Mountain Bike Reviews Forum banner
1 - 20 of 28 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
25 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Looking to buy my first full suspension MTB and have some options locally. I am buying used to save a bit of money. Looking to spend $3000 or less.

I am 5'10" with 32 inseam

Some local options I have narrowed it down to are:

2018 Giant Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 ($3000) size Medium

Lots of carbon. PNW dropper post.

2020 Niner Jet 9 RDO ($3000) size Large

Stock

2021 Scott Spark 960 ($2250) size Medium

Stock

I know very little about component quality, i.e. which is better than another.

Plan is to ride XC and some flow with my son. Nothing too aggressive and more to get back into a shape other than soft and round. :)

I love the Niner, but I am afraid it is too big for me. Leaning towards the Giant, but wasn't sure if a 2018 model was becoming "old." Just not sure if I am a Medium or Large.

All bikes appear to be well maintained.

Seeking advice on which bike to take a serious look at since they are each an hour away in opposite directions and I don't want to waste my or the seller's time on a bike that wouldn't be a good fit.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
1,421 Posts
I'm 5'11" with a 32" inseam, and I ride a large. Bike fits very nicely, but I have rode mediums as well. It really depends on each bike.

A $3000 used bike isn't going to cost you just $3000, just like a free puppy isn't really free. Keep in mind, you would likely want new tires, grips, and a seat. It also wouldn't hurt to have a shop go through the bike after purchase for a tune up. For that reason I'd look at the Spark first.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
298 Posts
I would suggest test riding them to see if you like the fit, I would just pick one and see if you like the fit, then make your decision from there. I am also 5’10” and with a 33 inch inseam, when I got back into biking a year ago, I thought a large frame would be too big for me, so I went with a medium frame (also because of a decent deal). I’ve gotten used to it, but I still feel that the bike is a little cramped for me. I do wish that I had waited for a large to come in stock. Even though we are the average height, the bike manufacturers have put us in an awkward position of being at the very top of the size range of medium and very bottom of a large. Riders and shops with bikes in this category will understand that you want to test ride around a parking lot to get a feel for the fit. If they don’t agree, then that should be a good clue to avoid them anyway.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
25 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I forgot to mention...

I did just purchase my son a new Ibis Ripley AF in a medium and it feels a bit cramped. Bike is awesome though! Appears that sizes vary between manufacturers as well. Seems like Niner's run big.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
298 Posts
I looked at the current versions of those bikes (I didn’t dig into archives to find if those model years are different from the current models). It looks like a Ibis Ripley AF in medium has a 450mm reach.

Your options from above:
Giant Anthem in medium is 437mm reach
Niner Jet 9 in large is 475mm reach
Scott Spark 960 in medium is 440mm reach

If you feel cramped on the Ripley, based on these reach numbers, the two medium options are going to feel even more cramped. I would recommend trying the Niner and seeing how you like it.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
13,492 Posts
A $3000 used bike isn't going to cost you just $3000, just like a free puppy isn't really free. Keep in mind, you would likely want new tires, grips, and a seat. It also wouldn't hurt to have a shop go through the bike after purchase for a tune up.
Same things applies to a new bike, just the tune-up gets pushed out a few weeks.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
13,492 Posts
True, but most shops do a few tune ups for free with a new bike purchase.

Whatever gets your goat to float in a boat.
"Free", besides the extra up-front cost of the bike.

Really, the most important advantage to buying new is having a warranty.
I would never even consider buying a bike for more than a couple thousand dollars (if that) that didn't come with a factory warranty, particularly a carbon bike.

Looks like the OP is only looking at used bikes to begin with, so none of our points apply here anyway. 🤷‍♂️
 

· Registered
Joined
·
624 Posts
"Free", besides the extra up-front cost of the bike.

Really, the most important advantage to buying new is having a warranty.
I would never even consider buying a bike for more than a couple thousand dollars (if that) that didn't come with a factory warranty, particularly a carbon bike.

Looks like the OP is only looking at used bikes to begin with, so none of our points apply here anyway. 🤷‍♂️
This was my thinking. If spending $3000, why not buy something new with a warranty? That Anthem could have a crack waiting to show it head under the paint and you wouldn't know it. If it cracks (as Giant frames are known to crack) you got no recourse but to ship it off to a carbon repair specialist. Not money well spent IMO. $2000 and under for used. $3000, push for new.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
25 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
I get what you're saying and appreciate it... Buying a used carbon framed bike is risky.

LBS new bikes are out of my price range right now and supply is still limited. Called multiple LBSs and the lowest priced bike is a Santa Cruz at just over $5000. The place we bought the Ripley AF has a Ripley Carbon coming in a few weeks, but it is $7000+. Supply of new MTBs is just very limited.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
624 Posts
I get what you're saying and appreciate it... Buying a used carbon framed bike is risky.

LBS new bikes are out of my price range right now and supply is still limited. Called multiple LBSs and the lowest priced bike is a Santa Cruz at just over $5000. The place we bought the Ripley AF has a Ripley Carbon coming in a few weeks, but it is $7000+. Supply of new MTBs is just very limited.
I looked online at a few places and everything I would suggest is out of stock. I feel your pain. Getting on a waiting list is the new way to buy a new bike now.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
13,492 Posts
I get what you're saying and appreciate it... Buying a used carbon framed bike is risky.

LBS new bikes are out of my price range right now and supply is still limited. Called multiple LBSs and the lowest priced bike is a Santa Cruz at just over $5000. The place we bought the Ripley AF has a Ripley Carbon coming in a few weeks, but it is $7000+. Supply of new MTBs is just very limited.
My buddy picked up a new Devinci Troy recently right around your price point.
They are available and in stock from a number of places based on a quick look.

I'm sure there are others as well; I grabbed a Process a few weeks ago myself for a little more than what you're looking to spend.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
25 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
This is the Niner. Bicycle BlueBook doens't show anything for the 2020, but it appears the 2021 on BBB is this bike.

Think I will take a look at it tomorrow evening. Not getting a good vibe from the seller of the Giant, and it has a lot of carbon fiber so issues could be there and I wouldn't notice them till its too late.
 

Attachments

· Registered
Joined
·
433 Posts
I forgot to mention...

I did just purchase my son a new Ibis Ripley AF in a medium and it feels a bit cramped. Bike is awesome though! Appears that sizes vary between manufacturers as well. Seems like Niner's run big.
You bought your son a new ride and you're buying yourself used. You are a great dad. I hope you guys make awesome memories together. I've made some happy ones with my boy out in the trails.
 

· SPECIALizED
Joined
·
769 Posts
This is the Niner. Bicycle BlueBook doens't show anything for the 2020, but it appears the 2021 on BBB is this bike.

Think I will take a look at it tomorrow evening. Not getting a good vibe from the seller of the Giant, and it has a lot of carbon fiber so issues could be there and I wouldn't notice them till its too late.
If it fits, I'd go for it, it's a great bike. For whatever reason, Niner gets no love. I have well over 13k miles on mine and ride it pretty hard. What build is it?
 

· Registered
Joined
·
943 Posts
This was my thinking. If spending $3000, why not buy something new with a warranty? That Anthem could have a crack waiting to show it head under the paint and you wouldn't know it. If it cracks (as Giant frames are known to crack) you got no recourse but to ship it off to a carbon repair specialist. Not money well spent IMO. $2000 and under for used. $3000, push for new.
Agreed. I'd get a brand Meta for $3k and replace/upgrade parts as needed.
 
1 - 20 of 28 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top