Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Land of Pleasant Living
Bikes: Trek 630 • Jamis Quest • Bilenky Tourlite and various others
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Hey thanks Sam, and everyone, for yours replies. I went to the shop today to check it out. What I thought would likely be a great deal turned out to be more of a regular deal. $450 might be what the bike is worth. The "demo" bike turned out to be pretty much a "rental" bike. From a shop about a block from the beach. Every nut and bolt on it had rust and/or corrosion. It made me nervous about a steel frame that spent the first two years of it's life as a rental bike at the beach. It was in good repair, but it wasn't clean. Sand, salt and grit in the drive train, mud on the frame, torn tape, scraped brifters, etc. I was disappointed in the shop for not giving me the straight scoop fom the beginning and also for not trying to make the bike presentable/buy-able. Bad form from a LBS, in my opinion. Anyway.
The bottom line was: It just didn't fit. It was a 55 cm, just like my Quest, about an inch plus of crotch clearance. I set seat and took a ride. It was very nice and smooth. For all that it was rented, it shifted, pedaled and rode very well, I thought. It made the Quest's ride feel twitchy by comparisome (not that I would ever have described the Quest as twitchy before I rode this), kind'a like a sport luxury car. I liked it's ride a lot. It just didn't feel big enough. My seat was 2+ inches higher than the triple-stacked+ stem and I felt bent over and slightly cramped. It felt as though I was riding on a smaller bike than the Quest and yet, in pretty much the same position. I don't know why. I'm sure some of that would go away with some tweaks. I tried to imagine myself on a loaded tour (I try to imagine myself on a loaded tour, period) with that bike and couldn't do it. Oh, well. I'll just keep looking, particularly at a newer 57 cm. We'll see what happens.
Last edited by foamy; 03-03-07 at 05:10 PM.