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Old 07-06-13, 08:30 AM   #1
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Is this a good deal? Diamondback Podium 3...

I am brand new to road cycling. I was looking for my first bike that wouldn't break my bank. My bank is small, so I was looking at used bikes. I have been looking locally and on eBay for about a month and a half now with little to no luck in finding a good (cheap) deal on a bike in my size. I looked at a site called GearTrade and I found this:

Just in case the link is not active, I will post the specs/description listed.

Diamondback 2010 podium 3
50cm frame
Carbon fiber blade fork
Carbon fiber seat stays
Avenir seat handle bars and stem
FSA Gossamer crankset
Shimano ultregra rear dérailleur
Shimano 105 front dérailleur
Shimano 501 shifter/brake levers
Shimano B500 rims
Bike is stock 1 real season of riding
Tire repair kit( tube CO2 inflation kit) all in saddle bag
2 bottle cages
Cat eye Enduro 8 trip odometer shows 288 miles total on bike

The pictures are HORRIBLE. That being said, the bike is listed in EXCELLENT condition. This cannot be verified by those photos, but... according the terms & conditions of GearTrader, I can buy the bike and if it is not in EXCELLENT condition, I will get my money back. If the bike has been misrepresented in any way, I can get my money back. So, $500 for this bike, TOTAL. Free shipping! It is the best deal I've seen since I started looking, at least I THINK it is a good deal. The seller originally had it listed for $675 and I knew that was too much. I offered him $500 through the site and he accepted. Did I pay too much? Opinions please.
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Old 07-06-13, 08:38 AM   #2
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In excellent condition with only one season of riding I think $500 is fair. Just make sure it fits.
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Old 07-06-13, 09:16 AM   #3
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thanks for your reply!
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Old 07-06-13, 10:12 AM   #4
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buy it that sounds like a pretty good deal and you get some extras
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Old 07-06-13, 10:16 AM   #5
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105/ultegra, in excellent shape, less than 300 miles, with some extras and in prime cycling season.............If it fits, you did fine.
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Old 07-06-13, 03:09 PM   #6
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According to bikepedia, they didn't make a Podium 3 for 2010. This is their 2007 frame, though it may have been made in 2010. They didn't refresh it after 2007, and kept it the same in 08', 09', and 10'.

Now, those aren't identical to what you're getting, but Diamondback's 2011 frame is the current full-alloy used on their Podium 1-5. The parts have either been upgraded, or in 2010 they just used a few different parts on the frame.
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