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1987 Specialized Sequoia (pictures attached). What do you guys know about this bike?

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1987 Specialized Sequoia (pictures attached). What do you guys know about this bike?

Old 04-30-10, 02:11 PM
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1987 Specialized Sequoia (pictures attached). What do you guys know about this bike?

Where can I find more info on it? I just bought this from a guy on craigslist for $245.00. Did I pay too much? I guess I should have asked this before I bought it. Now I just want piece of mind. I rode it today for 15 miles and it seems like a sweet ride, but I can't stop wondering if I paid too much. Click below to see some pictures. Tell me what you think. Thanks!

http://picasaweb.google.com/10199190...alizedSequoia#

I am just wondering if I paid too much, I guess. It is biting away at me because my roommate bought a new Schwinn road bike (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...P763JG3E86JM21) for around 250.00 and I am wondering if I should have just gotten his. Did I make a bad purchase? I am a newbie trying to get into riding long-term. Thanks.

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Your Sequoia is nicer than your friend's Schwinn, if you ask me. I've gotten better bikes for cheaper, but also paid more for equivalent bikes.
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Thanks. I really appreciate your input. I updated the picture link. It should work now.
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Did they make Sequoia's in '87? There is a catalog page on a yahoo group: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/MiyataSpecTour/ If you join, you can view the document. Yours seems to match the '86 spec.

I think you did very well on price. There's a bit of a cult following for the Sequoia, and it's possible you could sell it for near double what you paid. I was recently offered $500 for my '83, which is in excellent condition, but I think it could sell higher. The '83 has some Suntour Superbe components, however, that elevate the value a bit.
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The Sequoia is a very nice bike. Enjoy it. You paid $245 and lets say it was really worth $200. So you think that you over paid 45 bucks. Really - 45 bucks!!!!! Come on pal - go for a nice ride and enjoy your new bike.

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Buyers remorse? You have a nice bike. It ranks with the Miyata 600 and Trek 520's. I'm seeing prices drop on older bikes lately, but you'll soon see people remove thier better bikes from the market. Enjoy the ride.
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Thanks for the catalog! I really like this bike, I was just making sure I didn't get ripped off since there isn't a Kelly Blue Book for used bikes. Thanks for all the input.
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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
Buyers remorse? You have a nice bike. It ranks with the Miyata 600 and Trek 520's. I'm seeing prices drop on older bikes lately, but you'll soon see people remove thier better bikes from the market. Enjoy the ride.
It's a sport touring geometry, not a touring bike, so the comparison to the Miyata and Trek is apples to oranges (though in the first year of production and possibly the second, the Sequoia had much longer chainstays). The Sequoias were also equipped with much nicer components than the Miyata 600 or Trek 520. Mine has Superbe Pro brakeset and pedals, alloy headset, high quality Specialized sealed hubs laced to MA2 rims, Sugino AT crankset, et al. At 60cm, it weighs in at a shade under 24 lbs.
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Oh yeah, and Grant Petersen nominated the '83 version as the best production bike ever built!

http://www.adventurecycling.org/reso...ed_sequoia.pdf
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your sequoia new today would be in the $1000+ range. your friend's schwinn new is still $250.

you sequoia used today is $245 (what you paid). your friend's schwinn used is $100.
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I'd kinda kill for that bike. Want to turn it for a quick (but small) profit?
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Also want, especially at $245.
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Check out this '81 Sequoia frame that just sold minutes ago on fleabay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...torefresh=true

It's quite possibly a 3Rensho built frame, which would definitely bump the price up a bit. It closed at $318. Feel better?
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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
Buyers remorse? You have a nice bike. It ranks with the Miyata 600 and Trek 520's. I'm seeing prices drop on older bikes lately, but you'll soon see people remove thier better bikes from the market. Enjoy the ride.
That is the truth! I had my 520 on CL for a few weeks now with no takers. It just got fenders and a Brooks saddle, and became a keeper.,,,,BD
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Beautiful. That's my grail bike.
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If you like it what does it matter what you paid?
And prices on vintage bikes are falling here also.
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They've used that name for a long time, and the model has changed a lot. I've ridden a 90's Sequoia with an aluminum frame. It was very nice. I've borrowed it from my sister in law. We're the same size. It's a really nice ride.

Honestly, I've never seen a Specialized bike I disliked. The Sequoia has been high enough in the lineup that it couldn't be junk, and this one looks excellent.
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want.
Ditto.
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Haha, thanks JunkYard. I do feel better. A couple more finds like your ebay find and I think I'll soon forget about how much I paid for mine.

Don't get me wrong guys, I am not complaining about how much I spent. The bike looks good and the ride is excellent, but I got the same impression from my friend's Schwinn and it got me thinking (obviously my newbie senses need some fine-tunning). After all of your comments, I understand that I got a really good deal and I am grateful.
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Sorry, off topic, but....
Where can I buy that kind of bar tape on the OP's bike? I would like to put something like that on my white PDG Paramount.

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Sorry, off topic, but....
Where can I buy that kind of bar tape on the OP's bike? I would like to put something like that on my white PDG Paramount.
Benotto Cello: http://www.google.com/products?q=ben...ed=0CBQQrQQwAA
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