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Old 02-14-07, 11:04 AM   #1
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Ok so hammer me if you will...was this a decent deal...

or did I just overbid on this bike?

2006 Specailized Langster but it has a set of wheels with Pauls hubs laced to Velocity Fusion rims with Sapim double butted spokes. Has the 42t ring I would have put on it along with the 16t cog so it will be ready to roll when it gets here. Not a big fan of the bars or levers but I have a set of Tektro levers and Eason EA70 bars which are more up my ally, just hanging out in my basement. The CK headset is just candy.

Can't wait to get on the road.

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Old 02-14-07, 11:07 AM   #2
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Will you be a happier person if I tell you it is a good deal? Because if so, it is a very good deal.
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The wheelset alone is about 300$USD so yeah, you did well.
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i don't like those bikes but i'd say you just got yourself a good deal.
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Old 02-14-07, 11:19 AM   #5
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I just want SOMETHING to get me on the road (well fixed I have several geared bikes) before the June date of the IRO order. It having the CK, the ring and gear I will use and the nice wheels was a huge bonus otherwise I wouldn't have bid as my LBS would have sold me a stock 2006 Langster for $500 out the door. But then I would get the nice wheels and I would have had to buy a ring and a fixed cog. The bidding did go right to my max bid with 2 sec to go...I was gripping a little. LOL.

I think I am happy with the deal...just know there are a lot here that don't like the Langster.
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Old 02-14-07, 11:25 AM   #6
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Man, when I bought my bike I searched for 3 months for a good deal. I didn't find one. Now I have my bike and they are coming out of the wood work.
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Old 02-14-07, 11:27 AM   #7
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You done good. 42/16 --assuming 170mm cranks-- is 69 gear inches, a great starting ratio. You gots lots of parts to move to the IRO now (did you double check the rear spacing is the same?), and you'll be really hooked by the time it gets here....
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Man, when I bought my bike I searched for 3 months for a good deal. I didn't find one. Now I have my bike and they are coming out of the wood work.
I don't know if I am putting too much into it but I've seen some crazy-good deals on eBay lately; I guess that the last thing people have on their minds right now is buying a bicycle. They are too busy shovelling out their driveways/sidewalks and planning vacations over the Spring/March Break. Good time to search out those things you need on the 'bay.

If I were you, I wouldn't bother with the IRO now, that Langster is going to be all the bike you need. People here who don't like the Langster don't like it because it is a big-name brand and that kinda goes against the whole "Fixed Community" thing. I really don't want to start a flame war or anything so I will just say that a Langster is a great bike, 'nuff said.
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You did fine, that's a stack of nice components on a pretty darn good platform. Those bars aren't bad, they'll get you some beer money if you take them off.
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I don't know if I am putting too much into it but I've seen some crazy-good deals on eBay lately; I guess that the last thing people have on their minds right now is buying a bicycle. They are too busy shovelling out their driveways/sidewalks and planning vacations over the Spring/March Break. Good time to search out those things you need on the 'bay.

If I were you, I wouldn't bother with the IRO now, that Langster is going to be all the bike you need. People here who don't like the Langster don't like it because it is a big-name brand and that kinda goes against the whole "Fixed Community" thing. I really don't want to start a flame war or anything so I will just say that a Langster is a great bike, 'nuff said.
Yea maybe I will just sell off the IRO when it gets here...I suppose we will see...it isn't until late May or early June anyway...plus I am a bike hog so having 5 bikes rather than 4 wont be too much of a hardship. Maybe grab a Michie build kit and lace up my extra tubulars to those hubs for the IRO build.....
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Old 02-14-07, 11:43 AM   #11
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a paul wheelset and a king headset makes that bike worth it if they are in good shape. even if you swap out the frame, you can use those wheels and most of the components.
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Old 02-14-07, 11:58 AM   #12
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What a pile of garbage. Send it to me and I'll dispose of it by riding it into the ground.
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Old 02-14-07, 12:02 PM   #13
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You'll have some chainline issues if he didn't change the bb to match the hubs. But otherwise definetely a great deal, as the chainline issue (if you have it) can be fixed for 50 bucks
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the main complaints i've heard about the langster are the stock wheelset and the aluminum fork. i had an alu fork on another bike, and it felt fine to me.

either way, looks fun. congrats.
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You'll have some chainline issues if he didn't change the bb to match the hubs. But otherwise definetely a great deal, as the chainline issue (if you have it) can be fixed for 50 bucks
Tell me more about this. New BB possible you say...I assume narrower? So the Paul's rear hub has a narrower chain line than the stock Specailized hub? By how much?
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Tell me more about this. New BB possible you say...I assume narrower? So the Paul's rear hub has a narrower chain line than the stock Specailized hub? By how much?
paul track hubs have a 44mm chainline (as opposed to the track standard 42.5mm). i personally doubt that this will cause a problem. your chain might make a little noise, but i dont think you're at a big risk of throwing your chain. if the noise is unbearable, you can always replace the bb (likely for much less that 50 bucks).
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The wheelset alone is about 300$USD so yeah, you did well.
more than that. i believe the hubs retail for about 300...
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1 or 2mm spacer on BB and call it a day if they didn't correct for the paul hub. And anybody who built a wheel with a paul and didn't know about this issue deserves to be smacked in the head with the Hefty Dead Fish of More Money Than Sense-Havingnesss
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I was watching that bike yesterday and think the price you paid is pretty good, esp with the parts on it. I have a '07 langster, having moved from a 1982 Allez conversion, so I guess the fact that it is a Langster does not bother me in the least. IMO, the wheels made the bike, and I considered buying it just for the wheels and then turning around and selling the bike on Craigslist.

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meh: a chainline that's 1.5mm off is no big deal.
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Hmmm, I'd almost be leery of a deal that good; maybe wear asbestos gloves for the first ride.
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langsters arent that bad. i like mine, its a stiff ride. there for real men.
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