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Columbus Aelle - worth $175?

Old 06-02-13, 07:51 AM
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Columbus Aelle - worth $175?

Hi guys. I flip (and keep) quite a lot of bikes, but I am on the fence about this one - do you think the price is fair? It's my size, and that is of cause a plus for me personally, but not a must. It has Columbus Aelle tubing, Suntour SXC Radius gears and brand new tires. So would it be worth the approximately 175 bucks worth in your book? I know the markets are very different, but please give me your opinion!

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Old 06-02-13, 08:26 AM
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SunTour Radius, in conjunction with a unicrown fork should make this early 1990s. At that price I'd be searching for a bicyle with Tange Infinity or comparable seamed, butted CrMo tubeset and a Shimano Exage group. The Infinity will be lighter and replacement parts are readily available for Shimano. However, if you really have to have a Columbus frame, even if it is straight gauge CMn, then the price is not unreasonable, but it's also not something I could get excited over. This was pretty much at the end of Aelle's lifespan with Columbus introducing introducing the similar but lighter Gara tubest using a CrMo alloy.
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Old 06-02-13, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
SunTour Radius, in conjunction with a unicrown fork should make this early 1990s. At that price I'd be searching for a bicyle with Tange Infinity or comparable seamed, butted CrMo tubeset and a Shimano Exage group. The Infinity will be lighter and replacement parts are readily available for Shimano. However, if you really have to have a Columbus frame, even if it is straight gauge, CMn, then price is not unreasonable, but it's also not something I could get excited over. This was pretty much at the end of Aelle's lifespan with Columbus introducing introducing the similar but lighter Gara tubest using a CrMo alloy.
Thank you once again T-Mar! Really not sure how to react. But the color is meh. So I'll probably pass.
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Not enough margin for a flip.
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Not enough margin for a flip.
In my area it could probably work, but I was thinking of keeping it in my personal collection
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Now this is a real long shot. Going to look at this bike tomorrow. The pictures are absolutely horrible, and the seller seems to know nothing about bikes. But if anyone can recognize anything, or tell me something about the bike, please post!

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I can recognize a bent fork when I see one
That thing probably isn't worth the drive to check out I'm afraid.
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I can recognize a bent fork when I see one
That thing probably isn't worth the drive to check out I'm afraid.
Wow, how did I miss that. ****. Thanks!
Would it be an idea to simply change the fork? Or will other things be broken as well?

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Other things will be broken - including your wallet.
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There's a good chance the frame tubes are bent too, directly behind the head lugs. If not, it's probably a least out of alignment. The front wheel is proably at least out of true and could be so bad as the rim needs replacing. It's only worth the price of the good parts.
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Thanks a lot guys, you saved me a trip and a bit of a disappointment!
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