We'll be looking at an XL Santana Team AL this Thursday. I had despaired of finding a good bike anywhere near enough to my remote-ish location to actually go see and test in person. As luck would have it, I found what seems to be a close approximation of my dream bike within 60 miles of my upcoming high school reunion. The reunion is a 10-hour drive away, but since the Santana is so close we'll take an extra day to go take a look at it. And maybe even buy it! :-)
The seller seems committed to making it work - he had the bike inspected by his LBS, put on a new chain and rear cassette, and at my request had the sweet-16s fully inspected as well. He's also saving maps from his local rides so we can do an extended test on Friday morning.
I hope it works out, but it's always good to maintain a professional detachment when seeing and testing a new vehicle of any kind. "Always be ready to walk away", I'm reminding myself. But she had me at "hello".
I do like the relative uniqueness of the Team AL frame - Santana doesn't offer this model anymore.
Wish us luck!
Pic of the bike: