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I'm looking to buy a DH bike and I have a couple of options. One is to buy a used but in good condition 2008/2009 Giant Glory 1 (always hard to tell for sure what sort of life its had though with 2nd hand) or for about twice the price a brand new 2010 Glory 01 or Trek Session 88.

I'd be pushing it cash wise to get one of the new bikes, but at the same time if the performance will be a lot better I'd rather spend a bit more and get something I'm really happy with. Has anyone ridden an older Glory then gone to the newer model or maybe the Trek, and if so, was the ride a lot better, or value for money is the older style Glory still a good bike which doesn't really give up too much to the newer models?

I can't demo these bikes unfortunately.
 

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If this is your first DH bike, then I'd suggest buying used. The Giant Glory's are great bikes and have always been one of the better deals when buying new, which translates into a better deal used. I've seen quite a few 08,09,10's on EBay, and they seem to be in and arounjd the 1,800.00 range.

Try to find one local so that you can go inspect it first hand before you buy it. Don't forget that photos always make things look better than they are, and one person's idea of "like new, or in great shape" may not be the same as yours. You can usually tell how well a bike has been treated/maintained by inspecting the entire bike for yourself. If you don't know how to tell for yourself, then take one of your "bike savvy" friends to help you out.

You can also find good deals at your local bike shop. A lot of times the guys working there are selling off their 1 year old bikes to buy the latest and greatest. These bikes are usually in pretty good shape.

http://sporting-goods.shop.ebay.com...kw=&_osacat=33503&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1311
 

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Why don't you get the Trek Sessions or 2010 Glory's used? Older Glory's are heavy beasts. Lots of used models for sale, both Sessions and newer Glory's.
 

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Go for 2nd hand. You can easily get spares for most bikes online now. I managed to get a downhill bike and then upgrade lots of parts for less than £800.
 

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Cool thanks. Yeah a 2nd hand '10 Glory would be ideal but not too many around yet down here ( New Zealand)
 

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I would be more than happy to have a second hand....literally....lmfao :p
 

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what level would you DH race at?? beginner or sport.....get used

how long you been riding under 2 years ....get used

do you ride all year around or hit and miss?? ....get used

if you are asking questions on the Internet.....get a used bike

low on cash......get a used bike


I am betting your best bet is to get a used bike
 

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Used is good if you can find your size.
I am currently looking at used bikes and its very hard to find a large in the few models of bike I want. Sucks.
 

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Haha yeah good points S M T. I've been riding a while and have a Nomad for fun and xc bike for racing but probably won't be racing the DH bike, so 2nd hand is prob the way to go. Just hate the feeling of 'should have saved/spent a but more to get what I really wanted' but since it won't be raced kinda think it'd be a bit greedy getting something too flash, so really just wanted too see if much would be lost getting an older model Glory, and it sounds like it wouldn't be.
 
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