Keep the faith. Monitor CL. They cycle hot and cold on eBay. Don't be afraid to buy a rough one, if it's in colors you can touch up. I've never sold an Ironman frame for $300, even with new paint and decals, and I've paid from $97 to $307 for complete ones. I don't regret a dime of any of the transactions.
Originally Posted by zazenzach
I have been looking at the Ironman bikes now on Craigslist, some of the listings don't say what year, but is it possible to tell what year they are by looking at the frame color and components they have?
Yes. That's how I do it. The SN often tells year of manufacture, but many were made for the upcoming "season" that pretty much began in the previous fall....
There is one i like that has 105 components and has a white and red frame, seems to be an Expert, as Masters came in 600 groupset.
The red/white '86 had 600EX, the red/white '87 had 105.
but could there be a Master model with the white and red frame?
Also, what is the main difference between the Master and Expert, besides 600 and 105 components?
Color and the words "Master" or "Expert" over the Ironman logo.
Weight, how much difference?
Zero. Both were Tange 1 frames, same geometry, same cult following.
Any time. We are Ironman.