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Old 02-16-14, 12:40 PM   #1
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Whats it worth?

So I think I actually have a sale that is going to go through this time. I know its not "classic" but thought this was the right place to ask about value.

It's a 2000 specialized allez 105 equiped. Originally asked $365, i offered $280, and he wants to meet at $300. Smart move at $300? This is going to be a commuter.











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Old 02-16-14, 06:01 PM   #2
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well it's more than I would pay, but you could buy a lot worse for $300.

really look it over in person to make sure it's in ready to ride order. make sure tyres have life, everything appears greased and that everything's good to go.

just curious, how far is your commute? if it's longer, the aluminum is going to get to you after several days in a row.

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I'd pay $300 for that, and could sell that all day long after a tuneup and some salesmanship for $400 or more.

If this is going to be a 'forever' bike, know that the stock ride is a little harsh due to the bonded aluminum fork. My Father has one of those, and was blown away when I swapped out the OEM aluminum fork for a nashbar carbon (1" THREADLESS, heads up!) one for his birthday a couple of years back.

Very serviceable bike, nice frame, and rides rather well with a nashbar carbon fork and supple tires.
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well it's more than I would pay, but you could buy a lot worse for $300.

really look it over in person to make sure it's in ready to ride order. make sure tyres have life, everything appears greased and that everything's good to go.

just curious, how far is your commute? if it's longer, the aluminum is going to get to you after several days in a row.
It is really a light commuter. 20 miles round trip or so. I make a lot of short trips here in LA so it would be nice to just hop on a bike.

It's second purpose is as a practice piece. I'm a design student and I hope on practicing with my spray gun and masking on it. Here is the rough plan I have so far laid out.






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I'd pay $300 for that, and could sell that all day long after a tuneup and some salesmanship for $400 or more.

If this is going to be a 'forever' bike, know that the stock ride is a little harsh due to the bonded aluminum fork. My Father has one of those, and was blown away when I swapped out the OEM aluminum fork for a nashbar carbon (1" THREADLESS, heads up!) one for his birthday a couple of years back.

Very serviceable bike, nice frame, and rides rather well with a nashbar carbon fork and supple tires.
I was thinking of grabbing a nashbar fork regardless if its forever, so I'm glad you have good experience with it. I figure I can just throw the OEM fork on if I ever go to sell it and throw the fork on whatever comes around next.
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Looks to be a nice bike and the price is fair if it is in good working order, be sure and check that the 105 STI shifters work smoothly with nice crisp action as they acount for about half the bikes value. A little on the stiff racing side for a commuter for most riders tastes.
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You will be hard pressed to find a better deal than that in LA. I am not a fan of aluminum, but the parts on that bike are worth the $300. You could easily find an older steel Trek frame, like the one listed on this forum, for less than $100 and have a superb bike.
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I would agree with Digger531 your not going to find a much better deal in a big market. A decent frame with 105 level components with STI's and a nice wheelset is about as good as you can do for this price.
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