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Buy ex hire MBT

  • 23-02-2023 7:45pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,435 ✭✭✭

    Would it be worth buying an ex hire mbt or would they have had a tough life?


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,166 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    buying sight unseen, or with a view to examine them? it's possible they've been well looked after because they're rental?

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,128 ✭✭✭Quigs Snr

    ... gut reaction ? That would be the cycling equivalent of marrying a pornstar.

    But if you are going to physically view the bike then I dont see why not. If you know what you are doing you could snag a bargain.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,400 Mod ✭✭✭✭CramCycle

    I know plenty who've bought of various places and had good luck getting a good deal. Might depend more on the place you are buying them from than how rough a ride they have had. Also the MTB sub forum might be a better place to ask.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,603 ✭✭✭✭Squidgy Black

    If it’s been serviced frequently then you’re probably no worse off than buying a bike off adverts etc, if anything you’re probably more likely to get a bike that’s actually had work done to it to keep it going.

    You’d just need to check all the usual consumables and look over the frame for any signs of cracking etc, make sure the bearings aren’t gritty

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,435 ✭✭✭phelixoflaherty

    They'll call back tomorrow if they've any available.

    Thanks for the replys.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 126 ✭✭casion3

    Most hire bikes are moved on before they get trashed. The hire ppl want to get a good return on them.

    I know a few lads who bought ex hire bike and it went well.

    And you could get ctw on it as well

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,700 ✭✭✭ec18

    I bought an ex hire from bike park Ireland years ago, and it was a great deal, I got a Kona Process about 8 months old for about half the retail. 6 years on it's given very little bother other than regular maintenance stuff.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,435 ✭✭✭phelixoflaherty

    The bike I was offered was a Scott Aspect (2015 I think). €180 c.

    It would be hard to get parts for it?

    I just want to try it for a while and get it out of my system or if I like to progress from there

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,179 ✭✭✭DaveyDave

    Looks like a budget XC bike. My main concern would be the fork leaking and not rebounding properly if it's a cheaper coil fork. Think it's about €100 or so plus labour for a new coil fork.

    Plenty of people are riding older bikes, nothing a bit of TLC and a tune up won't fix. Can't tell what drivetrain it is but older stuff like 3x9 still have plenty of parts, newer budget bikes still have 8 or 9 speed drivetrains if you need new gears or a fresh chain.

    If it's 26" wheels you'll have slightly less choice for tyres but still options out there if you need new ones. If you like it, you could make a few affordable upgrades like a dropper seat post, better tyres or a bigger brake rotor up front for more stopping power without spending a fortune.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,435 ✭✭✭phelixoflaherty

    Bought it but will have to replace front fork.

    Its a suntour xt..

    As a brand, owner said Suntour brand are not the best.

    On the lookout for a fork now,

    Any advice would be appreciated

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,179 ✭✭✭DaveyDave

    I think that bike uses a non-tapered fork, so 1 1/8" straight steerer tube? A RockShox Judy 100mm, 27.5" air fork is around €150 online, you'd just need a bike shop to install it for you. You'd also need a fork pump, you can get one for around €20-25.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,435 ✭✭✭phelixoflaherty

    Thanks a million for the info

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,435 ✭✭✭phelixoflaherty

    this would do?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,435 ✭✭✭phelixoflaherty

    This would do?

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,148 ✭✭✭✭Lemming

    That looks like a tapered steerer, so if your frame can only take a 1 1/8 straight-steerer tube it wont fit. Having said that, the photo could just be a stock photo so best to double check the fine print on whatever version of a fork you think you are buying

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,435 ✭✭✭phelixoflaherty