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Posted: Oct 13, 2021 at 13:06 Quote
Hello,

I wanted to hear peoples thoughts on purchasing a used carbon Rocky Mountain Instinct that has been ridden hard and raced? It appears to be in good shape and well maintained. How much can those carbon frames and wheels take though? What to look for?

Posted: Oct 13, 2021 at 22:51 Quote
Carbon or alloy, I don't think it matters. Anything ridden hard or raced has been pushed harder than "normal" riding, so the likelihood of dents, scratches, cracks, etc is higher. Check the frame over *really* thoroughly in person before buying - a decent seller won't mind you being overly cautious - and just be aware that its lifetime might be shorter than buying it brand new and babying it

But for what it's worth, I've never bought a brand new carbon or alloy bike, always second hand. Never had an issue with any of them.

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 at 9:16 Quote
TimMog wrote:
Carbon or alloy, I don't think it matters. Anything ridden hard or raced has been pushed harder than "normal" riding, so the likelihood of dents, scratches, cracks, etc is higher. Check the frame over *really* thoroughly in person before buying - a decent seller won't mind you being overly cautious - and just be aware that its lifetime might be shorter than buying it brand new and babying it

But for what it's worth, I've never bought a brand new carbon or alloy bike, always second hand. Never had an issue with any of them.

Thank you! With the carbon frame, is there anything in particular to look for that would show that the frame might be compromised other than obvious cracks? How about with Santa Cruz Reserve carbon rims?

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 at 14:23 Quote
With carbon, if you can detect any softness when pushing your thumb into any damaged/scuffed areas, don't buy it. Or at least prepare yourself for the cost of getting it fixed. With the rims, see if you can see any loose fibres around chips or dinged areas. Again, these can be fixed (usually)

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