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Should I buy a used 26 mountain bike?

Here’s a quick pic of my new “old” ride –

Cannondale Scalpel Team Replica 2007


Yeah yeah I know what you are going to say….

But its a 10 year old bike….

And its a 26er….

But its a 12 year old bike….

And its a 27 speed….

But its a 10 year old bike!!

I originally fell for this bike back in 2008….with its super lightweight frame lefty fork and carbon chainstays. But then it was way out of my price range as a team replica xc race bike.

But when it came up on Gumtree I was sold and thought it would be a great just to hang on the wall and admire.

But after a quick loop around my local cross country trails I was in awe…this thing is an xc weapon.

Ok the lefty fork is a bit notchy (but my local Cannondale dealer assures me he can still get kits to rebuild it as good as new)

And its a bit scratched up

And yes its old 2007 technology

But its super stiff, super light, super sharp turning and climbs like a rat up a drain pipe

I can certainly see why it rocked in its day.

It may not be the ultimate “play” bike, but it sure brings out a smile every time I ride it.

I am Rod Bucton. This is Sports Adventure

I help busy over 40 year old fathers get fit, lean, strong and get out and play.

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