this seem fishy to anyone? help me with first time craigslist bike buy
sorry for such an odd first post
im thinkin about driving over an hour tomorrow to pick this up. ive already talked to the guy and i feel like for 500$ its a deal that cant be beat. but something doesnt seem right to me here have a look at the ad which he took down when i told him id buy. my main question is why would you custom paint such a good looking bike white?
HOT!! 2004 Cannondale f800 - $550 (Astoria)
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Date: 2009-06-08, 8:23AM EDT
HOT! 2004 Cannondale F800 MT bike!!
Custom paint it and in Excellent conditions!
Cheap 2004 Cannondale F800. This awesome mountain bike is in excellent conditions and just got its full maintenance service at the shop last month. It also has few custom modifications that makes it very unique. Selling it for $550 but it can be NEGOTIABLE!!!.
The reason Im selling at this price is because I moving out of state and I m not planing to take it with me. Please hurry if you are seriously interested... pick up only. If any questions please contact me at XXXXXXXXXX Thanks for looking.
Cannondale Fire front hub
HeadShok Lefty DLR
TruVatiV Stylo XR, 22/32/44 w/2 alloy rings
DT swiss Champion 1.8mm
Shimano deore XT/LX
Maxxis Street tires (26x2.50)
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
It may be Hot!
If it were registered with nypd it would have a number engraved on the botton of the BB.
Otherwise buy it if you think it is worth the money.
yeah im pretty sure im gonna go get it tonight
It's a deal, but dunno about "can't be beat". 5 year old hardtail, and lots of parts if needed are Cannondale specific. That said, with street tires on it it probably isn't flogged. I would call the price "fair" but not smoking.
Just make sure it works right and more importantly fits.
Things to look for:
1. Remove the wheels, and hold the rim while spinning the axle between your fingers. Rough rotation or play could mean pitted cones and races - which means you need new wheels.
2. Check spoke tension. If some are vastly higher than others, the rim might might be in pretty bad shape - which means you'll be perpetually fiddling with it to keep it in true, and probably end up buying a new wheel.
3. Check the teeth on the cranks and cassette. A new set of chainrings and cassette could add $150 or more to the cost of the bike. This is a lot.
4. Check the fork. I don't know much about MTB forks, but I do know that almost all designs have the potential for irreparable damage over time.
didn't the lefty fork have a recall on it recently?
It's a good deal, but not that great. Their was a lefty C'dale on my local craigslist a while back for $425, it was about that old.
one thing that might lead you to believe it's stolen is if the serial number just "happens" to be painted over by this custom paintjob.
if you like it, it's in good condition, nothing seems sketchy, and it fits you, then get it.
Carry ca$h and bite on the price. Start low - say $400.
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