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Old 11-22-11, 02:00 PM   #1
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bianchi san jose 2006: $425 a good price?

Hi, singlespeed newb here: I'm checking out this 61cm San Jose probably later this week—specs are:

- 2006
- "Very good condition".
- "Maybe 800 miles"
- all components stock except handlebars

Is this a good/accurate deal? Any suggestions on what to look for or ask about?

THANKS!

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Old 11-22-11, 02:30 PM   #2
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well, the san jose retails at most around $700. and if you buy it from a bike shop they're obviously willing to work with you and go lower on the price. throw in the fact that the bike is over 5 years old and has almost 1000 miles on it (probably more).

its definitely overpriced.
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Old 11-22-11, 02:32 PM   #3
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Lowball the **** out of it and then take it for a reasonable price. Requires level 5 haggling.
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Great. Was wondering if it was overpriced considering my LBS is selling a 2011 for $650.

Thanks for the advice!
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I bought my San Jose new in 2006 for $550.
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Old 11-24-11, 06:59 AM   #6
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How do you like it, coldslabs?
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I like it a lot and ride it (on the road exclusively) while often neglecting my geared bike. It is relaxed without feeling sluggish. Since I don't race it I couldn't comment on its abilities as an actual cross bike though.

The stock parts are pretty low quality. I have replaced everything over five years but the brakes, brake levers, frame and fork (after using them up or breaking them outright).
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Way too much. They don't make them anymore but that's too much. Last year there was a shop on eBay that was blowing them out for $450 brand new with free shipping.
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