Originally, I was putting together a build-up project for a Crosscheck commuter bike for my wife. As I took stock of the parts and calculated my budget - it looked like I was going to spend around a $900 including frame, all things considered (I needed it as light as possible yet somewhat durable, so that eliminated some truly cheap parts).
But lo' and behold, while searching on Ebay this week, I discovered a Gunnar, fully loaded and spec'd with Ultegra components, and even a computer, all in "perfect" condition for $900; strangely enough, this auction was for only 72 hours. I thought what the hell and submitted the $900 bid. I won, nobody even bothered to bid on it except me (I lost on a 10 year old, well used Waterford touring frame last week that ultimately went for $543). The components alone is worth about the same as my entire Surly frame+components budget. The Gunnar is only 2 years old, what a deal, eh?
Ok, ok, I know this is Ebay and I may be getting a repainted Huffy with Shimano Tiagra rebadged as Ultegra. So we're going through Ebay's escrow service ($30) for this transaction. Too good to be true? Did I pay too much in my desire to get a Waterford made bike for under $1000?