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Old 03-17-21, 09:01 AM
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What do you guys think of this deal?

I have been looking to buy a CX bike and found this.

Focus CX Mares Rival. Bike looks like new. The CL ad expired so I dont have the link, but he still has it for sale.


$1900, what do you think?


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It got a positive review from Bicycling, if that counts for anything: https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear...ut-in-a-crowd/
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If it has nice wheels - than definitely worth it.
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This would be one that is easily eliminated as a good deal if it doesnt fit. The largest size frame has a stack height of 579mm and 405mm of reach,
https://www.focus-bikes.com/int/45944-mares-rival-1#

There is no way anyone here can say if its a good deal or not since the pic you show is just a stock pic from the internet. Component and frame condition is really important. Its a $3000 retail bike from 5 years ago so it could be trashed or it could be unridden and thats a significant difference.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
This would be one that is easily eliminated as a good deal if it doesnt fit. The largest size frame has a stack height of 579mm and 405mm of reach,
https://www.focus-bikes.com/int/45944-mares-rival-1#

There is no way anyone here can say if its a good deal or not since the pic you show is just a stock pic from the internet. Component and frame condition is really important. Its a $3000 retail bike from 5 years ago so it could be trashed or it could be unridden and thats a significant difference.
I checked the components, it's all stock, all SRAM Rival with DT Swiss wheels. Bike looks exactly like the photo.
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Originally Posted by OddJack
I checked the components, it's all stock, all SRAM Rival with DT Swiss wheels. Bike looks exactly like the photo.
That could be better since the stock bike came with some Alex rims, based on the web spec page. If the wheels are nicer, thats certainly a plus. DT makes a lot of levels of wheels though.
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Originally Posted by Rolla
It got a positive review from Bicycling, if that counts for anything: https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear...ut-in-a-crowd/
Then again, have you ever seen a negative bike eview from Bicycling?
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Then again, have you ever seen a negative bike review from Bicycling?
Yeah, that's why I questioned whether it means anything. But they do offer a few useful insights, like how the low stack height required 30mm of stem spacers and that the handling is better suited to wide courses than tight. IMO, there's no downside to collecting information, whether it comes from Bicycling or a stranger on the Internet.
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Originally Posted by Rolla
Yeah, that's why I questioned whether it means anything. But they do offer a few useful insights, like how the low stack height required 30mm of stem spacers and that the handling is better suited to wide courses than tight. IMO, there's no downside to collecting information, whether it comes from Bicycling or a stranger on the Internet.
Yes, I had read that article before I posted here.

My question was not about the quality or if it's a good fit for what I want, rather the price. From what I have found the price is reasonable. I have found similar bikes sold on eBay for around the same price.
I think I will pick it up tomorrow.
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If the bike is in good condition I'd say it's a pretty solid deal. It's hard to tell without seeing the actual bike though!
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