For those of you who suffered through all five pages of my last thread (Bad Back...Need Advice), I'll try not to bore you with the details. For those of you who weren't interested I'll give you the Readers Digest version.
My original dilemma was whether to go with a straight bar or drop bar bike. Comfort was and is a major issue due to a chronic back condition, namely, two lower herniated discs. After many responses from Forum members and test rides on both types of bike at the LBS on three separate occasions I decided to go with a road bike with a more relaxed geometry. This past Saturday my intent was to test ride a Trek Pilot 1.2 (List Price $990...can be had for $875)). It has a mixture of Tiagra and 105 components, but mostly Tiagra. As luck would have it the LBS did not have one in stock but asked if I would be interested in a 2005 Model Specialized Sequoia Elite.
I knew this bike was out of my price range until he told me that I could have it for $800. The 2006 Model lists for $1200. Not being real bike savvy this still sounded like a pretty good price to me. I took a test ride for about 30 minutes and REALLY liked this bike. It has full Shimano 105 componentry, carbon front and rear forks, with only minor differences from the 2006 Model (including color). The only differences of note were the tires and chainring. The 2005 has Specialized All Condition Tires, 700 x 25c aramid bead while the 2006 has Specialized All Condition Tires, 700 x 25c w/Flak Jacket. For the chainring the 2005 has 52A x 42A x 32s and the 2006 has 50 x 39 x 30.
Is this deal too good to pass up? My inclination is that it is and if so do I dare ask the LBS to sweeten the pot a bit more...maybe better tires...cage and water bottle...etc?