$130 later, my daughter has new bike!

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Recently my daughter and I were out for a ride and I noticed that she has completely out grown her 24″ Giant MTX 250. So that led me to start searching for a new bike for her. At first I thought about buying her a frame then building it up with parts that I had laying around. But I came across this bike, it’s a Giant Boulder, with a 12.5″ frame. 21 Speed, and weighed like a tank at 34lbs! The great thing about this bike was the price, $90.

Once I got it, I started stripping off the parts and swapping them for the lighter groupo that I have in my garage. One of my first things to tackle was the drive train and wheels. I went with Shimano Deore 9 speed and Vuelta XRP wheelset as well as WTB Weirwolves and Kenda Karma tires.
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Pink grips, Jagwire Ripcord derailluer and brake cables/housing.
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I’m waiting on a Fox RL fork from a friend and once I get it, the old Spinner will be gone. Oh, did you notice the pink bottle cage? Nice…
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Not sure if you can tell, I even went with anodized pink cable cap ends.
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Total investment for the bike and parts that I didn’t have was $130. But if you factor in the amount of money I made by selling her old bike, then all I really spent was $60! Oh and if you consider the money I made by fixing bikes in order to afford this endeavor, I actually made $40! So ya…I made $40 on her new bike! Not a bad deal!

Here’s Boo with her new ride. She likes it! But she did mention that shifting was a bit confusing since she’s going from twistgrip to triggers. I’m sure she’ll catch on fast. For Father’s Day I told her that all I want is to go mountain biking with her.
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RL Policar

RL Policar is an avid mountain biker and the Editor In-Chief of MtnBikeRiders.com and BikeCommuters.com. Between the two sites, he's published well over 4,000 articles (and growing).


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