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ive got a Specialised Stumpjumper from the mid 90's but i'm thinking of an upgrade, but not the same model, maybe something under a $1,000. (my wife would not allow it and we also househunting and will have a huge mortgage) if im lucky i might get a couple of hundred for my stumpjumper, which means it would cost me around $600-700 for a newer bike.
my question is, is it worthwhile getting a new bike for around a $1,000 (and paying $700) or whether for that money i may as well stick to the old stumpy. i went and had a look at the bike store yesterday its amazing how light the bikes are compare to the old stumpy (it feels like a brick in comparison)
what do you think?
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However if you do sell a bike you've had for 16 years and you do get back into cycling. You may regret the sale in the future.
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It was fitted up with reasonable gear back in the day but would be easy enough to fit up with a complete 9 or 10sp Deore V brake group for around $400 (check out Merlin Bikes in the UK). A brand name bike with these components (though in disc brakes) would cost you upwards of $1,200 today...
Given that it has a 1 1/8 head then you could also fit a modern suspended front fork if you do want to bring it up to date as a trail pounder....or go with a lightweight alloy or carbon rigid fork....
In all....modern frames are merely lighter. Not necessarily better. Or stronger. Yours is a quality Tange Prestige steel frame and well worth the effort to modernise...
http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/Bike ... &Type=bike
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Bottom line, if the frame's still in good nick and you enjoy riding it then an upgrade with newer bits won't be money against a wall.
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Bottom bracket is gone need newer ones
at least a rear tyre it was sliding abit going steep uphill (it is almost a semi slick atm)
maybe some cables and housing
other than that it was all sweet. in a way its good to have an old bike as everyone has a new one (or one under 5-8 years out there) its amazing how much fun it is on a mountain bike, more amazing ive only mountain bike twice in the last 3 years. the most amazing part is the treasures you can find at mum's shed (i might put my road bike in my mum's shed now )
anyway thanks for the tips!
- uncle arthur
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I built up a TREK 4300 from a second hand frame. Cost me about $500 all up, including parts and some specialist labour. And it's a smaller (ladies) frame.
Took it out dirt bashing with some mates with far more expensive, newer bikes, and there was nothing they could do that I couldn't, that wasn't only down to my skill level.
So the moral of our story is just ride it.
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A good/more expensive bike DOES make a difference when the going gets tough though
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