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Old 02-23-06, 02:43 PM   #1
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nub needing advice on Bianchi Ibex

First I would like to compliment the administrators of this forum, compared to the two forums I am already a member of (d-series.org and mp3car.com) This is by far the most impressive in regards to cleanliness of layout, maturity of members and administrators and overall quality.

After my GT got stolen I bought this used Bianchi Ibex online because the walmart special I was forced to ride was gradually sucking my soul from my body.
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My question for you is this: How much money would you waste on this bike before you'd start saving for something else? I'm on a College Freshman's budget here (basically lift your seat cushion and what you find is what I have in my wallet on any given day) So many of you may not have any useful advice for me (i've seen some PRETTY bikes on this site) but surely some of you are budget riders and can let me know what this bike is worth. The shocks are pretty much dead, they compress nearly 1" under the bike's weight, and nearly another 1" when I sit on it. The steerer tube appears to be 1" diameter, so a replacement fork is a bit harder to find. Is repairing an option? It's a RockShox Quadra 21R

What would you do?
(sorry if that was too many questions for one thread)
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Old 02-23-06, 03:00 PM   #2
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Get your folks to insure it on their homeowners as a separate "scheduled property" for the worth of what you want to spend on your next bike. Then park it on campus with a cheap lock (or one of those Kryptonites that the Bic pens open). Oops, never mind; that's insurance fraud. Forget I said that .
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"What do you mean that bike wasn't worth 5 grand?!"
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Get your folks to insure it on their homeowners as a separate "scheduled property" for the worth of what you want to spend on your next bike. Then park it on campus with a cheap lock (or one of those Kryptonites that the Bic pens open). Oops, never mind; that's insurance fraud. Forget I said that .
Best idea i've heard yet! Right now i'm just waiting till I see some guy riding my bike (i've never seen another of the same model around) so I can run up and tackle him. ALthough more dangerous and less profitable, it'd certainly be the most rewarding.

Any thoughts on my current bike though?
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Seriously, though - - if it's old enough to be sporting a Quadra, upgrading is probably not a fiscally responsible thing to do, unless you are just super in love with it for whatever reason.

If you happen to like Bianchis, their early 2000s "Bee"s were a super value, it seemed to me. King Bees and Super Bees are disk and were selling in the sjhops at the time for well under a thousand. If you found a gently-used Super Bee at a killer price it would be a good move up.
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What would be a killer price for such a bike? I really have no preference in bikes, i'm far too amateur to have established a preference. Should I just replace the dead suspension with a stiff/solid/no suspension fork (i don't know the proper term)? Or try to find some cheap RST fork? Or do you think that even that would be a waste of money?

I'm guessing that 1k bike goes for like 400$ used now? Right now that's well outside my budget.
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A decent rigid fork would be fine for around campus, don't buy some cheap taiwanese one though, they bend if you hit anything. That bike is decent quality, I would ride it untill your through with college.
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A decent rigid fork would be fine for around campus, don't buy some cheap taiwanese one though, they bend if you hit anything. That bike is decent quality, I would ride it untill your through with college.
That's a great idea - - now why didn't I think of that? If it is going to just be a campus commuter, hop to your LBS and ask for a rigid fork. Most have a whole collection hanging on the pegboard in their work area that just sit there collecting dust. Or if you want to online-order one, check out Ramsay's Cycle and Sport in (of all places) New Brunswick. They have a collection of Marin chromoly rigid forks for $15 Canadain (!) that they are still selling. CLICK HERE , select Clearance and scroll to the bottom of the page to check it out.
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Well, it isn't ONLY a commuter, i've hit the trails twice since i've been here and it's hard (and painfully jarring) to keep up with my two friends who ride a (very used) Trek 6700 and a (nearly new) Trek Jack 1. The struts are pretty much bottomed out (how can I check?) so I thought a rigid fork might help me get over roots easier since it'd be lighter and easier to pop up.

Is there any way of repairing the fork it has now? I found an archive of a thread in which they said it would cost more than a new fork, is there anyway to replace the internals yourself? I'm pretty handy with a wrench.

Are there any cheap forks with a 1" steerer tube that could get me back on the trail? What about this one? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...3ARTQ%3AUS%3A1
Do you know of any forks that are known for their durability and would be a good buy used? Is there a way to replace the steerer tube on a replacement fork?
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Sorry, I was off doing real life for a while instead of living on the forums (a weekend of "honey-dos"). You're in luck: I found a 9-page PDF that's the original Quadra service manual. Here's the link: http://www.sportimport.de/neu/rocksh..._Quadra_SM.pdf
You can probably save the Quad long enough to get you by pretty easily. Looks like it was an all-elastomer fork. They're probably sacked, that's why your fork is sagged out so bad. Get an elastomer stack - any stack - the cheapest you can find or a used coil set or whatever and drop 'em in. Check ebay, MTBR Marketplace, PinkBike, NSMB or your LBS for something that'll work. Post a question to AngryAsian - he might have a thought on what'll get you back going on the cheap.


BTW - you don't want that RST 281R you posted the link to. It was the bottom of the bottom of the bottom end of their line. Pay no money for one. I have one hanging in my garage that I'd give you for the cost of the shipping, but trust me - it's not even worth that.
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Thank you SO much for your help!
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