Originally Posted by Bigbird
I'm wanting to give trials a try and have a line on a 2001 Montesa 315R. Guy is asking $2000 for it. Haven't seen it yet or know the history. Is it a good "beginners" bike? And, assuming the bike's in nice shape and doesn't need anything major, is the price a fair one? What are the strong points of the model? How about weak points and things to keep an eye out for? I'm completely new to trials so any tips on this will help.
Making a firm decision on whether you want to ride modern or vintage trials would be a good start. If you want to compete, then you should probably base your decision on what classes the clubs in your area cater for, and ideally go along to a few meetings and have a good look at whats going on.
The 315R is an ideal beginner bike though, has high build quality and is far more reliable than European powered bikes.