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Old 10-14-20, 02:39 PM
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How much would you pay for this RB-1?

It's available on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/AMAZING-Unu...torefresh=true

Seller is asking $900 which seems clearly too high.

It is roughly my size. To me, all the value is in the frame, I'd put modern components on it. My inclination is that the fair value is something like $450, which I arrive at by thinking, high-end mass-market early 90s bike in good condition is worth $200-$300 plus an "RB-1 tax". However maybe I'm underestimating the RB-1 tax and/or the value of it being totally stock. What do folks here think?
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Old 10-14-20, 03:44 PM
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Way to high but you already know that. Frame condition is fair to good. A lot of scuffs and scrapes on it. I like the idea of giving it the resto-mod treatment with modern components. Since you're going to replace most of the parts, here's how I would arrive at the price I'd be willing to pay:

-Put a value on what you'd pay for a comparable frameset. In this case, I'm at $200 on the doorstep. High but allows for RB-1 tax, plus it's expensive to ship.
-Add net proceeds (after shipping/fees) from selling groupset and wheelset. I'd ballpark $100 a piece for each.
-That puts me at $400 for the bike. Still feels high to me but it's how my twisted logic would justify it if I wanted an RB-1 that bad!

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Old 10-14-20, 04:00 PM
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Way to high but you already know that. Frame condition is fair to good. A lot of scuffs and scrapes on it. I like the idea of giving it the resto-mod treatment with modern components. Since you're going to replace most of the parts, here's how I would arrive at the price I'd be willing to pay:

-Put a value on what you'd pay for a comparable frameset. In this case, I'm at $200 on the doorstep. High but allows for RB-1 tax, plus it's expensive to ship.
-Add net proceeds (after shipping/fees) from selling groupset and wheelset. I'd ballpark $100 a piece for each.
-That puts me at $400 for the bike. Still feels high to me but it's how my twisted logic would justify it if I wanted an RB-1 that bad!

Thanks, that's very helpful--confirms roughly what I was thinking. You're right the frame really isn't in very good shape despite being supposedly unused.
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Old 10-14-20, 07:18 PM
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Yeah.................................. nice bike. Flat, dry rotted tires. Scratched up paint job. Rotted hoods & handlebar tape. Nasty seat. "Unused" is definitely an incorrect description of the bikes condition. Well.........................................., it's a great frame. Good parts. I'd probably go about as high as $300 ("as is") for something like that. Tell the owner to slap some new tires, handlebar tape, chain, & hoods on it ....................................................... Then, maybe it might be worth about $600. Be good. Have fun.
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Old 10-15-20, 07:48 AM
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This one has been sitting on my local CL off and on for some time. It's about 15-30 minutes west of the Richmond VA area.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/bik/...197678807.html

Bridgestone RB1 Synergy Bike Used Vintage - $500 (Powhatan)

© craigslist - Map data © OpenStreetMapbicycle frame material: steel
bicycle type: road
brake type: cantilever
condition: good
frame size: n/a
handlebar type: other/unknown
make / manufacturer: Bridgestone
model name / number: Synergy Rb-1
suspension: none (rigid)
wheel size: 26 in
This bike frame is legendary and in great condition. Tires and break pads need replacement as well as a general tune up. This bike has a 21" frame. This is great buy if you are into biking. Let me know if you have any questions.

  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers
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Old 10-15-20, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
This one has been sitting on my local CL off and on for some time. It's about 15-30 minutes west of the Richmond VA area.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/bik/...197678807.html

Bridgestone RB1 Synergy Bike Used Vintage - $500 (Powhatan)

© craigslist - Map data © OpenStreetMapbicycle frame material: steel
bicycle type: road
brake type: cantilever
condition: good
frame size: n/a
handlebar type: other/unknown
make / manufacturer: Bridgestone
model name / number: Synergy Rb-1
suspension: none (rigid)
wheel size: 26 in
This bike frame is legendary and in great condition. Tires and break pads need replacement as well as a general tune up. This bike has a 21" frame. This is great buy if you are into biking. Let me know if you have any questions.
  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers
Ooh, that's pretty. I should write them and ask if they would ship. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 10-15-20, 10:39 AM
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"definite wall queen."

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I had this all original one sitting on FB Marketplace for a long time at $525 with no interest. It is in immaculate condition (except some decals).

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"definite wall queen."

Well, they didn't say which wall or who the queen was . . . .
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I would think about $350 very nice bike just not something that is going to get a covid premium.
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Old 10-17-20, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by rjhammett View Post
I had this all original one sitting on FB Marketplace for a long time at $525 with no interest. It is in immaculate condition (except some decals).

What size? 61? 59?
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60cm ctc, 62cm ctt

Originally Posted by balto charlie View Post
What size? 61? 59?
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600$, looks nice !
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The budget i set for buying bikes of this age. $100 and some change, unless it comes with a warranty and a years worth of tune- ups. They don't turn up often but occasionally I catch one.
The $100 bike...

Maybe less considering its advertised unused,but it clearly has wear and tear.

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Old 10-19-20, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by rjhammett View Post
60cm ctc, 62cm ctt
A tad large, shame I have always wanted one.
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Old 10-19-20, 04:37 PM
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Re the eBay bike, I don't know how you know what size it is in cm - which is how Bstones are sized. Hard to get a good grip of the frame condition ("fair" at best) without seeing the chainstays and bottom bracket area. Not saying it's rusted or scratched up, but I've seen some horrendous bb shells on otherwise pretty nice looking RB-1 framesets.

Re the 62cm RB-1, that's a 1992, I have the same one in yellow/white, same size. Well not to hijack the thread to your bike...which is what I am inclined to do, haha.
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