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Old 09-13-12, 01:06 PM   #1
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Raleigh Capri FrankenBike (mid 80's?)

Found a Bike a while ago, it rides great and I am planning on keeping it for now but just out of curiosity I've been trying to get a good estimate of what it's worth. I paid 200 for it and considering all the upgrades to it I am confident that it is worth at least that. So here goes...

Raleigh Capri Frame w/ 410 tubing (mid 80's is what the seller told me)
Truvativ Isis Drive crank (double)
Bottom Bracket ???
Sram 9 speed cassette
105 rear derailleur w/ Index shifting (9 speed i assume)
Suntour LX 5000 (? scratched and hard to read) front derailleur
Dura Ace bar end shifters (9 speed w/ index shifting for rear)
Dia Compe single pivot caliper brakes (original i think)
Dia Compe drop bar brake levers (original i think)
3T drop bars
Kalloy adjustable angle stem (quill? not a thread-less)
Ultegra Hubs
Mavic Open Pro rims 700c
Continental Gatorskin 700c

Pics to come later today when I get home.... can look closer for serial numbers on any parts if that would be more helpful.

I know from research that the Capri is a pretty low end frame, but it's such a mash up of parts I have a hard time putting a price on it.
The only reason I have considered selling it is that it would be nice to have a bike with a 700c frame. This would make it easier to upgrade/replace brakes if needed. The current brakes just don't quite cut it, but if i stick to trails and not roads it's not a huge issue. The other option would be to keep this and get some extra long reach (need 70-72mm reach) dual pivot calipers (tektro r559) for this bike and maybe upgrade the levers as well and see if that improves the breaking enough. <need to stop here or I'll go on forever>

I guess my basic questions are;
What is the value of this bike?
Opinions on the bike in general?

Steve
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Old 09-13-12, 01:12 PM   #2
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The Capri is the bottom of the line (you probably noticed the stamped dropouts, and I think 410 is just straight gauge hi ten or maybe chromoly). Still, not a bad frame, and looks like you had fun "decorating" it. With all the parts, but not matching, it probably doesn't improve the value much, probably around $100 or so. Maybe a little more if all the parts work together smoothly.
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Just to clarify, all those extra parts came on the bike when i got it. I have to say though, that is not what i wanted to hear, I was hoping that at least with 105 on back the ultegra hubs and the open pro rims that those nice (and very smooth running) parts would bring the price up a little so I could at least brake even if I decided to sell it down the road...

We will see though, where I live it's hard to find good bikes at a low price so maybe it would sell higher here...

P.S. I believe that the 410 frame is butted but I will check tonight when I get home.
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I could be wrong. I'm cheap and assume everyone else is.
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Nice parts on a cheap bike = donation to the future owner. Better off replacing them with lower end parts, and saving the nicer parts for your next project. I have over-built my share of keeper bikes. And when I retire those keepers, I know I am either going to lose $$ on the improvements, or I swap the parts out. Someone who appreciates higher end parts is going to want a higher end frame to match.

The average buyer I see on lower end bikes could care less about the grade/level of components. They just want a clean bike, ready to ride.
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