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Older Marin Indian Fire Trail

npnnpn Posts: 4
edited May 2016 in MTB buying advice
Hi there,

newbie here... I've been biking for about one year now, am in my early 40s and I'm looking to purchase this bike.

I was wondering if you guys can tell me what year this bike is, and if it's worth the price. Note, the seller couldn't tell me much except that it's missing it's pedals and that it's about 25 years old bike. Researching images and posts, I think it's maybe 1998, but can't be sure.

Here's the link: https://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/bik/5597298605.html

Thanks in advance1

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    Could be, check Bikepedia. As for value, this is mainly a Uk forum, so no idea what things are worth in the US. Probably if full XTR and not just one random bit, but I don't see much in that rubbish picture except the seatpost is back to front.
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,792
    As its ahead and not quill stem I'd put it at late 1990's as well.

    Try googling the model name and different years and looking at the images.
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • npnnpn Posts: 4
    Yes, I googled it but I can't find the exact same model. I was able to get them to send me a pic of frame number, and I can make out

    F459BAC...

    But I'm still unable to decipher the year.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    IFT was towards the top of the range.

    1997 and 8 had Manitou forks, but anything can be changed.
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  • npnnpn Posts: 4
    cooldad wrote:

    Were you able to tell that by looking at the frame number?

    Also, it's missing the pedals. What pedals can you recommend for a comparable replacement to it's original "Victor VP-106 clipless"?
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    Nope by looking at the picture.
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,792
    Peddles, anything clipless, Shimano M520 can be had off Amazon for sub £20, you'll need matching shoes as well of course.
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
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