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Need help confirming the model of this Diamond Back road bike.

Old 08-12-10, 02:40 AM
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Need help confirming the model of this Diamond Back road bike.

https://racine.craigslist.org/bik/1814244064.html

I Think it's a 95' Interval. Really not sure, though. As you can see, the guy isn't particularly informative in the add. When I emailed him to ask if it was still for sale since it was an older add and then get more info if so, he just replied with "still for sale." Then I emailed him again asking specifically if he knew the model/year and about the height (seems like the diamond backs were odd number of inches - 21",23", etc. not 24") and he just replies "easier to call me 555-5555 it was my wifes she's 5'5" the seat can be raised a bit." I was gonna just forget about it and keep looking for another bike.

Then today, over a week later, he emails me again saying that he needs to sell the bike fast because they're moving out of state and gives me his number again.

I'm tempted to call the guy right now at 3:30 in the morning just out of annoyance with him(this will be funny if he's a member and reads this) because he won't just at least give me the model of the bike. Instead I'm just hoping one of you can identify this bike and I'll either call him in the morning and go look at it tomorrow or just not call if I'm not interested. I would normally at least give a courtesy email in this situation but he's not exactly being helpful to me and he's the one trying to sell me the bike...
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Old 08-12-10, 03:01 AM
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Looks like a 19.5-20" frame. 50cm. A bit pricey IMHO, but then again the market there might yield it.
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
https://racine.craigslist.org/bik/1814244064.html

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As you can see, the guy isn't particularly informative in the add. When I emailed him to ask if it was still for sale since it was an older add and then get more info if so, he just replied with "still for sale." Then I emailed him again asking specifically if he knew the model/year and about the height (seems like the diamond backs were odd number of inches - 21",23", etc. not 24") and he just replies "easier to call me 555-5555 it was my wifes she's 5'5" the seat can be raised a bit." .
You really are expecting too much from the seller. Most sellers on C/L are clueless, and just want to get rid of stuff. They do not want to take extra pictures, they do not want to use a tape measure, they do not want to do a thing. They just want it gone, and some cash for them of course.

Sometimes this can yield a fantastic deal. Other times, they have some notion that the bike is very valuable. It cuts both ways.

Personally, I prefer clueless sellers, as it cuts down on the competition. They aren't answering other potential buyers' questions either.
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Old 08-12-10, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by WNG View Post
Looks like a 19.5-20" frame. 50cm. A bit pricey IMHO, but then again the market there might yield it.
I have no idea if it's pricey or not. I have no idea what the freakin' bike is... If it is indeed an Interval, then yes. If it's an expert or better then I might offer him something for it.
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You really are expecting too much from the seller.
Sorry, I forgot that the American public is so ******** and self centered that it's asking too much trouble of them to know or check a basic thing like the model of bike they're selling.

*Not being sarcastic at all. I prey the rest of the world doesn't have this attitude.
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Old 08-12-10, 09:31 AM
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Alright. Called and it's a Centurion Venture. 18" frame. Is that too small for me at ~5'6 1/2"? Time for some research to find out if this is a decent bike and what(if anything) I should offer, I guess. If anyone has any info I'd be happy to know it. Not looking like much info online.

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Old 08-12-10, 10:27 AM
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Too small for you, in my opinion, but not sure how it's measured....

Sounds like the transition year, 1990 or so, and it would be a Diamondback Venture, but still have Centurion on the frame somewhere. Without components listed, no photo, I really can't give much more than a "go see it" and hope for the best.

Kind of a hike from Mad City to Racine, though, for a bike that may be worth $100-$150 max, and sounds like it's too small.
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Old 08-12-10, 11:23 AM
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Well, it's actually south of Racine, and I have to go down to visit my mother anyway, so it would only be ~20min. from there. If it seems like a decent bike from what I find online, I think I'll offer $100 and if they say yes then I'll go look at it. It's a big drop from $275 to $100, though...

I'm looking to upgrade from my late 80s/early 90s Bridgestone Sport Touring 300. I'll have to see if it seems better than that. I'm Guessing it is, but I don't really know.
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I think it would have to be a Momentum, a Master, or an Expert to be much of an upgrade. My guess is HiTen tubing and some level of Exage group. Will be curious until then, though. Bet it has an Avenir decal, too.
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