Apart from the first owner taking the hit for buying shiny at RRP.
I am contemplating a hardtail build at the moment and want to hear what you think. I've costed it up and buying frame and forks 2nd hand will save me a whopping £200 ish if I can get them for what I'm offering, but is it worth not having someone to shout at when things go wrong?
Looking at Fox forks I doubt most people will ever be able to honestly pull off a successful warranty claim given the amount of service it need, so forks seem the first place to save money buying 2nd hand. Some other brands seem better value first hand, but there still seems a 40-50% saving off RRP to be made.
Frames seem quite interesting. Seems crazy you can get a pretty decent full suspension frameset from the classifieds for £400-£600 which is a lot less than what a lot of boutique hardtail manufacturers are asking for their frames.
Is the service from these companies so good that it is worth shelling out RRP?