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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 10-09-09, 05:45 AM   #1
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Needa a bit o' help - is this a good deal?

http://maine.craigslist.org/bik/1405961155.html

I'm looking for a cross bike to use in the New England winters (not during snow or anything, just when the roads are tougher) as well as to use on trails, fire roads, some light singletrack. I do mostly road riding now, mixing a bit of mtb'ing in, and I'm looking for a cyclocross bike to add to the stable.

Anyway, that was perhaps more info than necessary - or not enough? Let me know. Again, I'm trying to decide if this is a good deal - baring in mind that I live in MA, and would have to drive the 150 miles to get to the bike.

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Old 10-09-09, 06:32 AM   #2
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First question: Will a 58 cm fit you? How tall are you? Inseam length? Will you feel stretched out when riding?
When new it sold for $1500. Six years later with upgrades it may be an ok deal if it fits and you REALLY like it.
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Old 10-09-09, 07:03 AM   #3
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My road bike (Specialized Roubaix) is a 58cm and fits me perfectly, which is why it caught my eye. So, with that in mind, whaddaya think?
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Old 10-09-09, 07:46 AM   #4
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Seems a bit high for a 5 year old bike, unless it has upgrades beyond the Dura-Ace cassette.
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Old 10-09-09, 07:48 AM   #5
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not a good deal at all... you can get a new fuji for 800 with 105 drive train.
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Old 10-09-09, 10:22 AM   #6
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look up completed listings on ebay

also all 58cm bikes do not fit the same; you need to compare their geometries to see if you can make them fit the same.
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Old 10-09-09, 01:20 PM   #7
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You want good standover height of course, but make sure you measure your Roubaix's top tube (including stem length) and compare that to the Cannondale. Considering the trip to Portland and unless you really want that bike, I'd seriously consider something like that Fuji crocodilefundy mentioned or holding out for a cx bike in MA. Timing may be a factor for racing though?

I just moved to western MA from the South Shore (There are some nice races in Plymouth and one coming up in Brockton!). Depending on where you are, there are some decent shops around.
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Old 10-09-09, 01:22 PM   #8
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The price seems high for a bike that is 5 years old.
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