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A Bianchi Ibex MTB for winter riding, decent price?

Old 12-07-14, 07:14 AM
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A Bianchi Ibex MTB for winter riding, decent price?

i live in Minnesota, and have been intrigued with doing some winter trail riding...we have a couple of long trails near my home. I ran across this on craigslist

A nice steel framed Bianchi, converted into a winter warrior to get you to work, or wherever you want to go
*19" double-butted cro-molly steel frame, rides nice and almost indestructible. a good size for riders in the 5'7" to 6'0" range
*Solid wheels, Araya alloy rims, new Nokian studded snow tires, quick release front & rear
*Gearing stripped down to a utilitarian 1 x 7, Its got the range you need to move around in the cold and ice
*Nice Planet Bike full fenders keep the slush and salt off of you and your clothes
*Nice alloy platform pedals with grippy rubber surfaces, to keep your commuter boots on the pedals
*Avocet GelflexM20 saddle
*Powerful DiaCompe XCE Cantilever brakes
*New handlebar grips
*Alloy carrier rack
*All bearings cleaned and repacked with fresh grease

This is the ride you need to get around without a car in the winter. The basic build gives you a stable, long wheelbase frame with plenty of tire clearance. The details (tires, pedals, fenders, gearing & rack) make it super functional for winter street riding. Priced fairly at $240...the tires alone are with over $120 for the pair.

Here is some additional description of the frame

The bike is fully ready to go, you shouldn't need anything except some non-studded tires in the spring. You'll see some paint nicks and chips, it's not a new bike and overall in what I would call very good to excellent condition. It has been stripped down to the bare frame, then the rubbed out with rubbing and polishing compound and finally sealed with multiple layers of automotive paste wax.

I don't think this is a screaming good deal...but price seems reasonable, and lets me try out winter riding without spending much. I could probably resell for most of what I paid for it.

Any thoughts?


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Aside from the fenders it sounds like an OK bike, no pics?
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That's high for a vintage mtb but, assuming that it is in good shape, the price is OK given that studded mtb tires run $100 plus a pair and given that the Seller overhauled the bike. If the Seller knows what he/she is doing, you will get a very functional machine for winter riding.

I'm not terribly excited about the quality of the parts on the bike for a $240 asking price though,

I'd pass and buy a nicer vintage mtb and then buy studded tires/fenders for it. You should be able to do that for around the asking price of that bike.

If this bike fits you, it's a winter bike as well,

I have a similar bike (a bridgestone BB-1) set up for winter riding. I really like the way the bike handles in crummy conditions.

And if this fits you, this Klein mtb is worth owning

It's a fine bike.

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Bridgestone sold, Klein probably more $

Thanks for your comments on alternatives..the Bridgestone winter bike is now sold, and the asking price for the Klein is $180. Unless I could buy it for about $100, the winter bike conversion would cost me a lot more...I am about 5'9", would a 17" size work for me ?


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A Bianchi Ibex in quite nice condition for $150 sat on Craigslist here for over a month.
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There's been a few cheap Ibexes on CL here:

[h=2]bianchi ibex - $45 (phillips)[/h]bianchi ibex

And more relevantly (looks to be the same size as the bike you're looking at):
[h=2]Bianchi Ibex - $80 (S. Maplewood, MN)[/h]Bianchi Ibex

Not sure why the ad is still up besides what sounds to be a shot suspension fork.

[h=2]**Schwinn Moab mountain bike** - $150 (Midway, St. Paul)[/h]**Schwinn Moab mountain bike**

I've always thought the late 90's Schwinn Moabs were underrated.
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