What is my old MTB worth?

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What is my old MTB worth?

Postby Biffidus » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:18 am

I've just replaced my old MTB and a relative was interested in buying it but I have no idea how much it is worth, if anything. It was purchased in 1997 and had a RRP of $1200. It has been ridden regularly since then with no major problems, just replacing parts as they wear out. Can anyone give me an idea what a reasonable price for this bike would be?

  • 1997 Shimano SlickRock STX MTB, aluminium frame, RST suspension forks (no lockout), Shimano STX-RC components (DEORE precursor), V-brakes, 24 speed.
  • Bottom bracket, cranks, chainrings, cassette and chain replaced in 2009 with DEORE components.
  • Gear select (quick shifters) replaced with Alivio units in 2012.
  • Vittoria Randonneur 26x1.5" fitted in 2012
  • planetbike mudguards & stand included.

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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby warthog1 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:26 am

If it's a relative, that's family, just give it to them I reckon.
I'm no expert but I wouldn't pay more than $150-200 which is about half the weekly grocery bill :cry: :x

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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby zero » Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:32 pm

2009 deore crankset, cassette and chain have a new replacement value of ~$150 today, and would risk being worn after 4 years.

Note that in the same timeframe I've fitted a new deore crankset, worn a deore middle ring out, replaced it with an SLX one (best part of the SLX group is that middle ring), and fitted, worn out and replaced a cassette and 3 chains.

Rest of the bike is life expired ie no real value. (second hand rim braked rims are not valuable items).

Would be a freebie to a relative if I owned it, after giving it a thorough lookover for fatigue at the welds, and I'd tell them to bring it back to me in a couple of thousand kms for a replacement chain or if it started shifting badly.

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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby lump_a_charcoal » Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:47 pm

A case of beer.

Good beer though.
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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby rheicel » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:03 pm

1 slab


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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby trailgumby » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:40 pm

I bought from a neighbour a similar vintage Trek mtb that required pedals and a bit of straightening work on the derailleur and hanger for about $10. It was more cosmetically challenged than the above example, which was what attracted me to it - no one's gonna steal that.

So as long as it's in good mechanical condition, a case of beer or similar value would be about right.
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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby Bob_TAS » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:43 pm

I'd be more inclined to donate it to a bike kitchen or some such.

Plenty of less fortunate people out there whose lives could benefit from such a beastie!

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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby Biffidus » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:15 pm

So... somewhere in the slab-of-beer to $200 range. I can live with that.

Thanks :)

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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby munga » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:04 pm

all depends on how much you like your relative.
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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby Dan » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:23 pm

Definitely 50-150

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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby gorilla monsoon » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:40 pm

Freebie to a slab. Anything more than that and you start to look like Ebenezer Scrooge.
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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby bychosis » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:44 pm

My rule of thumb is any fully working bike in reasonable condition and from a low-mid range of a reputable brand and over 10 years old should be $100-$150. Higher end or rare stuff depends on the collectors market.
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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby munga » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:39 pm

Dan wrote:Definitely 50-150
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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby human909 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:59 pm

$150. But it is all about need and how well it is running currently.

I just have poured $250 into a bike of similar Vintage (slightly better quality with Rockshocks) :? . But it is my darling do it all commuter. $200 for full deore drive chain and derailluer upgrade. $50 for a new tyre and tube when I got a flat on the old crappy one.

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Re: What is my old MTB worth?

Postby Biffidus » Sun May 05, 2013 4:53 pm

human909 wrote:$150. But it is all about need and how well it is running currently.

It's running really well actually - up until last year I was commuting on it regularly and replacing parts with equivalent or better quality components as necessary. I was very tempted to hold on to it as a backup for when my all the high-tech bits break on my new commuter break and it has to go back in for servicing.

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