I had a cake dlx and it was a pretty awful bike. Stupid high BB meant it handled like a dog and the chain growth/feedback was the deal breaker. Life got better when I sold that one! Sorry to burst your bubble but a trance x or stumpjumper will serve you far better.
Yeah, my biggest piece of "wisdom" to share could have been stated much shorter. The market is thin for this voltage bike, so don't negotiate against yourself. You may be the only person with serious interest so offer low and walk away if they won't budge.I don't know about one of the best bikes ever, but it's a good bike with good reviews aside from chain suck, which was caused by the old pivots from the first year. I see the cakes go for around $500 to $600 on craigs list. I would shoot for that range. Like cjsb said its and older bike and bikes mtb do not hold value well. $800 is very high IMO. Also, remember that the bike has 2006 technology regardless of the condition. That's a 2006 fork and rear shock. Geometry is solid however, but my cake definitely performs much better with newer tech I upgraded to which adds up in $.
Sorry for the long rant about the cake, :rant: but I was bored last night waiting for the kid to go down. I was looking into a new bike around '08 and that's why I became very aware of the geometry of the cake since I was looking for a similar feel but with better tech. Decided to upgrade parts instead and now I am looking for a 29er to add to my stable. I have been through a lot of bikes, but hold onto the ones I like a lot.
Firstly....be careful taking advice from anyone who uses the term "endoing"Sorry beardi, but it doesn't appear you know what your talking about.
I would not listen to his advice. The 26" giant trance x and 26" stumper jumper fsr have higher bottom brackets than the cake. More than a 1/2" "stupider".
Since beardi doesn't know how to tell if one BB is higher or lower than another, I would guess he never set the rear shock up correctly. Again, sorry beardi
This means you can run a shorter stem for better stability and decreased likelihood of endoing.
Also, the cake is a single pivot with no links, so it is very plush and has great small bump compliance.
Finally, the cake is a very solid and well built bike made here in the good ole USA :thumbsup: The giant trance was made in Taiwan or China and I think the stumpy was made in Taiwan as well. Nuf said there.
So my 2006 cake, which was the last year produced had huge chain suck issues. Your "old pivot" theory is incorrect.I don't know about one of the best bikes ever, but it's a good bike with good reviews aside from chain suck, which was caused by the old pivots from the first year. I
Wow. Hope I never have to sell you anything. I have a 2006 cake. Nice bike. Bit of a wimpy rear pivot, but nice bike. Certainly worth $600 if barely ridden. Not like the bike has gone off like a piece of old fish or something.Well, now you know that the Cake was one of the best bikes ever, you may have to offer $800 now thanks to that post...Like said above, this is an old bike, if you go for it offer well below five.
Yeah, i was over-the-top in my response on how low to go with price. Still, buying something that old from that brand is a higher risk in my opinion and the market could have very few buyers. " No reason to offer asking price " would have been a better response.Wow. Hope I never have to sell you anything. I have a 2006 cake. Nice bike. Bit of a wimpy rear pivot, but nice bike. Certainly worth $600 if barely ridden. Not like the bike has gone off like a piece of old fish or something.
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