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Trading bikes or frames?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by ChrisRobin, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. ChrisRobin

    ChrisRobin Turbo Monkey

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    Selling and buying things is pretty straight forward...What about 'trading' items like full bikes and frames?

    What do people normally do to ensure a safe trade?
     

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  2. blt2ride

    blt2ride Turbo Monkey

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    Unless I know the person, I would probably keep my trades limited to local riders--so the exchange can be made in person.
     
  3. oly

    oly skin cooker for the hive

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    trade local where you can see it in person is a must. I know a few people who got screwed pretty bad doing trades. Forks that were messed up, frames with cracks.
     
  4. Zark

    Zark Hey little girl, do you want some candy?

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    I've only ever traded once and it was for a different size of the same year frame to a fellow monkey (props to JeffD) It went smoothly, but there was some post count based trust. Be careful.
     
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    I am not a fan of buying used stuff but it can be a good way to save money. The problem is that it often ends up costing nearly as much as going new anyway. Buy local, and buy from friends or at least someone who is a friend of a friend so you get an honest description of how it was used.

    For a used FS frame I would factor in the cost of immediately replacing all bearings and pivot hardware so you know you are starting with a clean slate.

    For a complete bike, factor in the possibility of needing all new drivetrain components (at least a chain and cassette, if not rings too) as well as brake pads, maybe a new handlebar to be safe, maybe tires, cables, different weight springs front and rear (unless it's air), etc.