How to choose your second-hand MTB
Second-hand mountain bikes: a revision is necessary
You've just bought your second-hand MTB and are ready to ride on the steep trails but before that, a small revision is strongly advised. By checking the general condition of the bike and replacing the worn parts if necessary, you ensure that everything is in order for your own safety
On a second-hand MTB, there may be a part to modify, a piece you want to change to improve the performance, an accessory to add... The many references available on the Alltricks website will help you make your dreams come true.
MTB parts you should look out for
- The frame: inspect its condition, especially if it's a carbon frame that is more likely to break if it has already been exposed to shocks. Don't hesitate to ask questions to the seller to find out more about its use. This is all the more important if you buy an MTB for DH or Dirt.
- The headset: turn the handlebars to feel whether or not the movement is fluid, without resistance.
- Brakes: for V-brakes, check for wear on the brake shoe, cables and rims. For disc brakes, check the condition of the brake pads. For hydraulic brakes, check that there is no air in the circuit and, if so, purge it and replace the fluid.
- Suspensions: check the fork, the tubes must slide perfectly when you press the hanger. If the second-hand MTB is equipped with a double suspension, consider doing the same for the rear shock absorber by jumping with the bike. It shouldn't be blocked during operation.
- The crankset and transmission: check that the cranksets and pinions have no broken teeth and watch out for chain wear. Check the crank bearings by moving the cranks. The derailleur: check that the chain is aligned and that the tensionersnare clean, then test the gear shift.
- The wheels: check the wear of the tires and cleats, if the wheels are twisted and if the nuts are a tight fit. Check that there is no displacement from left to right to ensure that the bearings are in good condition.
Seek professional advice
At Bikexperience by Alltricks.com, located in Coignières, our technicians welcome you for a complete service of your second-hand MTB: brake adjustments, derailleurs, headset, tyre pressure check, wear of the transmission... Everything is verified so you can ride safely!
- For a full service, you can make an appointment from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm.
- For an express service, it's possible to come during the showroom's opening hours and your bicycle will be immobilized for less than an hour.
How to improve your second-hand MTB
Before you get started with your new second-hand MTB, you have the opportunity to add some equipment to gain in comfort. Depending on your budget, there are several options: you can change the handles and choose foam grips for example, put a suspension fork, a suspended seat post and a wider hanger for a stable position . A mudguard will prevent excessive mud splashing in your back and automatic pedals will give you a better pedaling performance if the MTB doesn't have them already.
For your safety, it's highly recomended to add lights at the front and the rear to be seen after nightfall.
There are many ranges of GPS meters to guive you directions and indications on your performance during your trip. They provide all the data you need depending on your level of practice.
Don't forget a bottle holder to keep your water bottle and hydrate yourself during the excursion.
You are now ready to go explore forests and hilly roads with your new mount, good ride!