eBay Watch: £8000 For A (Secondhand) Groupset?

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We’re sure this is old news in Retro Bike Land, but we’ve just stumbled upon this listing for a collection of mid-90s mountain bike components from well-known manufacturers like Paul’s Components, Kooka and Chris King. They all have the Rasta-style colours of red, yellow and green in common, and they’re all apparently pretty secondhand and used. However, with plain silver Paul’s rear mechs alone going for several hundred quid, getting all this lot together in one place is quite the retro-happening. And it’s reflected in the price – coming in at the ‘well-heeled collectors only bracket.

All this could be yours – for the price of a decent secondhand van…

So, fancy a punt? We can’t see this, admittedly carefully curated, groupset going quickly and we’d rather see it start at 99p to see where the self-balancing karma of eBay pricing will take it.

Kooka was one of the pioneers of multicolour anodised fades.

Here’s the link.

And you’ll be pleased to see that it announces ‘Free P&P’ – so that’s OK then…


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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