90's Mountain Bike gets Transformed for Profit (Flip Bike EP1)

Flip Bike is a new series on buying and selling used bicycles. Unlike the parts bin overhaul videos we do on Berm Peak Express, flipping a bike gives us constraints which will lead to a whole lot of learning. What upgrades add the most value? How can you get the most for your bike? How can you find the best deal? As we flip more bikes, we'll find out!

Today, we get a little more than we bargained for with this 1992 Diamondback Mountain Bike.

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  • You probably already heard this, but you should of switches out the headset to a threadless one.

    04Xterra_Camper04Xterra_Camper5 саат мурун
  • My bike is 90's ridgerunner

    Prince SilayroPrince Silayro6 саат мурун
  • I've picked up dozens, make that hundreds, of these old 80's-90's mountain bikes for anywhere from $10-40. The trick is knowing when to cut your losses on a lemon. Those bikes become parts donors for future flip bikes that further offset your investments in those bikes. 15 years ago, I was able to get close to wholesale prices on tires, chains, grips, etc. Once I lost that hookup, Performance Bicycle often had good deals on their house brand parts that kept my little side hustle of bike flipping going. I haven't had that parts source for a few years now that Performance closed their brick and mortar shops, so I have had to become much pickier about bikes I buy to flip. After doing this for nearly 20 years, the thrill of the hunt is mostly gone. I am semi retired from the flipping game and only do it when I find something truly cool and interesting. Certainly a fun hobby that can make you some decent fun money. I've paid for some expensive toys with flip bike money.

    Aaron Behind BarsAaron Behind Bars16 саат мурун
  • classic

    Jacob WolfJacob WolfКүн мурун
  • there is absolutely no profit in used bikes and this is a low end old bike - the real profit comes in making this video also you should use hairspray to put on the grips

    Anonymous PhuckerAnonymous PhuckerКүн мурун
  • Love this series

    NotoriousRIDENotoriousRIDEКүн мурун
  • You hoarder

    LveMlikeLveMlike3 күн мурун
  • Overpaid a bit lol, wouldn't have paid more than $20 for that thing 😂

    James HicksJames Hicks4 күн мурун
  • man i have one of these old bikes and it reminded me of all the times I've been out on it

    Leonel Collin LopezLeonel Collin Lopez5 күн мурун
  • If you gave it a paint job maybe it will sell fast...

    WayameWayame5 күн мурун
  • Yeah, I woulda had a hard time selling it too, lol 😆👍 Really cool old bike, I remember those (I'm old, gasp...48 🤪). I recently picked up a pretty clean 1995 Proflex to try my hand at refurbishing (not to flip, I intend to ride it 😁). Just recently started riding again after over 7 years off the bike. I'm hooked on this series already, can't wait to watch the others, subscribing now, keep them coming! Oh, and howdy neighbors, we're just north of y'all in Bristol Tennessee 😊✌

    Small ADVenturesSmall ADVentures6 күн мурун
  • Flipping bikes is my secondary income besides work and Ive been doing it consistently for the past 6 years. At some point I had a hardtail 29er, dirt jumper, 27.5 enduro bike, a gravel bike, ironhorse sunday because of my 26 inch nostalgia and 2 commuters. All of them were well known brands and models in mint condition and they were all well equipped with mid to high end components. One day I realized that all I really need is my Nukepropf mega, so I sold the rest of my fleet. I made a bank in a hurry indeed, but it also made me realize that I actually made a decent profit out of bikes that I kept for 3 to 4 years.

    Stilian IvanovStilian Ivanov6 күн мурун
  • When changing a very stretched chain you really need to be carefull with the chain jumping over some cogs ;)

    George TreduenGeorge Treduen6 күн мурун
  • For a sec. I think I saw a Schwinn Mesa 2

    Bakugou KatsukiBakugou Katsuki6 күн мурун
  • This is really a great series!

    olvera6710olvera67106 күн мурун
  • I have restore some bicycles like my Marin team Issue and now I´m with a Fast Rock and ... they are painfull expensive. I restore to look like new, well the fast rock has a new frame from 1995. Not cromoly, it is a Fuji Sout Light, has a pro restored Marzocchi Z2, some XT 739 barely use, some Syncros componets, ritchey pro lite bar, Tune seat post, selle italia SLR saddle ... YES, go mad, it looks amazing good, feels good etc but cost a lot of money and I will never sell.

    madjhmadjh7 күн мурун
  • Hey, love the episode. I have a bike that I think is identical. It's a Schwinn Crosscut. Same, frame, groupset, handlebar, brakes and shifters. I wish I had seen this before before I tried to fix the shifter, broke it, and ended up putting on drop bars with brifters.

    maceireannmaceireann7 күн мурун
  • wtf meet in public place because of murdering? what country you live in? usa=? but nice video :D

    atle magnus hagenatle magnus hagen7 күн мурун
  • nice!!! keeping your first baby (flip bike 001)

    TT InnovationsTT Innovations7 күн мурун
  • We want more FLIP BIKE FLIP BIKEEE!!!!!!!!👽📣📣📣📢📢📢

    DER HUND@OFFICIALDER HUND@OFFICIAL8 күн мурун
  • Nice series. You always need inexpensive bike for miscellaneous town trip or to loan a friend. 👍

    cool musiccool music9 күн мурун
  • i just subscribed just for the flip series :)

    Velo DadVelo Dad9 күн мурун
  • I have this irrational love for 90's steel mountain bikes..

    pete smittpete smitt9 күн мурун
  • I'm going to be careful, proceeds to spray at 4 centimeters away

    Graham BraunGraham Braun9 күн мурун
  • You see bikes like that in balkan everyday

    Slavic Boy 69Slavic Boy 6910 күн мурун
  • Love this series. Getting a lot of insight.

    Vu ToVu To10 күн мурун
  • i love this new series

    Nut3ll4Nut3ll410 күн мурун
  • I have the road bike version. Love this bike.

    legion8800legion880011 күн мурун
  • Have an old Diamondback Apex that came with that front oblong sprocket. Only paid 10 bucks for it from a garage sale because owner thought that the front sprocket was bent (I also thought so too at the time). Didn't care too much for that, was pretty strange, and changed it for a conventional front sprocket from a newer Raleigh parts bike for that i had bought 20 bucks. I have like half a dozen bikes and have a hard time selling them as well. Yeah probably even fixed up that old Diamondback would only bring 100 bucks because most people don't know how good they were back in the day.

    Fred RailsbackFred Railsback11 күн мурун
  • Bringing back memories of my purple Diamondback Traverse that I has when I was a kid.

    Ryan HarveyRyan Harvey12 күн мурун
  • Finally, a content like this. I find upgrading old bikes and turning it into a good bike more fun to watch and satisfying rather than watching high end dream builds.

    Russell EastbrookRussell Eastbrook14 күн мурун
  • We’re the differents

    Jack FinleyJack Finley14 күн мурун
  • Your blue chain break

    Carlin EvensonCarlin Evenson14 күн мурун
  • Awesome, i just suscribed for Flip Bike. I can’t wait for more episodes of this!

    Juan Camilo Agudelo ValenciaJuan Camilo Agudelo Valencia14 күн мурун
  • Great work! I stayed up until the wee hours last night watching this. You inspire me to breathe new life into my 1989 Trek 830. Can't wait! Thank you.

    Gus KoernerGus Koerner15 күн мурун
  • Ypu didn't even realize..hes not wearing a facemask when he rode the bike

    Cuellar Railey ViellCuellar Railey Viell15 күн мурун
  • seth should of painted it

    Logan SchofieldLogan Schofield15 күн мурун
  • Hey seth, is this actually on TV because I reckon this would make the cut.

    Odd OscarOdd Oscar15 күн мурун
  • It's not a hardtail, but it's not a commuter. It's a rigid mtb

    j's reviewsj's reviews15 күн мурун
  • I couldn't agree more on taking pictures of the bike. I take pictures based on how I would want to see a bike when I'm shopping for one. Some people don't even bother to at least do a lite rinse off.

    Mahal OppaMahal Oppa15 күн мурун
  • I saw "Topanga" on it and instantly thought of Cory Matthews.

    Joseph WaldenJoseph Walden15 күн мурун
  • Holy love the idea that you're restoring old bikes. Continue to find more than tudge different style name brand bikes for all kinds of riding and do all Restorations on them

    Ernest JohnsonErnest Johnson15 күн мурун
  • I really hope you keep a running total across the series of out costs and in costs… loving the idea!

    Ricky HoltonRicky Holton15 күн мурун
  • I was thinking I'd keep it for a run about, that nobody would bother stealing.

    Steve AustinSteve Austin16 күн мурун
  • I like this series

    darkskulldarkskull16 күн мурун
  • i wanna have a teacher like you. i love bike and i sometimes repair mine by meself. but I still need some instructions

    Peter CSPeter CS16 күн мурун
  • You have a lot to learn as a sketchy bike flipper, those shifters would have worked, they just needed time (days) soaking in penetrating oil and lots of movement. Why on earth did you replace the derailleur.. you basically traded your house for a tent. The rims are approaching the end of their lifespan. Fast... Even faster because you didn't stick to rule nr. 1... replace the pads. They are probably original, and that's a little more concerning then the chain being original

    Ryan NRyan N17 күн мурун
  • Seth you should make a rule for yourself: Don't buy your own size bikes...or you gonna break the business. Keep going dude!!

    Guillermo EstradaGuillermo Estrada17 күн мурун
  • My collection currently, prices and amout of bikes seperate from one another 3 bikes - 50$ 1958 jc higgins 1963 ccm imperial mk2 1973 ccm encore 1 bicycle - 15$ 19×× Ccm imperial mk2 1 bicycle - 10$ 19×× vagabond town and country VI And like 5others i've recieved for free from friends and people who know i am looking for anything 😅 could continue but those are some of my best deals and the 73' encore is clean for its age, will never flip that one We aren't so different you and i 😂

    LowClass Vagabond Co.LowClass Vagabond Co.17 күн мурун
  • lol. love the end

    alal17 күн мурун
  • The bike got a second chance, everyone deserves a second chance, even a bike, great job, i would keep it too 👍🏆.

    Conger ScottConger Scott18 күн мурун
  • Can of hairspray much cheaper than a compressor for grip fitting.

    Davie CDavie C18 күн мурун
  • fard

    am Carrotsam Carrots18 күн мурун
  • FLIP some eBikes

    Larry CongerLarry Conger18 күн мурун
  • everything about this video 🤦🤦🤦you're copying me!!! this is literally what i do daily.

    Canada LifeCanada Life18 күн мурун
  • Same thing happened to me when I took on a '93 GT Triple Triangle Borrego. She was soooo pretty by the end that I had to keep her. And there is just a different feel to those older bikes, it's Magic!

    Hannah SharpHannah Sharp18 күн мурун
  • Big faith

    Gil De LeonGil De Leon18 күн мурун
  • Can you check the mega range sprocket shimano 14 to 35t if its pass to your qualify i have big in you with regards about bike parts pls tnx

    Gil De LeonGil De Leon18 күн мурун
  • kto ci dal zezwolenie kurwa na dzialalnosc

    Darq GraceDarq Grace18 күн мурун
  • Nice Tange FF

    blarfneggsblarfneggs18 күн мурун
  • Seth: I am going to start flipping Bikes Seth's Viewers: Sooooo you are keeping some of them right? Love the series

    abc987654322abc98765432219 күн мурун
  • i really enjoy this series

    Leo SantoroLeo Santoro19 күн мурун
  • Your pitch is awesome

    Paul SmithPaul Smith20 күн мурун
  • I still have a blue diamond back like that

    siege is suitablesiege is suitable20 күн мурун
  • I'm glad you kept that bike. I have a vintage Trek 830 that I love. Vintage MTBs are super utilitarian.

    Come And Get ItCome And Get It20 күн мурун
    • @Come And Get It No real shortage in my area. Central WA State.

      tw ttw t17 күн мурун
    • @tw t I bought mine for $80 before the pandemic. It just needed new cables, and brake pads. I think all in with the bike and minor repairs and having the LBS give it a once over to make sure everything was safe and working proper I’m at $120. With the shortage you should be able to get at least $200. Mine’s an ‘87 in silver and black.

      Come And Get ItCome And Get It18 күн мурун
    • 830 Antelope? Just restored one from thrift store 1991 black with lime green badges for $14. How much should I ask for it?

      tw ttw t18 күн мурун
  • all that for a tourney derailleur? sad

    A GA G20 күн мурун
  • Look, I love these videos, but if a part comes out of your inventory, that's costing you money.

    molecularentropymolecularentropy20 күн мурун
  • I want to see more classic bikes on here.

    Molson 1990Molson 199020 күн мурун
  • this was uploaded on me bd

    Harry HainesHarry Haines20 күн мурун
  • Always good to have a bike for commuting that can leave outside when riding around town.

    Robert MisiukRobert Misiuk20 күн мурун
  • Hey man, I do this in Germany. I have a scrap metal guy that sells me each bike for $15 no matter what brand or quality. I can't pass these deals!! Just cannibalize parts from one bike and put it on the other, up cycling at it's finest!

    Wes RickettsWes Ricketts21 күн мурун
  • That bike is very much like my Bianchi I bought new in 1986 and still rides good. Turned a lot of heads back then as mountain bikes were pretty new and not many people had ever seen one. Still prefer the simplicity of a hard tail and cable actuated rim brakes.

    gotnoshoes99gotnoshoes9921 күн мурун
  • Parts bin parts cost money.

    Chris AChris A21 күн мурун
  • this seems to be the first time Seth didnt dispose the DORK DISC haha

    Ron Jared AmboRon Jared Ambo22 күн мурун
  • This is brilliant! However as "flipping" goes this kinda the opposite of that. 🤣 Keep em coming. 💯 🤩

    Ben StillBen Still22 күн мурун
  • I used to flip bikes a lot back in the day before the German version of Craigslist got really popular. Nowerdays ppl instantly snipe good deals. Some postings don’t even last for 5 minutes, especially when it comes to vintage road bikes.

    DopemanDopeman22 күн мурун
  • Awesome!

    ZacZac22 күн мурун
  • Seth you don’t have to lie. We all know that you didn’t get any inquiries. Lmao

    SpongebobStonedPantsSpongebobStonedPants23 күн мурун
  • I live in Clayton, NC and have 98 model Specialized Rock hopper size medium. I'll let go for cheap just to see what you do with it. It was my first Mountain bike to get back into riding but it's to small for me.

    Kevin JonesKevin Jones23 күн мурун
  • road biker here but I enjoy watching berm peaks videos. Anyways question for mountain bikers at 8:36 he says the bikes need some obvious things valve caps. Why? On the road bikes no one that I know uses valve caps (its just extra weight joking)

    Eric ZEric Z23 күн мурун
  • My friend has a similar bike ( old specialized hardrock ) do you think I could help him upgrade it with a suspension fork?

    Nathan SomewoneNathan Somewone24 күн мурун
  • I love the weird fusion between TV show and general KGflow video!

    Michael EdlinMichael Edlin24 күн мурун
  • I have a mongoose threshold everything original worth anything ?

    kris wardkris ward24 күн мурун
  • I love old MTBs.... and I am gonna love this series. Looks like a perfect bike to ride to the bar. STEEL IS REAL!!!!!

    Richard DamstraRichard Damstra24 күн мурун
  • Seth’s bike hacks -> Berm Peak -> Seth’s Flip Bikes

    Patriks LPatriks L25 күн мурун
  • How is the second bike u flipped in the intro of the first one

    CaNaDIaN BaCONCaNaDIaN BaCON25 күн мурун
  • What? Tourney to replace the Exage RD? Blashemy.

    HulluJanneHulluJanne25 күн мурун
  • I'm astonished that you could just switch the chain to a new one without changing at least the cassette to a new one. Wouldn't the chain slide through at least the higher gears under load if the old chain was that worn out?

    speendospeendo25 күн мурун
  • You should check out the Gary Fisher Tassajara I tricked out.

    Macabre BalletMacabre Ballet25 күн мурун
  • Dork disk?

    Ken SistiKen Sisti25 күн мурун
  • Cracking vids,keep them coming

    Chris ReedChris Reed26 күн мурун
  • How’s no shocks feel? 😅

    Grichka BogdanoffGrichka Bogdanoff26 күн мурун
  • I love flip bike its legit

    tommy Torrestommy Torres26 күн мурун
  • Wait, one more thing: It's a vintage Diamond Back WITHOUT a U-Brake! Definitely a keeper!!!!

    Dude On BikeDude On Bike26 күн мурун
  • It's fun walking around college campuses today and seeing all the 80's mountain bikes from the students' parents. All the bikes are older than the kids! Great to see them getting used. And my son's riding a bike to HS that's twice his age!

    Dude On BikeDude On Bike26 күн мурун
  • Once you get the frame clean, cleaner car wax is a great way to get the paint even better - and will last longer. No chain skip? Lucky! Want to make the BB absolutely SHINE on the inside and restore the threads to their (probably better than) original glory? A 1 3/8" disc wire brush from the hardware store in a reversible drill does AMAZING work! And I'm not seeing a lot of grease during assembly here. You simply gotta lubricate almost everything! Nuts, bolts, bolt heads, quills, steerer & seat tubes, you name it! Future adjustments are a BREEZE when all the bolts are greased. Bolts don't strip. Chainrings don't fall off, etc. I just looked at the VERY same valve caps on Amazon. Tempted, but I don't need 40 shrader valve caps. (Wait, maybe I could use them... to many bikes.) Oh and this bike, like oh so many, had its saddle & seatpost stolen! That's a cheapo replacement after the OEM was stolen. VERY cheap seat clamp. Bummer.

    Dude On BikeDude On Bike26 күн мурун
  • "If something breaks, we'll panic." Ha, ha, ha!! Very well said! Break an STI shifter and you're HOSED!!! 3:36 is a PERFECT example of how these shifters get gummed up and cease to function. A little degreaser, an air hose, and quality grease will usually restore them 100% and without any disassembly. (How do I know? I foolishly fully broke down an Ultegra STI because, well dammit, I had never done it before! Well, the SECOND one I serviced saw this approach instead and it works just as well - like new.) This PLUS replacement cables & housing restores this system to its original glory! If you catch this stuff BEFORE you're "wrenching" on the shifter to get things to work, you'll spare them from failing and practically make them immortal.

    Dude On BikeDude On Bike26 күн мурун
  • "Sell it for double, or more!" Selling for $140 or even $210, you're gonna make $70 or $140 on a bike that takes six hours to overhaul, PLUS parts? A worthy cause, don't get me wrong. But you aren't retiring early doing THESE flips!!! I do it for the love and appreciation of restoring perfectly good things. The 1989 Shogun I just did this to turned out amazing. Plus, with 11 grade 25 1/4" bearings in the BB instead of 9 grade 200, the BB is pretty damn smooth (more durable too). And the headset went from 16 low-grade bearings to 26 grade 25. It's almost Campy-smooth now!!! (Not really.) *Toss the bearing retainers - they're only used for ease of assembly at the factory.

    Dude On BikeDude On Bike26 күн мурун
  • i LOVE this new series

    Toby L'EstrangeToby L'Estrange26 күн мурун
  • So your not happy that you made 0 profit of that bike because I know that you made the money back by just making this video

    VerticalVertical27 күн мурун