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Old 08-09-11, 03:52 PM   #1
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I could use some advice.

I am interested in buying a new bike.
Currently i'm looking at a Cannondale XR800 w/21″ aluminum road bike. Mavic rims, Truvativ Isis-drive crankset, Ultegra R. derailleur, Cane Creek Headset, Deda bars, and Shimano bar end shifters.
I have tested it and it feels good, the bike shop that is selling it has overhauled and repaired it. What i'm wondering is if the 650 price tag is worth it.
I don't know enough about bikes to know if it's a decent deal or if i'm getting ripped off. Any input or feedback is appreciated.
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Old 08-09-11, 05:05 PM   #2
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Your description of bar end shifters has questioning the 1) age of this bike and 2) is it a touring bike?

Do the shifters look like:


or like:


What does the bike shop tell about the year model etc. This will help with pricing.
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Old 08-09-11, 05:22 PM   #3
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The shifters are like the first picture. the store is not sure it's exact age (they got it as a trade in, and specialize in steal frames) best estimation by them is '90s.

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Old 08-09-11, 05:35 PM   #4
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Vintage Cannondale has info on the head badges and serial numbers so you can identify the bike. Want to see what they go for once you figure out the year? Try JAXED.
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The shifters are like the first picture. the store is not sure it's exact age (they got it as a trade in, and specialize in steal frames) best estimation by them is '90s.
My buddy has a 1996 Cannondale R500 with that same paint scheme but the has the shorter rear triangle. Slightly lower components but he only paid $500 for it brand new. I'd never pay that much for a Cannondale that old.

FTR, I have a 98 CAD3, upgraded 9 speed DA brifters, DA derailleurs, newly hand built wheels and the shop offered $200 as a trade in.

I didn't ask and I would NOT sell it. The shop owner saw it an asked if I wanted to trade it in on a new bike, that's what he'd offer.

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$650 seems pretty dear for a bike that age. To me, anyway.
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Old 08-09-11, 08:55 PM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback, I had a feeling it was priced a bit high.
I almost broke down and bought it out of frustration (having a difficult time finding a quality used bike) before i decided to post here.
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I'd think the market in Portland would be pretty active. Keep looking or make them an offer. Make them justify the price.
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Based on the model, color/graphics and straight-blade fork, I'd guess this to be a 2003.

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...ross&Type=bike

Also, the headset is threadless. I believe Cannondale stopped using threaded headsets on this frame in 2000.

As you can see, the bike listed for $1100 new. When new, it also came with STI levers. If it had originally been equipped with bar end shifters, the MSRP would probably have been ~$1000.

If this is THE bike you've been looking for, and you're willing to pay 65% of new value for a 8-9 year old bike, then this might please you. IMO, the price is excessive.
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What would be a fair market price for this bike? I'm not familiar with the depreciation rates for bikes?
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IMO, anything over $375 is in need of justification. And when I saw it came with an ISIS bottom bracket, I got a little 'alerted'.

AFAIK, ISIS isn't too available anymore; been looking, as I have an ISIS crank on another bike. Haven't found one, so when that BB goes, so will the crank.
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