This week, a Norco VPS Atomik came up for $1100, and my immediate reaction was "that's too much man!"
But, the more I thought about it, the more I think that's a pretty good price.
Ok, maybe not everybody. But certainly enough riders were that these bikes were a hit. For the huge drops on the North Shore and the newly discovered concept of the 'bike park' at ski hills everywhere. The bikes look a little comical to modern eyes though - look at how short the wheelbase is on the green VPS-1 there. That looks terrifying! Even a basic hardtail from today looks like it would be a lot easier to deal with going downhill.
Now, about this Atomik here. $1100 seems like way too much for a 20 year old full suspension bike. But, I always consider what you could get new for what the seller is asking. You can get a pretty decent bike for $100 these days.
But you cannot get something new that can handle big drops and extreme conditions as well as this bike can for $1100. It may be a little expensive, but as a comparison, I think it's worth more than my Giant NRS. It's just got better parts on it. And it certainly looks very clean.