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    I am looking for a medium sized mountain bike. I want to get into riding. I am close to wampatuck. I am not looking to spend more than $450-$500, less if possible, since I am not sure how much I will ride it. I am 5'9", so I believe a medium is what I need. I am located in Weymouth, MA.

  • #2
    Worcester Craigslist

    No relation to the seller, but I noticed this Specialized FSR when it was posted. Looks to me like a great bike for $500.
    Might be worth inquiring if someone from the forum doesn't offer something better.

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    • #3
      looks like a good deal to me. can even sell/trade the wheelset for disc brakes. i highly recomend discs
      -Doug

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Reptilzs View Post
        looks like a good deal to me. can even sell/trade the wheelset for disc brakes. i highly recomend discs

        THat is a nice bike. Since I am new to this, and it is at the top of my range, I am hoping a member might have a good deal as well. Does the bike belong to a member here?

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        • #5
          Yes, I highly recommend you watch the bke section in Craigs List every day (check morning and night) and you will be amazed at what pops up. I see stuff like you are looking for all the time so be patient. Make sure you look in "All Boston" and it covers all the territories. http://http://boston.craigslist.org/bik/

          Decide if you want a full suspension or hard tail. Hard tail can be had for less money generally and are easier to find. Go with disk brakes, even the mechanical ones are better than a rim brake.

          If you find something that looks good to you on CL post the link here to get some expert opinions.
          Last edited by ktmdad; January 17th, 2010, 07:40 PM.

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          • #6
            http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/bik/1554356692.html

            I just emailed to find out about that one. Not sure on the size, but what do you guys think?

            Also how about a Marin Bear VAlley? I know 2 totally different bikes. I can get the marin for $250.

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            • #7
              http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/1558143135.html this one doesnt look that bad. though too small and a questionable history. dj an xc bike??? crazy. the cannondale doesnt really grab my interest
              -Doug

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              • #8
                Cannondale is over 10 years old with rim brakes and the Jamis is a dirt jump bike not a mtn. bike.

                Keep looking, you can do much better.

                Again, do you want a hard tail or full suspension bike. Is $500 the absolute max you would pay?

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                • #9
                  trust me that jamis is no dj bike, it is a XC bike. the frame is from around 05. my buddy has the same one but 21in frame.
                  -Doug

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Reptilzs View Post
                    trust me that jamis is no dj bike, it is a XC bike. the frame is from around 05. my buddy has the same one but 21in frame.
                    Well it's set up for dirt jump. Tiny 14" frame, no front brake even though the disk appears to be there. I see no shift levers so it could be single speed althought the derailluer looks to be there also.

                    Won't fit him anyway besides being way to much work.

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                    • #11
                      2009 Gary Fisher Wahoo

                      2009 Gary Fisher Wahoo Disc 17.5 inch - $400.00 firm

                      This bike is Metallic Silver and very attractive. It has endured one year of XC racing in the beginner Category and performed above expectations. I swapped out the tires for more aggressive racing treads but will sell it with the originals. Also, I had new brake pads and grips put on in July.

                      Here are the reviews from MTBR: http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-har...2_1527crx.aspx

                      BTW: I'm 5'9" with long limbs. The bike fit a little small but the size provided me with greater power and control.

                      Fisher Bikes Technical details: http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/wahoo-disc

                      Why am I selling it? I got sponsored at the end of the year and used my new discount to purchase an expensive full suspension Fuji. After riding my new Fuji for a few months I will never go back to racing a hardtail. I don't regret it though, it was a great place to start.
                      MTB Events, Reviews and Opinions at: Bog Dogs Secret Stash

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                      • #12
                        I guess I need to research the big differences between hardtail and full suspension. What would be best for my riding style?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by vfly172 View Post
                          I guess I need to research the big differences between hardtail and full suspension. What would be best for my riding style?
                          Well, what's your riding style? Background in riding, what do you want to ride the bike on? Easy trails, dirt roads and paths or technical, muddy, rocky, rooty type trails?

                          I came from a dirt bike back ground and love technical, rocky, rooty trails with 3' or less jumps/drop offs etc. and went full suspension right away and to save my 52YO back. I new what I wanted to do with the bike, was willing to pay for it and know I made the right decision. Smoking good deal on a used 08 Cannondale Prophet 1 for $1500 in pristine condition. A 3K bike.

                          You say you are not sure how much you will use the bike so that Fisher listed above just might do the trick. Finding a $500 or less full suspension bike that's decent and doesn't require a bunch of work will be difficult. Not saying it can't be done but you need to really know your stuff and what your looking at. Or have a good buddy that does!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bogdogs View Post
                            2009 Gary Fisher Wahoo Disc 17.5 inch - $400.00 firm

                            This bike is Metallic Silver and very attractive. It has endured one year of XC racing in the beginner Category and performed above expectations. I swapped out the tires for more aggressive racing treads but will sell it with the originals. Also, I had new brake pads and grips put on in July.

                            Here are the reviews from MTBR: http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-har...2_1527crx.aspx

                            BTW: I'm 5'9" with long limbs. The bike fit a little small but the size provided me with greater power and control.

                            Fisher Bikes Technical details: http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/wahoo-disc

                            Why am I selling it? I got sponsored at the end of the year and used my new discount to purchase an expensive full suspension Fuji. After riding my new Fuji for a few months I will never go back to racing a hardtail. I don't regret it though, it was a great place to start.
                            PM sent. very interested, but also still looking for other bikes.

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                            • #15
                              Ok, here is a sweet deal on an amost brand new Kona full suspension bike used 3 times. You would need to up your price range $150 but just look what you get.

                              //http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/1563743623.html

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