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Iron Horse Bike

Old 03-27-13, 06:36 PM
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Iron Horse Bike

http://orlando.craigslist.org/bik/3705119598.html

This caught my eye is it woth that.I heard iron horse bikes were decent bikes.But the company had filed for bankrupcy in 2009..Anyone know about these?
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Old 03-27-13, 06:49 PM
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In my area, Iron Horse was sold by big box stores. I friend had one which only lasted a couple years. That said, for the price if you're just looking for something to beat around town, it may be a good purchase.

If you want something that will last longer and better quality, you may want to keep looking.
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Old 03-27-13, 07:07 PM
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The component mix on that bike makes me uneasy. Matrix rims were sold exclusively on Trek bikes, and the saddle, seatpost, headset and stem are likely not original either. THe problem with that type of thing is that it is more common on stolen bikes.

Also, that looks to be a small frame and likely good for someone 5'6" or under.

Ironhorse did and still does make good bikes. But they also make an astonishing number of astonishingly crappy bikes and always have. The brand makes little difference anyways because all modern bikes are made by the same handful of Chinese contract manufacturers. I don't think Iron Horse ever made their own bikes - always contacted out to other companies.

Also the chain is rusty, which is an indicator of poor maintenance.
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Old 03-27-13, 07:44 PM
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Iron Horse originally was a small company on Long Island---I think Centereach or some place out there. They sold some decent bikes for short money up until they went bankrupt. I think their frames were built in Taiwan. Then one of the big players---I think Pacific Cycle---bought the name and turned it into a Wally World special. I don't think that they make road bikes any more.

Back around 2007, you could get an Excelsior Race with full Ultegra and a standard crank for about $1300.
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Old 03-27-13, 08:02 PM
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I will take what you guys say as law..If its no more than a big box store bike..It won't last long..I can pass on that one..
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Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier View Post
The component mix on that bike makes me uneasy. Matrix rims were sold exclusively on Trek bikes, and the saddle, seatpost, headset and stem are likely not original either. THe problem with that type of thing is that it is more common on stolen bikes.

Also, that looks to be a small frame and likely good for someone 5'6" or under.

Ironhorse did and still does make good bikes. But they also make an astonishing number of astonishingly crappy bikes and always have. The brand makes little difference anyways because all modern bikes are made by the same handful of Chinese contract manufacturers. I don't think Iron Horse ever made their own bikes - always contacted out to other companies.

Also the chain is rusty, which is an indicator of poor maintenance.
Not anymore, they don't.. I just looked at their website, and the highest end bike they have to offer, uses a suntour/shimano acera mix. Well, their line ends where the lower end LBS bikes begin.
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Looks like a Wal*Mart bike to me..... (I used to live within walking distance of Centereach...and I never heard of this company!)
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Originally Posted by MetalPedaler View Post
Looks like a Wal*Mart bike to me..... (I used to live within walking distance of Centereach...and I never heard of this company!)
I'm sorry. I just looked it up. They were in Islandia, not Centereach. Last model year seems to have been 2006 for the Excelsior Race.


Spec'd pretty nicely, too, for an entry level race/crit bike. Full Ultegra (including brakes) except for a FSA Gossamer crank, Ritchey DS wheels, and a Selle Italia saddle, all standard.
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Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
I'm sorry. I just looked it up. They were in Islandia, not Centereach. Last model year seems to have been 2006 for the Excelsior Race.


Spec'd pretty nicely, too, for an entry level race/crit bike. Full Ultegra (including brakes) except for a FSA Gossamer crank, Ritchey DS wheels, and a Selle Italia saddle, all standard.
'Course I wasn't into cycling at the time... I hadn't heard of Trek, either.....
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