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Trek 8500 frame

AdamPAdamP Posts: 105
edited October 2007 in MTB buying advice
Hello,

Want some impartial advice please!!!!

Trying to build my own bike up. Got a GT Avalanche 1.0 that I want to replace as quite like the whole XC thing.

My all-knowing mate has offered me his 2004 Trek 8500 frame for £90. Good condition with just normal wear and tear.

Is this a good buy or is he trying to screw the novice biker over??

Thanks! :D


Adam
Trek 8500 w/ Singlespeed Conversion - http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/1697041/
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  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    This frame?

    04TK850004sm.jpg

    It should be a superb frame to build up for xc duties.
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  • AdamPAdamP Posts: 105
    Hi Andy,

    Yeah, different colour, it's grey-blue ish but definitely trek 8500.

    so is £90 reasonable for just the frame that's almost 4 years old?
    Trek 8500 w/ Singlespeed Conversion - http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/1697041/
    Airnimal Chameleon
  • AdamPAdamP Posts: 105
    Also, is 19" the right size for someone whose 5'11 / 6ft and about 100kg?

    sorry for all the questions, thanks for the help!!!! :D
    Trek 8500 w/ Singlespeed Conversion - http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/1697041/
    Airnimal Chameleon
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    The '08 Trek 8500 (full bike) is £1400, a 3-4 year old full bike might be worth about £500+ (rough estimate based on other 2nd hand Trek's I've seen)

    So £90 sounds like a good deal.

    Are you transferring the parts from your GT to the Trek? Make sure that the stuff fits (seatpost, F.Mech, forks - steerer length, etc), or you could have to shell out for new parts!
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  • AdamPAdamP Posts: 105
    Thanks Andy! :D
    Trek 8500 w/ Singlespeed Conversion - http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/1697041/
    Airnimal Chameleon
  • easygeasyg Posts: 266
    To be honest if you can stretch to c. £150 for a frame then look at the On One Inbred 456 which was built for fast XC riding - this thing has never had a bad word said about it and in fact gets rave comments all the time. For £150 brand new you can't go wrong although I have never ridden one.

    Obviously there are a whole load of hardtail frame options varying in price but that would only be if you could spend quite a few hundred quid (Orange, Santa Cruz, Cove etc etc) I know I've just bought a hardtail frame for a new project starting from scratch.

    EDIT: Sorry, to answer your original question as well - I think £90 is a bit steep personally given the options that are available nowadays both new and on eBay.
    "If you think straight enough, you can see round corners"
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