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Choosing Used CL Gravelbike

Old 05-03-17, 03:14 PM
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Choosing Used CL Gravelbike

I have been mountain biking for a good couple years now and I recently have gotten a hankering to explore and travel some decent distances whether on gravel, fire roads or pavement. Have done some basic research and determined that I need something like cyclocross or merely with wider distance between forks to at least run some more meaty tires. I have been cruising CL for a week or two now and just need some final confirmation on which bike to pull the trigger on. I do not have any experience with a road cockpit so I want to make sure I pick a bike I can gain experience with. I am 5'-11.5" with 36" inseam.. so fit 56-59cm.
First option is a ($600) 2012 Kona Jake the Snake that the fellow built frame up. It is running some older technology with the ultegra and a side jump with the Shimano RS21 rims. https://kansascity.craigslist.org/bik/6093326702.html
Second option is a ($500) 2016 Specialized Diverge A1 Subcompact which is in the lower range of my size and also on the dot in regards to my budget. I have read that with the Diverge - I will be limited on which rims to run, has less tire clearance (30mm max), plus some no name disc brakes. https://topeka.craigslist.org/bik/6079936447.html
Have I found good options, or should I just keep looking?
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The Kona is way too high priced. It's a 2012 frame, but the components are 9-speed Ultegra which dates from 1997-2005.
His "upgrades" are actually downgrades, since the entire drivetrain is worse than the bike came stock with. That's a $300-400 bike at most.

Get the Diverge or look for something else if it doesn't fit.
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Gonna look at the Diverge later this week. $500 + a set of hardly used tires.
I love the Kona frame, but I just really can not get myself to pick up that bike given the ultegra.
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Price excluded- Between the 2 i would say Kona.

The kona maybe 9sp ultegra, but that stuff is fantastic. Its really solid and i have it on a road bike still. I care less about how old a drivetrain is and care more about its condition. A 9sp Ultegra drivetrain could be absolutely fantastic, even if its old gen.

30mm tires is pretty flippin useless to me on gravel. I have been to the greater KC area and WCentral MO areas a lot and can aay with certainty that 30mm tires would frustrate me there.

I would want a 40mm tire at least and the ability to go wider, but a min of 40mm. If the Kona can do that, cool.


As for price, the kona is listed for $750 not $600. Its stupidly high at $750 and too high at $600.

The specalized is so useless in my eyes that price isnt even worth discussing. Its a Claris drivetrain too which is many steps down from a 9sp ultegra drivetrain to me. Ive used both.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Price excluded- Between the 2 i would say Kona.

The kona maybe 9sp ultegra, but that stuff is fantastic. Its really solid and i have it on a road bike still. I care less about how old a drivetrain is and care more about its condition. A 9sp Ultegra drivetrain could be absolutely fantastic, even if its old gen.

30mm tires is pretty flippin useless to me on gravel. I have been to the greater KC area and WCentral MO areas a lot and can aay with certainty that 30mm tires would frustrate me there.

I would want a 40mm tire at least and the ability to go wider, but a min of 40mm. If the Kona can do that, cool.


As for price, the kona is listed for $750 not $600. Its stupidly high at $750 and too high at $600.

The specalized is so useless in my eyes that price isnt even worth discussing. Its a Claris drivetrain too which is many steps down from a 9sp ultegra drivetrain to me. Ive used both.
The prices I listed are after haggling. I have talked to each seller and gotten to their lowest selling point. I really want the Kona, but the $600 price point is a good $100 higher than what it should be.
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Originally Posted by sillykumquat View Post
The prices I listed are after haggling. I have talked to each seller and gotten to their lowest selling point. I really want the Kona, but the $600 price point is a good $100 higher than what it should be.
Give the Kona seller your best offer and contact info and keep looking. As the weeks pass the seller will likely get more motivated to accept. Getting good used bikes on CL at good prices often requires either lightning reflexes or extreme patience.
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