Well I'm pretty happy I guess. My purchase new options were either a special order Redline Conquest Sport (no chance to test ride and all sales final) for $757 inc tax, K2 from Performance for $840 inc tax, Kona Jake for ~$930 inc tax. This was the only used bike I could find in texas that was remotely in my price range and the right size. I guess I coulda been more patient and waited for the perfect deal.... nah :-)
But I've found one flaw in my purchase. I've tried to adjust it (bringing back many memories of doing this as a kid) but I just can't get the fd to travel all 3 chainrings. I did notice that it wouldn't shift to the smallest ring on my test ride but I figured that was just an adjustment issue (oops). Also I asked the guy and he said the last time they tuned it at the lbs they had it travelling all 3 so I took his word. It looks like the original front derailleur (Shimano 105 31.8mm) has been replaced by a Shimano Deore LX. I've since found that this is a MTB fd. From what I have found on these forums it seems that mtb fd's don't travel as far as the road fd's. Am I correct on this or could it be I'm just not adjusting correctly. Also it seems the there is a large gap at the rear of the fd to the large chainring. I think this is b/c mtb's have larger front chainrings. Mine are 48/36/26.
My guess is that my options are:
1. Buy and install a new road fd. Any suggestions for a reasonably priced top-pull? I've read some say that Tiagra's are good for 3 rings.
2. Tune it back to use only 2 of the front rings. I'm leaning towards doing this in the short term as a) I'm trying not to fork out any more money and b) it seems like 27 gears is overkill anyway and although my wimpy legs like the idea of that 26T ring on the front perhaps I need to toughen up, lol.
What do you guys think?