You know how most of the time when something is too good to be true is usually is? Well, this may be the case, but I figure I'd ask you all about it. With My Allez needing a new frame I contacted a guy on Craigslist selling a 2008 Tarmac for $800. I went over and looked at it, and the ad was very truthful about the bike being well used. The clear coat was chipping in places, the shifters were mis-matched (105 front, and Ultegra rear), the saddle had seen a lot of miles, nice mavic rims laced to DA hubs and the bar tape needed replacement. That being said I offered to rent the bike for the weekend (I don't ride that much, so missing a weekend ride sucks) and he accepted. I swapped pedals, and in less than 12 hours I was enjoying the buttery smoothness of carbon.
The difference between that tarmac and my old allez was like night and day. While I had been on a few carbon bikes before, I'd never taken them for real rides (anything over a few miles). After 35+ miles, I was ready to plop down the asking price and take her home. Amazing, supple, buttery smooth, are not accurate enough terms for what the ride felt like. Over the ride I thought, there is no way its as rigid or as responsive as my allez... right? Over the climbs, twists and turns the bike didnt miss a beat. It communicated very well, did everything on command.
So WWBFD? would you buy the bike, and then try and part out a older bike? Sounds like a screaming good deal to me, but I need a reality check to make sure.