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Old 02-14-11, 12:12 AM
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Davidson Signature

64 CM Davidson Signature, NOS condition - CORRECTED MEASUREMENTS

Offered to the list, a classic handbuilt Davidson Signature model in time warp condition.

It has probably 5 miles on it since new. Frame measurements are:

Seat tube 64 cm c-t = 25 "

Top tube 57 cm c-c

Wheelbase 100 cm = 39 "

Headtube 21.5 cm

The saddle height as shown, from crank center to a straightedge on top of the saddle - 32 in = 81.2 cm

This Davidson is the deluxe "Signature" model, top quality with many custom touches including milled stay ends,
vertical dropouts, and forged fork crown. Full 7 speed Shimano Dura-Ace MF-7400, Modolo stem and
bars, and Brooks Pro copper rail saddle. Metallic "corvette blue" paint with white trim.

Price 1500 + shipping.



High resolution pictures posted here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mpetry...57625927432572/
I'm intrigued by the dimensions, as at least in these cold months I've been preferring sitting up hands free to stretching over ~58cm top tubes. I'm roughly 6'1"/35" cycling inseam, and my saddle top height is bit more than the 32" listed for the Davidson as it sits.

I can see the justification for the price, but given the transactions I've seen where I've been privy to the price, it does feel a bit high.

I'm curious what the consensus would be here. And opinions on the Signature line versus what sounds like the more production oriented lines like the Impulse.

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Old 02-14-11, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by tugrul View Post
I can see the justification for the price, but given the transactions I've seen where I've been privy to the price, it does feel a bit high.
I'm curious what the consensus would be here. And opinions on the Signature line versus what sounds like the more production oriented lines like the Impulse.
From my observation, Davidsons just don't get that kind of money, especially in outlier sizes, even though the quality is certainly very high.
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Old 02-14-11, 08:02 AM
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+1, too high a price and while it is in very nice condition I certainly wouldn't call it NOS. The silkscreening is starting to wear on the cranks, the underside of the pedal is quite scuffed, the larger cogs show some wear and tear and rust is starting to gain a foothold in places like the D-ring for the skewer adjusting nut. Finally, isn't that the Modolo stem that had the recall notice?
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Old 02-14-11, 06:17 PM
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Might Be A Tad High

But I say for the umpteenth time, I
have very little sense of the bicycle
marketplace. I buy stuff to ride myself
based mostly on gut feeling and
opportunity (which in the case of some
bikes, really does knock but once.)

Mine cost me about $650, i think, but
by the time I replaced the BB with
Phil Wood and respoked the drive side
on the rear wheel, along with the always
required general overhaul of various
bearing components, I've got another
hundred bucks and maybe 15 hours
into it. This is in NorCal, which is considered
a pricey marketplace.



So if it really is almost unridden, and
of a size you can use, how much do you
really want it? I'd offer that much and
walk if it doesn't happen.

I'm not sure what Davidson's current frame
prices are, but you might want to check
because last I heard he was still in business.

Respectfully yours,
Mike Larmer

p.s. It really is a pretty nice riding bicycle
in the 1978, 57-58 cm range. And I
think I'm not just saying that because
I temporarily am the owner.
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Old 02-14-11, 09:00 PM
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If you allow $500 for the Dura-Ace group, that leaves $1000 for the frame. I would suggest $1000 for the whole bike may be more like it, especially since there will be few buyers at that size. I don't think it would sell above $1000 in SF Bay area, which tends to have higher prices.
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Old 02-19-11, 01:38 AM
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Metin is right. 1000.00 tops. nice bike but...alot of nice bikes out there right now that are not selling
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