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Buying A New Bike

Old 06-02-08, 06:12 PM
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Buying A New Bike

Hello everyone, I've been getting into cycling in the past few months but I have been using a Marin which is way to small for me. It's a great bike, but the size just isn't going to work. I've been looking around for used bikes (because money is tight, and I don't have anything against buying used) and I've come across a find that I would like to know more about. Its a Cannondale R4000......but it's from 1998. How weary of this bike should I be? The asking price is $600, its full Dura Ace, and should fit me. The age is troubling though, how much of a factor will it play? Would it be better to just hold off and find a deal on a newer bike?

Heres a picture: http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/3...ingbikecs5.jpg

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Old 06-04-08, 12:42 AM
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The bike looks like Dura Ace 8 speed...Not worth $600 in my opinion....I would hold off and find a deal on a newer bike.

Some deals can be had with more current componentry and frames...You have to be patient, but at the same time, because your current bike doesn't fit, you may be out of a ride for a little while.

Have you considered swapping out frames?
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I'd also hold off. Also analyze what kind of riding you'll be doing. You want to do crits, longer rides, road races, fitness rides? you dont need dura-ace or a racing bike for some of these.
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How does it ride? Will be tough to get components / replacement parts for a bike that old... also, I like a lot of vintage bikes but this one just doesn't look good (IMHO), especially with that mismatched saddle.
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