It’s time. My Specialized Camber FSR 29″ has been a great first serious mountain bike, but its size medium frame has always been a little too small for my 6’1″ body. I am still hedging a bit, but I listed it for sale this past Saturday, with links to the Craigslist ad posted on several mountain bike group sites, as well as FB Marketplace.
I picked up the bike from the shop last Friday afternoon, paid them $200 to assemble the components from the old frame to the warranty replacement frame. The bike now has a new medium frame, new drive train (cassette, chain, chainrings, rear derailleur), new handlebar grips, seat, and tires that were new last August. The shocks have been serviced and rebuilt, as has the bottom bracket.
If the bike fit me, I would keep it. It’s ready for the season and it looks very good. The picture was taken last Saturday morning, before I washed up the tires for the listing. I love the bike and just spent a little over $450 to get it ready to ride. Instead, I am crossing my fingers that someone will buy it for close to the $1500 asking price (my basement price is $1000). The money I get will go towards the purchase of a new bike that will fit me.
Someone offered me $750 last night, told me that a bike blue book website says it is only worth close to $800 in good condition. I told him I would take $1200 since the site doesn’t take into account a new frame and components that were upgraded to Rockshox and SRAM GX from the Suntour suspension and low end Shimano shifting components the website used to calculate the value. $1200 is a very fair price for this bicycle, as is the $1500 asking price. There are also two people coming by to look at the bike tonight. I am not going to give the bike away and will simply keep it if I don’t get the price that I want.