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Old 01-13-14, 04:47 PM
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Classic Iron Man Dave Scott Expert

Quick question, I saw an Iron Man Dave Scott Expert for sale, around $150. It's the miami vice colors I guess. How much are these bikes? is it worth it for $150? I've read that some sell for $70+, some $150 and some even higher $200-$300. I've also read that even if it's not "the right size" to buy it and double your money. It's 1988.

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Old 01-13-14, 05:18 PM
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I would give $150 for it. It looks in decent condition.
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Old 01-13-14, 05:22 PM
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Found out, just now, that it's too big for me. $150 is a great price? I read that people will end up buying it even if its not their size and selling it for double the price.
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Although it can be, it's not always that simple. When looking at the bike in person you need to inspect it carefully for stuck stem/seat post, frame damage, condition of wheels, etc. etc. etc. You can read more in this thread....... https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...e-Flipping-101 ........many of the regulars here like to do complete overhauls on bikes like these to make them more attractive to potential buyers, given that you can buy it for the right price.
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Old 01-13-14, 06:12 PM
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Its good price but not a great price. Very little ROI or flip potential for profit.
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Old 01-13-14, 07:39 PM
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It looks like it's in pretty good condition, reflectors and all.
It's got the full Shimano 105 introduced that year, including the pedals.
It is 1987 and it is the very iconic Miami Vice edition.

In this market, if I was going to ride it, I'd give $125-$150, after first making sure:
1-The bars turn both ways fairly smoothly, not like a ratchet wrench.
2-Same with the crank arms.
3-The hoods are not torn.
4-The stem and seat post will come out. '87 seatposts can be a real bugger.
5-The hubs spin freely, without catches or making much noise (besides the clicking).

However, at that price, it's not really much of a flipper.
Cables and tubes will run you $25-$30.
Bar wrap will run you $10
You've got about 4-6 hours of labor to make it look really nice, if you want to do it yourself.
If you take it to a bike shop, your profit will be zero, unless your market is high.

Don't get me wrong. In my market, cleaned, lubed, and ready to go, $225-$275 if it fits an interested buyer, but that's AFTER work and replacements.

Overall, Centurion Ironman models bring $225-$265 over the last 100 or so that I tracked. It didn't seem to matter what year, model, or components, but in the last year or so, the market has sharpened up, the red/white are really taking on the Miami Vice for the most popular, and the black and Carbon models are getting harder and harder to find.
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Old 01-13-14, 09:26 PM
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That is a big bike and could take a long while to find the right buyer. It took 2 + months for someone here to sell one that size.
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I picked up mine a couple years ago for about that price. I got an extra front wheel and an extra brand new cassette. Mine has Shimano Sante components and is in near perfect condition. If I didn't already have a zillion bikes I would buy it if I could get it for a little cheaper.
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Old 01-14-14, 09:08 AM
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How big is it? In that condition I would snap it up any way. If it is too big to sell the parts look in great shape so I would strip them and just short sell the frame.
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Old 01-14-14, 11:57 AM
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where do you live? i could sell that bike for 400 easily in the spring, but i live in one of the hottest bike markets in the country. but it would cost probably $20-50 more in stuff and 4-6 hours labor like robbie said.

fwiw I sold an ironman last year in the middle of summer for $500 and the ad was up for less than a week

it's worth buying and seeing if you like it.. you won't have a problem getting your money back, that's for sure. I would buy it, fix it up real nice and sell it for 500/obo.
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Old 01-14-14, 06:34 PM
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I didn't want to respond and jinx my purchase, but I bought this bike. I got a little worried when this thread popped up. I had already put in my best offer just under $150. Took them 3 days to get back to me, but I picked it up today. At 60cm, the bike is on the small side for my massive 6'4" body. All my other frames are 62-64cm. I plan on using this as a road and triathlon bike, so I thought a little smaller frame might work better. I'll post pictures later. The frame is in almost flawless shape with only a couple tiny scratches. The stickers on the fork and wheels look brand new. A clean up, new tires/tubes, wrap, hoods, and cables/housing should have this bike back on the road quickly. If it turns out to be too small, I will have a great bike to sell or trade for a 62 or 64cm. Original owner even had manual and original sales receipt and a nice older kryptonite lock. Now to find those vintage aero bars I have stored somewhere.
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Originally Posted by btpdragon View Post
I didn't want to respond and jinx my purchase, but I bought this bike.
Congratulations. The Miami Vice Ironman's exemplify "the 80's" to me; loud and proud!
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Old 01-14-14, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by btpdragon View Post
I didn't want to respond and jinx my purchase, but I bought this bike. I got a little worried when this thread popped up. I had already put in my best offer just under $150. Took them 3 days to get back to me, but I picked it up today. At 60cm, the bike is on the small side for my massive 6'4" body. All my other frames are 62-64cm. I plan on using this as a road and triathlon bike, so I thought a little smaller frame might work better. I'll post pictures later. The frame is in almost flawless shape with only a couple tiny scratches. The stickers on the fork and wheels look brand new. A clean up, new tires/tubes, wrap, hoods, and cables/housing should have this bike back on the road quickly. If it turns out to be too small, I will have a great bike to sell or trade for a 62 or 64cm. Original owner even had manual and original sales receipt and a nice older kryptonite lock. Now to find those vintage aero bars I have stored somewhere.
Congratulations. Curious as to original retail price? I have an 87 Expert.
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I'll grab the manual with receipt when I get done with work. I want to say it was $445 back when he bought the bike in 1988.
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Well done and welcome to C&V btpdragon!
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Here is a pic of the receipt. Looks like it was a base price of $419.99 on 7-6-1988. $445.19 out the door. I believe it was purchased at the 2-Wheel Transit Authority in Fountain Valley, CA. I think they closed their HB store in 87 and the fountain valley store in 90.


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Thank you btpdragon. Enjoy!
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
How big is it? In that condition I would snap it up any way. If it is too big to sell the parts look in great shape so I would strip them and just short sell the frame.
60cm/24" according to the seller, that's a great idea!
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Originally Posted by btpdragon View Post
I didn't want to respond and jinx my purchase, but I bought this bike. I got a little worried when this thread popped up. I had already put in my best offer just under $150. Took them 3 days to get back to me, but I picked it up today. At 60cm, the bike is on the small side for my massive 6'4" body. All my other frames are 62-64cm. I plan on using this as a road and triathlon bike, so I thought a little smaller frame might work better. I'll post pictures later. The frame is in almost flawless shape with only a couple tiny scratches. The stickers on the fork and wheels look brand new. A clean up, new tires/tubes, wrap, hoods, and cables/housing should have this bike back on the road quickly. If it turns out to be too small, I will have a great bike to sell or trade for a 62 or 64cm. Original owner even had manual and original sales receipt and a nice older kryptonite lock. Now to find those vintage aero bars I have stored somewhere.
That's great!! I knew a bunch of people who wanted to contact the seller, including me, but it was too late and the ad was gone lol. It's true, those bikes go fast!!
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Old 01-17-14, 05:55 PM
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What size are you looking for? They pop up all the time in my craigslist auto searches. I only look for the larger frames for myself. Are you looking for this specific year/color? I am in OC and check the OC, LA, SD and IE craigslists. If I see something in your size, I'll forward you the ad.
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There's one on Chicago CL that looks really clean............... https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/4285877957.html
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This is a Japanese built frame, not a Taiwan or Chinese frameset.
It should have the sticker at the bottom of the seat tube.

Pull out the bb and look at the finishing and mitering of the tubes.
Check the alignment.
Look at the quality of the threading of the bb and fork.

One easy one, loosen the seat binder and slide the post up and down.

$150 for this bike is a steal. The frame is worth more than that alone.
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