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Old 11-08-18, 10:14 AM
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Custom 853 value

I am a tubing geek, and after finding a 753 Peugeot, I though 853 should be next on my list. Walked in to a bike shop and they have one 2nd hand with carbon fork, in my size. Ksrium elite wheels and 105 group. Not very vintage but it is steel, so what kind of prices does something like that go for. The title says custom as it was made for somebody specific, I spoke to the builder and although he doesn't remember it specifically, he ony really does custom, and is a well reputed bike fitting centre.
So, what should I look at paying? Cheers folks
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What is the vintage of the 105? 8, 9, 10, 11?
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What is the vintage of the 105? 8, 9, 10, 11?
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Not sure if "custom" really adds anything of value on the second-hand market..perhaps some, however you might look at other 853-built bikes and see what they are going for. The following 853 frames come to mind:

>Lemond Zurich(Ultegra), Maillot Jaune(Dura Ace), Alpe d'Huez(105) -- top end with ovalized tubing
>Lemond Buenos Aires(105/Ultegra) -- second tier with round tubing

Other manufacturers use/have used 853..Gunnar, All-City..others
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Who's the custom builder?

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Who's the custom builder?

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A french chap, never heard of him but he and his shop have a good reputation on line.
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More importantly, do the custom dimensions fit you?
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
More importantly, do the custom dimensions fit you?
They do! It's a sloped top tube, so hard to measure with 100% accuracy but it's pretty close to 58ST 57TT
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Given that after a small amount of research the wheelset is worth half or more on the 2nd hand market of the price I'm being offered the bike for, I'm going for it.
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You're doing the right thing.
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You're doing the right thing.
I hope so. The new coffee machine has just gone waaay down the priorities list
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I don't know if it's supposed to, but the paint job makes me think of a cow.
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I don't know if it's supposed to, but the paint job makes me think of a cow.
Yup, you're not wrong. It was a 'thing' over here for a while.
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Ha, I love it!

Fwiw Niner uses 853, and those new, modern frames + fork retail for around $1600? On sale for $800ish
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I don't know if it's supposed to, but the paint job makes me think of a cow.
Those look more like tadpoles.....
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As someone who grew up around dairy farms, I like it. But it also sort of reminds me of Gateway boxes.
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As someone who grew up around dairy farms, I like it. But it also sort of reminds me of Gateway boxes.
I'd forgotten them. Didn't he sell out to Dell?
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