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I am looking into buying a second hand bicycle. What should one look out for (frame and component wise) when buying second hand, both for hardtail and full suspension xc/all mountain type bicycles?

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    First and foremost, learn how to tell a good quality bike from a department store bike. (Not hard, but it takes a bit of homework. Look particularly in the area of the front and rear dropouts on known good and "cheapie" bikes.) – Daniel R Hicks Sep 10 '13 at 11:31
  • Maybe some useful information here but that deals more with road bikes. Also more info here. – Kibbee Sep 10 '13 at 12:30

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