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Considering this Marin Tiburon ALP for $385. Good idea?

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Considering this Marin Tiburon ALP for $385. Good idea?

Hello y'all,

I'm seeking more opinions whether this would be a good bicycle to buy since I'm still sort of a newb. I want to commute with it in Olympia, WA (hilly & rainy) but also potentially take it out on fun gravel trails. I've only ridden steel frames in the past.

Is $385 much?

I can't post a link yet :/ but here is the Craigslist below:

"This bike is around 8-9 years old and was $1,600 new and rides like the fast expensive bikes that are thousands. It's super lite and ready to ride now. If you're looking to save some money and want a fast bike with good components this is the bike for you. The paint looks good for the age, just had a tuneup and has new rear brake pads and new tires. $385 firm, cash only"

This riding position is very comfy for the Seattle to Portland bike race.

Small road bike

Fork: Carbon
Wheels and Tires
Hubs: Shimano WH-R535
Rims: Shimano WH-R535, 16-hole
Tires: 700 x 28c Hutchinson Excel
Spoke Brand: Shimano stainless steel
Components
Brakeset: Avid Shorty 6 brakes, Shimano levers
Shift Levers: Shimano SL-R440
Crankset: Shimano 105 Triple, 32/42/52 teeth
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-5500, 118.5mm spindle
BB Shell Width: 68mm English
Rear Cogs: 9-speed, 11 - 32 teeth
Seatpost: Ovation aluminum micro-adjust, 27.0mm diameter
Saddle: Ovation aluminum
Handlebar: Ovation 2014 Aluminum flat bar
Handlebar Stem: Ovation aluminum
Headset: 1 1/8inch threadless FSA Orbit DL

Thank you for the advice.
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https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/b...305874255.html

It's nothing particularly exciting but it is a solid bike and would make a great commuter. Is $385 too much? That would be the high end of its worth in my neck of the woods but I don't know the bike market in your area. I gotta think you could do better, but maybe not much. Are you loyal to any brand? Hate any brand? Have you ever ridden a hybrid before?
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Thank you for posting the link for me

I'm loyal to Bianchi because it was my first love; was interested in All City for a bit but they are terribly expensive; I've only ridden steel frame road bikes (including fixie) but want to try something new. The CL market sort of sucks around here especially for a shortcake like me (5'4"). I used to live in Austin, TX and there was a pretty good market there. What would make a find exciting?

I, too, feel that I could do better than $385 but I'm dying to hit the road soon.

Any suggestions for a new bicycle, then? Say I have a budget of $600 max
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Originally Posted by luigivampa
Thank you for posting the link for me

I'm loyal to Bianchi because it was my first love; was interested in All City for a bit but they are terribly expensive; I've only ridden steel frame road bikes (including fixie) but want to try something new. The CL market sort of sucks around here especially for a shortcake like me (5'4"). I used to live in Austin, TX and there was a pretty good market there. What would make a find exciting?

I, too, feel that I could do better than $385 but I'm dying to hit the road soon.

Any suggestions for a new bicycle, then? Say I have a budget of $600 max
New at $600 would be tough but there are some really good deals for hybrids on eBay and $600 would buy you a nice one there. If you're not dead set on a flat bar hybrid I've seen good deals on used cyclocross bikes for $600ish. For example, I saw a Fuji Jari 1.3(I think) for $600 on Facebook. Then there is also the corporate deals on Raleigh and Diamondback you could sign up for and use, that's what I did.

edit: All that being said, if the Marin ticks all your boxes and you're itching to get on the road soon then $385 isn't too much at all.
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Originally Posted by shoota
New at $600 would be tough but there are some really good deals for hybrids on eBay and $600 would buy you a nice one there. If you're not dead set on a flat bar hybrid I've seen good deals on used cyclocross bikes for $600ish. For example, I saw a Fuji Jari 1.3(I think) for $600 on Facebook. Then there is also the corporate deals on Raleigh and Diamondback you could sign up for and use, that's what I did.

edit: All that being said, if the Marin ticks all your boxes and you're itching to get on the road soon then $385 isn't too much at all.
I guess spending more than $400 on a bicycle seems appalling to me but I just gotta get with the program. Thanks for your kindly advice.
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I guess spending more than $400 on a bicycle seems appalling to me but I just gotta get with the program. Thanks for your kindly advice.
HA, don't ask any of us here how much we have in our bikes then lol.
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HA, don't ask any of us here how much we have in our bikes then lol.
Wow, I spent the day doing some research and I finally understand that $1000 is still considered entry-level. Given that I've only ever bought beater bicycles in the past I think it's time to take the plunge.

A few "adventure" / commuter / gravel house names I'm now familiar with: Fuji Jari, Fuji Touring, Raleigh Willard 2, Masi Giramondo, etc.

I'm also familiar with the Raleigh corporate discount now and the 2017 Tamland 1 is lookin' real nice. But what I really want is a Fuji; having trouble deciding between a Jari and a Touring. Also, steel or aluminum?

What are your thoughts, shoota?
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Originally Posted by luigivampa
Wow, I spent the day doing some research and I finally understand that $1000 is still considered entry-level. Given that I've only ever bought beater bicycles in the past I think it's time to take the plunge.

A few "adventure" / commuter / gravel house names I'm now familiar with: Fuji Jari, Fuji Touring, Raleigh Willard 2, Masi Giramondo, etc.

I'm also familiar with the Raleigh corporate discount now and the 2017 Tamland 1 is lookin' real nice. But what I really want is a Fuji; having trouble deciding between a Jari and a Touring. Also, steel or aluminum?

What are your thoughts, shoota?
I would add Kona Jake the Snake, Cannondale CAADX, and many other cross bikes to your list. Especially aluminum since they typically have better attachments for bags and racks. But honestly if you spend $1000 or just a little under you are going to get a great bike, and there is nothing wrong with steel. Once you get to that level, the features that matter to you, and fit, are the most important factors to consider. Is it hilly where you live? Because CX bikes typically don't have as much range in gearing as touring and adventure bikes.
Oh and add the Jamis Renegade series to your list, they are awesome.
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