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Is this a good deal?

Old 10-08-16, 09:28 AM
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Is this a good deal?

Hi, I found this (https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/5816179527.html) bike for sale and i was wondering what you guys think about it. I need a bike to do the ms150 (a 150 mile marathon with a lot of hills) . Im 5'11'' is this a good bike for me? Is it a good deal? When was it made? Will it last? Is it really carbon fiber?
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looks a little big for 5'11", but without getting on it it's gonna be hard to tell, but would probably work for your purposes. That's a reputable brand and yes it looks like carbon fiber.

others will weigh in and even search Houston craigslist for you and make a recommendation
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider
others will weigh in and even search Houston craigslist for you and make a recommendation
well if anyone does my budget is 200-300$

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https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/5811235442.html

this one looks nice, could offer 300
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That is antique for CF, about 2000. Looks OK. Threaded headset, tires are shot.
Go try it out.
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If it fit I would buy it ... if also, there were no obvious issues.

"Is this a good deal" is a pretty hard question to answer, because it depends on how each specific bike fits each specific rider, it depends on the state of components which cannot be discerned over the Internet, it depends on the history of that particular bike (did the guy rise it for a while and get bored, or did he crash hard and parked it for ten years because it made strange creaking noises?)

If the bike is in good shape, if the bike Fits you (most important) and if you feel competent to repair or replace whatever needs it, and if you trust the seller ... it Could be a good deal.

The bike seems to have been well cared-for .... nothing scratched, frayed, bent, nothing too dirty or greasy. Also, because kestrel was not a common frame that long ago (looks to be a very old bike, early days of CF) it is likely the guy wanted This bike, knew what he wanted, and wanted to ride it ... not something someone bought just to bang around on, not caring much about it. This increases the odds that the bike hasn't been abused.

I'd offer $225 and be ready to bargain ... or maybe go in, and if the bike really spoke to me, hold out $260 or $270 cash and say, "This is all I brought ... take it or leave it."

Equally, if I felt the frame was just a little bit too big and I'd have to compromise to ride it ... when shopping for a bike it is really easy to get over-enthusiastic and assume you could adjust, only to find out a year later that you haven't ridden the bike in a year because it was always just half-an-inch too long and was never comfortable to ride.

EDIT: i did some looking and it could be a 1991-1998 Kestrel 200SCi ... it looks like they went to threadless headsets around the turn of the century.

https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/9179...cttofirstphoto
https://www.bikepedia.com/Quickbike/B...del=200SCI+(02)
https://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/frames...20_119crx.aspx
https://classiccycleus.com/home/1991-kestrel-200sc/

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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider
https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/5811235442.html

this one looks nice, could offer 300
This looks better. Wider gear range, newer components.
Bike in original post may need lower gearing for the planned ride.
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