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Peugeot Super Competition, Foreign Market

Old 01-28-18, 06:57 AM
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Peugeot Super Competition, Foreign Market

I'm working in the Netherlands for a couple of months and could use a bike. I've found a Peugeot super competition on a local resale forum, but I don't know enough about vintage bikes, individual components, or the local market to know whether I'm getting a fair deal. The seller is asking 400 euro. He says the bike includes the following components:

- Mavic Module E wheelset with new spokes and cassette
- New old stock Shimano arabesque crankset (with original box)
- Shimano 600 Arabesque groupset
- New Brooks c17 cambium carved saddle
- Brooks saddle bag
- New handlebar tape
- New chain

I can't yet post URLs, but the imgur address for pictures is /a/jEnJm.

Is 400 euro in the right ballpark? Is there anything more I should ask the seller to assess the value?
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Old 01-28-18, 07:21 AM
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Welcome to the forum leaf water!

A good looking fiets.

Appears to be in fine condition.

Two oddities noticed -

a) rear hub is solid axle

b) fork ends exhibit eyelets while dropouts do not. this might suggest that fork is a replacement. in such cases one should examine carefully the frame for any signs of deformation due to impact.

Perhaps the single most important question is "is it a good size for you?"

Best wishes with it if you elect to proceed.

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Old 01-28-18, 07:31 AM
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Well, it's a 60 cm frame, and my inseam is 34-35", so it may be too big for me. I'll hop on and see before anything else, and I'll certainly ask whether the forks have been replaced.
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...400-500 bucks American money is right about in the ballpark for a Super Comp in decent condition here. So 400 Euro is within that range.
I've never seen one with Shimano 600 on it, but that stuff ought to work pretty well, even if it offends the Francophiles. Not sure what it does in terms of valuation.

The Super Comps from the 80's are pretty compact in geometry, and I have found (from owning and riding a couple) that they seem to be pretty flexy in the rear....compared to many other bicycles. That's not especially good or bad, just a handling characteristic I've experienced.
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...400-500 bucks American money is right about in the ballpark for a Super Comp in decent condition here. So 400 Euro is within that range.
I've never seen one with Shimano 600 on it, but that stuff ought to work pretty well, even if it offends the Francophiles. Not sure what it does in terms of valuation.

The Super Comps from the 80's are pretty compact in geometry, and I have found (from owning and riding a couple) that they seem to be pretty flexy in the rear....compared to many other bicycles. That's not especially good or bad, just a handling characteristic I've experienced.
I'll bet shimano 600 is not that uncommon for the european market. I worked in a bike shop in Paris in the early 80s and bought a full 531 motobecane that came stock with shimano 600.

Concur in the valuation as well as being OK assuming that the bike checks out.
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Old 01-28-18, 05:22 PM
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Price is high for the Dutch market, but if this bike is exactly what you're looking for then €400 may not be too bad. The new Brooks bits are fairly expensive, and it sounds as if the bike is ready to ride.

The fork is not original to the bike, which would bother me at that price level.

WRT to size: 60cm should be fine. I have a 35" inseam and ride 62-64 cm.
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...the Super Comp had a genuine, high class 531 fork as made. If it's a replacement, the chances are pretty good it's a downgrade.
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I bought the bike for 350 euro. If I'd been sure the fork had been replaced, I might've tried for less, but that's on me for being in a rush to get a bike. The owner didn't want to let it go for any less; the shimano 600 stuff is all deadstock, and he claimed that it cost the majority of what I was paying him. If I take it back home to the states, I'll keep my eyes peeled for an original fork.
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