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Old 03-28-07, 08:47 AM
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The latest, "Is this bike a good deal?" thread

Howdy folks,

I'm considering getting a road bike after years of being away from them (I commute every day on a mtb). I'm looking at this deal from local craigslist:

"2005 Raleigh Supercourse 53 CM Bicycle, $650. Great starter Road Bicycle. Has two computers, VDO with wireless Cadence, and Cateye wired. This Bike retailed new at 1400.00. The bicycle has about 3500 miles road miles. Shimano 105 mix components. New Bonracer tires."

Other than what the current owner has changed, here's the description of the original specs for the bike:

Frame: Atomic 13 R w/Carbon wishbone seatstays
Fork: Kinesis Carbon Road
Crankset: Truvativ Elita A1 30/42/52t
Bottom Bracket: Truvativ ISIS
F. Derailleur: Shimano 105 FD-5504
R. Derailleur: Shimano ULTEGRA RD-6600GS
Shift Lever: Shimano 105 ST-5500
Brake Levers: Shimano 105
Brakes: Tektro
Cog Set: 9spd HG50 (12-25t) Shimano Ultegra/Truvativ 27 Speed
Rims: Alex AT400
Tires: Vittoria Rubino 23c
Pedals: Test Ride Pedals
Handlebar: Ritchey Logic Comp
Stem: Ritchey OE 4-Bolt 31.8
Seatpost: Raleigh Carbon Wrap/CP Head
Saddle: Avenir SRS Road
Headset: Ritchey Logic Comp Zero Stack
Colors: Union Red/Carbon, Satin Finish
Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra / Truvativ 27 Speed
Chain: KMC Z9000
Hubset: 28h Joytech Sealed
Spokes: 14G Stainless Black
Grips: Raleigh
Seatpost Clamp: MX-36-RT-CP

I'm planning to use this for fair-weather commuting (so I don't have to mount fenders on it) and local club and charity rides (25-100 miles).

Thanks in advance for any input....
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It may have retailed for $1400, but it certainly didn't sell for that. $650 is high for a used entry level bike - other than a couple components, it's pretty much comparable to a lot of new bikes selling for the same.
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Hate to be a Bikes Direct shill, but you can come pretty close to that bike, new, from BD for $650.

It would have to be in pristine condition, before I'd go close to $650.
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My wife has that same bike--same year and size, even. She paid $900 for it and likes it a lot. Retail for it at the time was $1100. Even the Alex wheels have held up well (under her 125 pounds). She's done a century and a couple of MS 150's comfortably. $650 might be a bit high, but I think Raleighs are underrated.
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It's not a great deal, but one wouldn't be ripped off either at that price. Just make sure that a 53cm is the size you need. Sizing is #1 in looking for a new bike.
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$650 is too high. You may check eBay and do an advanced search by ended auctions. My personal opinion is it's more likely to sell used well under $500.
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Its, my new Nashbar flyer lists a Iron Horse Excelsior COmp, 06, on sale at $699. Has carbon fork/seat stays, Shimano 105 10 spd. drivetrain (including shifters), and Shimano wheelset. You should be able to find a Nashbar coupon for another 10-20% off. Performance also shows a Scattante R560 triple with 105 for $899. You can then use one of their 20% off coupons to get it down to the low $700. range and still pick up the Performance points. There are quite a few Scattante riders here and they all seem pleased. I'm a fan of my local Performance bike shop as they include lifetime free tunes/adjustments too.
www.nashbar.com and www.performancebike.com A MUST in my opinion: test ride before buying!
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