So how to buy second hand MTB bike without a headache?
Don’t buy a money pit!
Over the Internet you will find lots of second-hand bike offers, but we recommend to narrow your search only to those sellers who you can meet in person. Sadly, honest sellers are not so easy to find nowadays. If the bike turns out to be different from description after you have already accepted the delivery, proving your case might be difficult and time-consuming. Even if for some reasons you decide to buy via the Internet, at least speak with the seller over the phone. Ask about bike’s condition and manner in which it was used. Request photos of frame serial number and all crucial areas. If there are any problems at this stage, back out from the transaction.
Below you will find a short description of bike elements to be checked before you decide to buy it.
Flaws are more evident on clean bike
You may perform basic assessment of front and rear damper in the MTB bike by yourself, but in case of any doubts we recommend a visit to bike service center. Take a close look at the shins — if any part of their surface is uneven, this indicates owner’s negligence and can have negative impact on the performance of dampers. Check the condition of dust seals — degree of their wear will tell you a lot about the intensity of damper usage. You can check if front dumper is running smoothly by clamping breaks and pressing front wheel to the ground. In order to check rear damper, press the seat to the ground. If you have found a seller who can document bike servicing and seal exchanges, you are very lucky.