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Old 06-05-17, 11:56 AM
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Curious to know your thoughts about a Sundeal R9 700c Road Bike

I'm looking to get my girlfriend a road bike. She's done lots of recreational riding around downtown city areas but has never owned a road bike. My thoughts are to get her set up with something nice, and if over the course of a year or two the hobby sticks we could spend bigger money on carbon.

I found the Sundeal R9 700c Road Bike on ebay. At $340 and free shipping it looks to be a pretty good deal. I know the 9 speed drive train is obsolete now days, and 11 speed is the new standard, but I think for her needs she'd be fine with a 9 speed. I would think that the Sora group would provide nice shifting. The bike is aluminum, even the fork - but I'm OK with that too. There's lots of places on eBay where I could buy a carbon fork for $50, so that's an easy upgrade if we think it's needed.

The tires are probably crappy tires, I'd buy good puncture resistant tires before I set her out on the road.

Question: The crankset is listed as "Crankset: unbranded, Compact Road Square taper, 170mm, 50/34T". Is this a 68mm english threaded bottom bracket? Not that I'd worry too much about replacing the crankset, but if I wanted to I could just get a 105 right?

Another concern: The cost of a decent wheelset could add up fast. She doesn't need anything race worthy. But if they're just ultra cheap perhaps the bearings could go out or they could go out of true and lose stability and integrity ... not sure what to think. I suppose at that price point it's a roll of the dice. Probably like most of you, I've got extra wheelsets.

I'd Appreciate your thoughts on what I might regret ...

Thanks,

Steve
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Old 06-05-17, 12:16 PM
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Old 06-05-17, 12:18 PM
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Don't expect much, and you are 'boned' if the bike is needing warranty covered work.

9 speed and even 8 and less are still common on lower cost bikes,

you are asking about a bike 1/3 of the cost of something you will see the latest 11 speed stuff on.

there are entry level bikes in bike shops in the US at about $400.. and service after the sale ,
fully assembled and tuned to ride.
(And in a size she can ride, and test before buying, I suspect you don't know much about bike fitting)



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Old 06-05-17, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
there are entry level bikes in bike shops in the US at about $400.. and service after the sale ,
fully assembled and tuned to ride.
(And in a size she can ride, and test before buying, I suspect you don't know much about bike fitting)

+1, proper fit is very important; a poorly-fitted bike is a sure way to turn off a prospective rider. Also, a bike bought online will doubtless require assembly, which must be done properly if the bike is to be safely ridden; if you need to have a shop do this much of your savings from buying online disappears. As it will if you need to buy tires and/or a wheelset.
Shops may also have nice used bikes that they have taken on trade-ins. Finally there are good bikes to be had on places like Craigslist, if you know what you are looking for.
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Old 06-05-17, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by StevePupel View Post
I know the 9 speed drive train is obsolete now days...
There's nothing inherently wrong with 9 speed drivetrains, or reason to be ashamed for riding one. I have a 15-year-old road bike (Airborne "Carpe Diem", FWIW) with Ultegra 9 in back and a front triple. I have no desire for more gears. The bike is a delight to ride.
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Well, since you asked for thoughts... Methinx you will be MUCH happier doing something with the local bike shop, and the additional money is going to pay YOU dividends. 1. someone else does know how to fix it and is willing to do so (at a reasonable cost), 'cause there will be times when you won't be that guy. 2. if they're a good shop, they won't let you walk out with a *wrong* bike for her or a bad fit, which is in YOUR best interest. 3. someone else besides YOU can be assigned the blame for almost anything (in my mind, money well spent & cheap insurance).
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Old 06-05-17, 03:55 PM
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I would add that if you ever consider buying up, it will be difficult to resell what you have. A bike you have never heard of is almost always a hard sell. I would buy second hand before I would buy a no-name bike from eBay. I would buy from Bikes Direct though.
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Old 06-05-17, 03:57 PM
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Buying any bike that you are already thinking about upgrading is a losing proposition. Before you buy, cost out the price of the upgrades you are thinking about. You will almost certainly find that you could buy a much better bike for that amount of money
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Old 06-05-17, 04:24 PM
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The Sundeal manuf website doesn't even show the frame geometry spec!!!
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Thanks everyone for taking the time to respond!

Many good things to consider here, thanks everyone.

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I'll second the advice to buy from a local shop and a bike with a brand name you recognize. An off-brand from ebay is not a good investment. You are already considering changing the fork, tires and wheels and who knows what else. By the time you do that you could have bought a much better bike for less total cost.
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