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Old 04-16-13, 05:58 PM   #1
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Should I Buy this Bike?

New to the cyclocross world and like everything else I have a minimal budget. I have been looking at various online sources for bikes and having minimal luck. This bike showed up today:

http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/3747404612.html

What do you guys think? Good deal? Thanks for your help in advance I appreciate it.
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Old 04-16-13, 07:36 PM   #2
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No clue if it fits. almost a 55/55 you got a road bike? it a 56/565?


certainly a good build with more expensive parts than most people really need.

You going to race or just show it off to your bike friends?
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Old 04-16-13, 08:19 PM   #3
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it should i ride a 56 road bike. I am going to try and race it this year, but it will be my go to bike as I just got rid of my road bike and a few other projects bikes to fund a cyclocross ride.

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Old 04-16-13, 11:14 PM   #4
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I'd say it's a decent deal and definitely a good bike.
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Think of it as buying the frame, fork and components, which all look good. Plenty of steer tube left to adjust for fit. You should try to talk him down to around $650-700, as most people selling used bikes on CL will throw well used wheels on there; budget for the fact that you'll likely want to replace the wheels within a few months.

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Think of it as buying the frame, fork and components, which all look good. Plenty of steer tube left to adjust for fit. You should try to talk him down to around $650-700, as most people selling used bikes on CL will throw well used wheels on there; budget for the fact that you'll likely want to replace the wheels within a few months.

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I tried talking him down. Started and 600 and the lowest I have gotten him is 800. So for now I am going to wait on it and see if in a week or so he wants to take another $150 off the price. He says he will ride it for another season if he doesn't get 800 for it so we will see.

Thanks for the advice.
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Looks like your supplier is expanding his options,

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/3776953101.html

Moving to OC or as we call it, the the Orange Curtain.
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The Salsa La Cruces has a Scandium-Aluminum alloy frame. While Scandium tends to rust faster than steel, I have no idea what it does when combined with Aluminum. Most Scandium reviews boast about its great ride quality. However, any well-engineered bike should ride well, regardless of which frame material it's composed.
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