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Giant TCR once 2000, campagnolo mirage

Old 05-12-21, 06:47 AM
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Giant TCR once 2000, campagnolo mirage

Hey everyone,

I want to start cycling but I don't have a great budget as I am a poor student. I was looking for second-hand bicycles when I came across a Giant TCR once from 2000 with a Campagnolo mirage groupset for 250 Euros. Is this a good purchase in 2021? I have heard that the mirage groupset is not the most impressive groupset and it is of course quite old already. The frame however seems to have a good reputation so I am slightly insecure about whether to purchase this bicycle or not. I am hoping for some more expert advice .

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Old 05-12-21, 09:28 AM
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Most of us here won't be able to accurately assess the bike markets there in Europe.

With any used bike, if you aren't able to do all your own maintenance, including changing out the chainset, chain and cassette or freewheel, then used bikes might get expensive if they were poorly maintained.

So unless you already know everything there is to know about bike maintenance, then make certain everything on any used bike you consider for purchase works perfectly.

And tires too. A good pair of tires will easily be €80 to €90 making that 250 bike turn suddenly into a 340 bike. And that doesn't include tubes and labor.
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Ah I'm so sorry I didn't realise the geographical difference. Luckily I have some biking fanatic friends who are always able to help me, but I think I can manage to do a fair bit of tinkering myself. I indeed will go and look at the bike before I buy it, in general, if everything works for now and there is not too much wear on the bike. I guess ill make the purchase.
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Whether it’s a “good buy” depends on a lot of stuff we don’t know and only you can answer, but the bike in question is definitely a cool bike, and as far as 21 year old bikes go, as modern as they come. The TCR changed the world when it showed up in the TdF in ‘98 with Team Once, ushering in the era of compact geometry. I’d love to have one for the historical interest.

You should be able to maintain and replace parts as necessary without much issue, but I wouldn’t think that putting money into it to upgrade the bike closer to current standards makes better sense than putting the money up front to get a newer bike in the first place, but again, it depends on your particular circumstances, means and desires.
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