up a bit these days and I think I'm going to be able to get out on the bike more in the near future which is great.

    That all said, looking at some of the rides these days really puts into perspective for me how long I've been out of the game. Me and my V-brakes, 80mm Judy and 40 year old legs . Most of the riding I do and enjoy around southern Ontario is technical single track. I always liked the handling and light weight of the M2 but find it quite punishing on my oldER bones.

    Should I stay on this ride? If I look to sell it, how much can I expect to get for it used - it's in good condition.

    Any thoughts appreciated.

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    List it on ebay and let it run. Cancel all the bids with 10 hours left.

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    I'd keep it. You probably wont get enough out of selling it to make it worth it. If you feel you need a squishy bike I'd still keep it. Its always good to have a nice hard tail in reserve plus you could use it as a loaner when needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddybuddy
    I'd keep it. You probably wont get enough out of selling it to make it worth it. If you feel you need a squishy bike I'd still keep it. Its always good to have a nice hard tail in reserve plus you could use it as a loaner when needed.
    What he said. A back up is always nice, either when yours breaks down, or if a buddy wants to join.

    Ignore the peanut gallery, there's some eBay drama going on elswhere, and their just feeling their oats

    FYI? Unique to this forum, but asking what a bike is worth, tends to ruffle a lot of feathers. Best indicator of value would be to check completed listings on eBay, or, just like BP said in the first part of his response, list it, start the bidding at asay, $10 and let it run, that's what's it's worth, what the open market will pay.

    Welcome back to MTB, I was going to chastise you for selling due to "kids and lack of time" Get the anchors out with you in a trailer, then a trail a bike, then their own rigs, and soon, in less time than should be legal, they'll be kicking your a$$.....

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    Don't plan for a big payday. Old stumpjumpers are on ebay all the time. Its worth about $150ish to $400ish depending on condition and how original it is. The high end would be for a barely ridden and carefully stored mint condition time capsule.

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    Thanks for the replies thus far - good and bad.

    It seems there certainly are some members here with an "Ebay" axe to grind if they use a noob's first time post as a forum to air thier laundry. Perhaps they need to spend less time here and more time on the trail taking out their frustrations ......

    I've decided to keep the ride. I don't image I'd see much more than a few hundred bucks for it given it's age. A spare is always good to have not to mention, I was thinking of working it over into a winter road commuter.

    My kids do ride with me now, not too long or technical yet but getting better by the year. Took them skiing yesterday for the first time and I was amazed at how quickly they took to it. I agree MendonCycleSmith, in no time they'll be kicking my butt all over the trail so I need to get back at'er to enjoy maybe a few years as top dog - then they'll be waiting for me at the trailhead.

    Thanks again to all .

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    I used to have a 97 Stumpjumper back in college, and I just bought a used 99 for my brother for Christmas. I loved that bike, and rode it all over town after I threw some slicks on it.

    As others have said, it's probably not worth more than a few hundred bucks, so it's probably best to keep it if there's a chance you'll ride it again (or need a backup.) If you do decide to sell, you'll probably get the most money by parting it out and throwing it on ebay. Just make sure you know what you're selling, otherwise you may try to cancel the auction and get reamed all over the interwebs for it (the ebay comments are about me ).

    If you want a bit of a softer ride, you can always go the tubeless route and run your tires at a slightly lower PSI. That, or just bigger tires in general (ensuring they clear the chainstays.) Since I've converted my '98 VooDoo Hoodoo to tubeless and dropped the PSI, the ride quality has improved dramatically. Granted, the conversion can be a bit spendy, but if you can find a good deal on UST rims, you can just throw some Stan's fluid in your regular tires and run it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino

    As others have said, it's probably not worth more than a few hundred bucks, so it's probably best to keep it if there's a chance you'll ride it again (or need a backup.) If you do decide to sell, you'll probably get the most money by parting it out and throwing it on ebay. Just make sure you know what you're selling, otherwise you may try to cancel the auction and get reamed all over the interwebs for it (the ebay comments are about me ).

    Translation: I don't have any clue about the value or origin of my own bikes, but I'd be glad to tell you how much your bike, which I've never seen is worth, and how to make the most $ in selling it





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    Come on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Translation: I don't have any clue about the value or origin of my own bikes, but I'd be glad to tell you how much your bike, which I've never seen is worth, and how to make the most $ in selling it





    Steve
    I know how much they're worth because I've purchased two and resold one of them before, and they pop up on craigslist quite often. I simply added my $0.02, although stumpy22 seems to have made up his mind already. Hopefully the tubeless info would be handy for increasing the ride comfort.

    Steve, please refrain from personal attacks on threads not dedicated to your whining. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino

    Steve, please refrain from personal attacks on threads not dedicated to your whining. Thanks.

    Sorry, but you'll get no mercy from me on this forum...take it or leave it, (sorry Mendon)



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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Sorry, but you'll get no mercy from me on this forum...take it or leave it, (sorry Mendon)

    Well golly, I better be careful then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino
    Well golly, I better be careful then!


    Speaking for myself, but I would be suprised if I'm the only one on here who finds it a bit disingenuous that you are posting.



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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Speaking for myself, but I would be suprised if I'm the only one on here who finds it a bit disingenuous that you are posting.



    Steve

    Steve, these are not your forums. I understand your concerns with me posting here, but I have some advice - get over it. If you don't like my posts, then don't read them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino
    Steve, these are not your forums. I understand your concerns with me posting here, but I have some advice - get over it. If you don't like my posts, then don't read them.


    Go back and read my prior post...no mercy...suck it up if you don't like the heat.

    I'm gonna ride you harder than I beat my Klein



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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Go back and read my prior post...no mercy...suck it up if you don't like the heat.

    I'm gonna ride you harder than I beat my Klein



    Steve

    I don't know what you do with your buddies for kicks, but I'm just not willing to let another man ride me. Sorry, Steve.



    All your talk about sucking, riding, and beating is making me a little uncomfortable..

    Good talk though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    I'm gonna ride you harder than I beat my Klein
    now there's a signature

    Cowboy Up !
    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino
    I don't know what you do with your buddies for kicks, but I'm just not willing to let another man ride me. Sorry, Steve.



    All your talk about sucking, riding, and beating is making me a little uncomfortable..

    Good talk though.


    Sophmoric, homophobic comments won't buy you a key to the castle. I'm all about making you uncomfortable though.



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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Sophmoric, homophobic comments won't buy you a key to the castle. I'm all about making you uncomfortable though.



    Steve

    Hey I'm no homophobe, I just don't enjoy other men in that fashion. Thanks for clarifying.

    I'll give you a minute to respond, I know you're probably lubing up your chamois for the long night of forum-surfing ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino
    Hey I'm no homophobe, I just don't enjoy other men in that fashion. Thanks for clarifying.

    I'll give you a minute to respond, I know you're probably lubing up your chamois for the long night of forum-surfing ahead.


    Remeber what I said about giving a man enough rope? Try to keep your feet on the floor, not that I'll shed a tear when you are swinging in the wind again.



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    Out for the night...feel free to stew all night looking for a snappy retort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Remeber what I said about giving a man enough rope? Try to keep your feet on the floor, not that I'll shed a tear when you are swinging in the wind again.



    Steve

    Out for the night...feel free to stew all night looking for a snappy retort.

    There you go again, trying to give me your rope.

    Steve, this innuendo has to stop. I'm blushing!

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    Way to go Stumpy22. Hell of an entrance. Just kidding. Boys back to your corners and ding! Round 3!

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    Awesome. Hey new guy, keep the stumpy. You would be hard pressed to find a better modern hardtail without spending a serious chunk of change. If you are taking a beating get a suspension seatpost. I had a 98 and loved it. I am turning 40 this year and I know how you feel. I ride everything from full rigid to 5.75 inches of travel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    drop the gloves and go already

    so would those be boxing gloves or latex?
    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
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    gotcha, didn't even think of that...I was going more with the direction the thread was going....downhill
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    i don't get it... all this because of a $50 GT? there are tons of bikes to be had around Steve. don't waste your energy w/ this... Karma is always around the corner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino
    Steve, this innuendo has to stop. I'm blushing!
    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts
    Awesome. Hey new guy, keep the stumpy. You would be hard [...]. If you are taking a beating [...] I know how you feel. I ride everything from full rigid to 5.75 inches of travel.

    Oh jeez.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    Oh jeez.....

    LOL. Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    jtmartino for president!

    you saw it here first folks...a rising star in the Illuminati party.... .

    I think jmartino just was accepted into the Illuminati's and became thier leader!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    watch more hockey
    Finland wins gold in Vancouver

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShamusWave
    Finland wins gold in Vancouver


    Hey! It's our olympics and our game, that gold is ours damnit!

    We just handed Norway their a$$es, we'll tell the Swedes to go back to making furniture today and then tomorrow we've got, let me see.................Switzerland

    Just those boys from down south to worry about really.

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    The "our Olympics" line cracks me up. I like the new Canadian arrogance. It will make all further smack downs by the USA so much more delightful.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    The "our Olympics" line cracks me up. I like the new Canadian arrogance. It will make all further smack downs by the USA so much more delightful.
    shame on you , Judas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpy22
    Me and my V-brakes, 80mm Judy and 40 year old legs . Most of the riding I do and enjoy around southern Ontario is technical single track. I always liked the handling and light weight of the M2 but find it quite punishing on my oldER bones.
    There are plenty of us that are older than you and and are well aware of our old bones, but we do fine riding hardtails (and even rigids). A decent late 90s hardtail (like your stumpy) can still be a nice trail bike and can give comparable performance to modern bikes if you upgrade to a modern 80mm fork (buy soon because choices in 80mm forks are getting limited, especially forks with brake bosses). Discs are nice but the difference between a decent v-brake setup and discs is not as huge as many would let you believe, and if you get a new fork you can put a disc on the front if you want (you'll need a new hub/wheel). A full suspension is a little easier on the body, but again, not as much as you're probably hoping for.
    Warning: may contain sarcasm and/or crap made up in an attempt to feel important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailville
    There are plenty of us that are older than you and and are well aware of our old bones, but we do fine riding hardtails (and even rigids). A decent late 90s hardtail (like your stumpy) can still be a nice trail bike and can give comparable performance to modern bikes if you upgrade to a modern 80mm fork (buy soon because choices in 80mm forks are getting limited, especially forks with brake bosses). Discs are nice but the difference between a decent v-brake setup and discs is not as huge as many would let you believe, and if you get a new fork you can put a disc on the front if you want (you'll need a new hub/wheel). A full suspension is a little easier on the body, but again, not as much as you're probably hoping for.
    +2

    I immediately found that once I started riding consistently, my hardtails and rigid Zaskar became tolerable. Much more to do with increasing my fitness level and regaining some finesse on the trail. It only hurt when I was tired and bashing over every obstacle in my way.

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    Canada? What?

    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    I like the new Canadian arrogance.
    I like the new slogan
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    Wow, do my eyes decieve me or is it a post related to my question?

    I go away for one night and leave you kids alone in the sandbox and look at what happens . I come back this a.m. to 38 posts. I thought......no way.....there can't be 38 (relevant) posts and I was right.

    Anyways thanks trailville and Linoleum, I'm keepin her. Started tuning it up last night. With the minimal snow we've had in southern Ont. this year the current riding conditions ain't too bad.

    On a side note. Our family has an large travel trailer and we do a lot of camping throughout the year in Ont. and upstate NY and Penn. I'm involved in a few RV boards that are so heavily moderated, this is refreshing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpy22
    Wow, do my eyes decieve me or is it a post related to my question?

    I go away for one night and leave you kids alone in the sandbox and look at what happens . I come back this a.m. to 38 posts. I thought......no way.....there can't be 38 (relevant) posts and I was right.

    Anyways thanks trailville and Linoleum, I'm keepin her. Started tuning it up last night. With the minimal snow we've had in southern Ont. this year the current riding conditions ain't too bad.

    On a side note. Our family has an large travel trailer and we do a lot of camping throughout the year in Ont. and upstate NY and Penn. I'm involved in a few RV boards that are so heavily moderated, this is refreshing.

    You forgot to say "Go Canada!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    i don't get it... all this because of a $50 GT? there are tons of bikes to be had around Steve. don't waste your energy w/ this... Karma is always around the corner.

    I would have to agree with colker1 on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV
    you saw it here first folks...a rising star in the Illuminati party.... .

    I think jmartino just was accepted into the Illuminati's and became thier leader!

    Hey, this whole sh!t storm was an ECS and GM special (they're your buddies right?).
    This doesn't have anything remotely to do with Illuminati.

    Besides...at the heart of this whole debacle is a GT...so your above statements have no possibility of becoming true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechagouki
    shame on you , Judas!

    LOL! BP is a Canadian traitor bastard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpy22
    Wow, do my eyes decieve me or is it a post related to my question?

    I go away for one night and leave you kids alone in the sandbox and look at what happens . I come back this a.m. to 38 posts. I thought......no way.....there can't be 38 (relevant) posts and I was right.

    Anyways thanks trailville and Linoleum, I'm keepin her. Started tuning it up last night. With the minimal snow we've had in southern Ont. this year the current riding conditions ain't too bad.

    On a side note. Our family has an large travel trailer and we do a lot of camping throughout the year in Ont. and upstate NY and Penn. I'm involved in a few RV boards that are so heavily moderated, this is refreshing.

    Haha! Ya, welcome to the VRC. We don't stay on topic and we like to throw sand in each others eyes.
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    First post here. I say keep the bike. I just started riding this bike again since I first bought it in 1997. I rode it 1-2 hundred miles a year off and on each year and most of it was commuting. Throughout the years I have done some upgrading. last year, the first year I really rode off road, I decided to replace it but I couldn"t find a bike that was as light (for my budget) and handles as well as my Stumpjumper M2. I tested many brands and bikes.

    My roommate recently got a 2009 GT Zaskar with full sram X-0, X9 and he loves the way my bike handles just as much.

    If you are going to stick with an HT, definitely keep it IMO. If you gonna be rocking the boulders, cliffs and logs off road and feel you need a full suspension then upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vancmann
    If you are going to stick with an HT, definitely keep it IMO. If you gonna be rocking the boulders, cliffs and logs off road and feel you need a full suspension then upgrade.

    Well said. Looks like you made some smart user friendly mods too. Dollar for value, no other modern hardtail will be that significantly different (better) than what you have going on.
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    Those green M2s look awesome. I've been wanting one for a while.

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