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Old 07-20-12, 08:08 AM
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Curtlo Bike

A guy at work is trying to sell me a Curtlo bike.
He doesn't want much for it, but I have no idea if its even worth what he's asking.

It's a Curtlo frame. I can't find any details other than "Shades" written in marker on the non-drive chainstay.
It's got Dura-Ace levers, downtube shifters, and deraileurs (7-speed). Brakes are generic. The crank is unmarked but might be Dura-Ace.
Has Cinelli bars and a Selle Italia saddle.
Wheels are "Sarvedra"? Tubular with Conti GPs.

Anyone have any info that might be useful?
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Old 07-20-12, 08:27 AM
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https://www.curtlo.com/ Curtlo is a frame builder between Seattle and Portland. Decent prices on frames. So it is likley a built bike not assembled by him. He use to build frames down in CA but moved north a number of years ago.
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Old 07-20-12, 08:59 AM
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Thanks for the info. I found his website but it didn't tell me much about the value of this particular frame.

Anyone know how much the DA group is worth?
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Old 07-20-12, 09:17 AM
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Without pictures we can't tell you much.

It sounds like a solid bike: A nice frame and a quality component group.

How much does he want for the bike?
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Old 07-20-12, 09:18 AM
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He's asking $300. I'll try to snag a picture later today.
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If it's in anything approaching decent shape, run, don't walk and buy him dinner as a thank you.
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Old 07-20-12, 09:22 AM
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Old 07-20-12, 09:24 AM
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+1 On unknown bikes at a reasonable/low price, I do not spend time trying to ID the maker, just value at the components. I figure the good deals do not last long enough for me to do the research. Grab now, study later is my theory.

Around here, while the competition is doing their research, I am loading the bike in my car. Bought a bike earlier this year, based on what the seat post was worth (price was that attractive). I figured I had plenty of time later to do the research, but if I pondered it, someone else was going to scoop it up. My last buy, I bought at what the shifters and derailleurs were worth. No brainer at that point.

Easy enough to find DA component prices on ebay. They sell all the time. At the $300 price, if it is decent, its a smokin hot deal. In this case, the frame alone is worth the asking price, as are the components. Sounds like a winner.
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Old 07-20-12, 09:45 AM
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I'd get it. The frame alone for their road bikes costs a grand new.
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Those Saavedra tubular rims may be really lightweight. I have a pair that are ~280g each. I'm not building them up until I loose some of my fat a**. I think I'd just crumple them right now.
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Curtlos are nice if a little workmanlike. Folks who have them love the way they ride. Keep in mind that they're all custom (consider how it's going to fit!) and I don't think that he's ever had model designations. 126mm or 130mm rear end? I'd wager that a Curtlo frameset from the late 90's is worth about $250-$300 in nice shape.
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Old 07-20-12, 07:09 PM
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@$300, that's a deal and a half.
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I bought a Curtlo for my wife not long ago, it's a beautiful bike. $300 is great price, even if it's in so-so condition.
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Old 07-21-12, 08:44 AM
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Without even seeing it, I'll tell you to buy it!

300. for a DA Curtlo is a steal.
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