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Old 05-23-10, 08:51 PM
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Advice needed!! (Bridgestone RB-1 content)

I'm going to look at a 1989 Bridgestone RB-1 tomorrow that I'm quite interested in. I've been looking for a nice late 80's steel rig that I can put a lot of miles on. I've heard these bikes are quite nice so I'm hoping this will suit my needs

The CL ad reads as follows:

Classic Bridgestone top of the line road bike.

Original owner - bought new in 1989. 56cm lugged steel frame & fork with all original equipment (except for tires and bar tape). Suntour GPX components. 31.5" standover height.

Bridgestone catalog can be seen here: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridgest...ne-1989-14.htm.

Lightly ridden over the last 20 years. Has been in storage for most of its life. Tuned up and ridden recently - still shifts cleanly, wheels are true, very nice ride. There are several cosmetic paint scratches (as shown) - no rust, dents or dings. Very good overall condition. $350 or best offer.


I guess my first question for you CVer's is what are your opinions/thoughts on this bike in general (ride, geometry, tubing, etc). Also, how are the GPX components? I'm not too familiar with them.

Second, is price. $350 seems pretty reasonable to me, given that the bike is in good condition. The seller does throw in 'or best offer', so any suggestions on what I could try to ask for it?

Thanks a lot CV
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Old 05-23-10, 09:27 PM
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I hope it is still around tomorrow. In a hot market like Boston, I would have thought the bike would have been sold already. For a nicer model like this one, value is all about cosmetics. The better the paint, the higher the value. The more scratched up it is, the lower the value. If it is still available tomorrow, I would bet the cosmetics are marginal....

From what little I can tell from the crappy pics on the C/L ad, cosmetics look decent to me. Definitely needs touchup, but not bad.
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$350 might a bit high, but does not sound outrageous to me if it fits you and you like the ride. Offer him $300, but be prepared to pay the $350.

I have no first-hand knolwedge of the GPX group, but as a general proposition, SunTour made stuff that worked very well, so that would not hold me back.

I had a 1992 RB-1 and loved it. I don't think there was any major change in the geometry between 1989 and 1992. The frame tubing and components changed, because Bridgestone and Grant Peterson were always looking for stuff that worked well but allowed them to hit a very competitive price point. They were very good at it, and the result was bikes that, in terms of perfromance, came in hundreds of dollars less than the competition, at least at the high end. They always perfromed well.

RB-1's weren't the best racing bikes out there, but they consistently gave the most bang for the buck. I seriously doubt if anyone lost a race because they were on an RB-1. Based on mine, and what I have read, they were designed along the lines of Euro road racing lines, which tended to be a bit less stiff and with a seat tube angle that put your seat a bit further back when compared to American racing bikes, which tended to be stiffer and more upright. The Euro style of the RB-1 was meant more for road races with varying terrain and more time in the saddle, while the American style was more geared to the crits that were more prevalent here.

Good luck. If it fits, I think you will enjoy it very and will not regret the price.
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Given the cult that has grown around classic Bridgstones--RB-1s, MB-0s, MB-1s--$350 is very reasonable for a clean and original RB-1 rider. Pounce.
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I sold an RB2 frame/fork last summer for $180 and I had quite a few responses so I would think a complete RB1 in decent shape would fetch good money.
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Go for it. I love my RB-1's.
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Sigh... reminds me of an RB-1 I recently missed out on: my size, sounded like it was in good condition, for $50. But it was a 4-hour drive away. Seller never responded, so I guess someone else got to it before I could.
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The price is probably right for a Bridgestone RB-1 in the Boston area, but Bridgestones are 25-30% overpriced compared to similar bikes these days. The GPX might prove problematic, since it is only compatible to itself and there are not many of them around (and the ones you see demand very high prices). As far as the level, it was about at the level of 105 with slightly worse shifting performance and much worse braking performance. For $350 you could get into a 531 frame with Shimano 600 tricolor if you dig a bit in your market... Still, if you are lured by the mystique of Bridgestone, you might want to think about stripping the bike from the Suntour bits (esp. if they are in excellent condition), sell them on ebay and replace them with 600 Tricolor (you'll probably end up making some $ as well, but definitely will get better components for the money.)
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ARRGHHHH. Someone snuck in and bought the bike right from under me. I gave the guy a call after work to set up a time to meet and he said he had a guy coming by shortly to pick up the bike.
I really hope its not another C+Ver.
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The RB-1 is a nice bike. RB-1 fans keep the market value up there, and there's nothing wrong with that.

As a functional good steel road bike, there are bikes as good, IMHO, at $250, like some Fuji, Panasonic, Centurion, or Nishiki models, if they have better components. I put the GPX squarely between 105 and 600, and I've had identical Tange 1 frames sporting each group, all at the same time, so I figure I can relate.

A clean RB-1 with an upgrade to tricolor 600 STI package, now that's a bike that can stomp a lot of newer stuff costing twice as much, if not more. Figure what you pay for the upgrade, less the offset, and you've got a $400-$500 bike that'll rock.
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ARRGHHHH. Someone snuck in and bought the bike right from under me. I gave the guy a call after work to set up a time to meet and he said he had a guy coming by shortly to pick up the bike.
I really hope its not another C+Ver.
*****. Sorry to hear it. We've all been there, but that doesn't make it feel any better. I hope you score the next good one that comes across your radar.
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