Buying a Piglet?
I am in the works of buying my first mountain bike. I found a used one on pinkbike.com which I was highly advised to buy from a couple of my biking buddies. My only concern is that I would like an expert opinion of the bike company and the price point. The bike is built by what seems to be credible individuals.
The components are a 2017 Ragley Piglet frame size medium, 140mm Fox 34 fork (1.5 years old and well maintained), SLX cranks, Zee derailleur, DT Swiss 350 rear hub with EX 471 rim and more.
He is willing to take $825 for the bike. My concern is that he is willing to take what I think is a low offer. Does this set any red flags to you? I am still learning so this might be a bit vague to ask. Thanks Joe!
It sounds like you have already made up your mind to buy this bike. Here are a few of my ideas on this bike plus my advice on buying a bike.
First off, I have never been on a Piglet and actually never even heard of the brand or model. I don’t think I have ever seen one on a trail or maybe I have and didn’t realize it.
Since I have never been on the bike I really can’t give you a very good opinion. I did find the following review by a fellow who test drove the Piglet. The things he points out seem to make a lot of sense to me.
First off, the components for the Piglet seem to be pretty good and the forks are legit. I am not sure about the price for the condition of the bike (what this bike should be selling for).
However, I don’t understand where I would ride the Piglet. The raked out front end and the 5 inch forks seem to set up the Piglet for downhill. But a downhill bike with a hardtail? Most downhill bikes not only have rear suspension but usually at least 5 inches. At 29 pounds the Piglet is pretty light for a downhill rig and a little heavy for any decent hardtail bike. I am not sure what kind of riding you plan to do but I prefer rear suspension … especially with engineering advancements making full suspension bikes so light.
My recommendations on buying a bike always involve the buyer riding different brands and models of bikes. I spent several months riding demo and rental bikes before buying my Stumpjumper (used) and Camber (new). Have you tried riding comparable models by Giant, Specialized, or Santa Cruz? Have you jumped on a few full suspension bikes to get a comparison?
In review, I know you are excited about getting this bike. If you choose to get this bike I hope you enjoy the ride. However, I would not buy this bike for me.