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Fair Market Value - Used Gunnar Roadie with Ultegra?

Old 08-05-10, 04:05 PM
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Fair Market Value - Used Gunnar Roadie with Ultegra?

I'm looking at a used Gunnar Roadie with Ultegra components and Mavic XP21 wheels. Frame/components have normal wear. I'm trying to determine what might be a fair purchase price. Thank you for your thoughts!
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My rule of thumb: value of a used, complete semi-custom bike + quality components is roughly equal to the price of a new frameset.

More or less, based on condition.
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
My rule of thumb: value of a used, complete semi-custom bike + quality components is roughly equal to the price of a new frameset.

More or less, based on condition.
How did you come up with that?
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Old 08-05-10, 07:40 PM
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How old is the bike? If it's fairly recent it probably cost about $2K when new. A new Gunnar frame now is about $800, I think, plus the fork.
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I recently got a nice year old Gunnar frame and fork for about half the new cost. I think the components should be worth somewhat less than half since they are subject to wear.
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Frame is an 01 and hasn't been ridden at all in the past 4 years. My guess is bike has less than 6K miles.
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Heads up! Gunnar did a major change in their Roadie frames around 2005, definitely by 2006. In 2001 it would have been 853 tubing, a traditional geometry, and take a 1" steer tube; by 2005 it would be a combination of True Temper OX and 853 (called "OS2" by Gunnar), a semi-compact geometry and take a 1 1/8 steer tube. If you look at the Gunnar website today you'll see the same geometry used in 2005 but not in 2001.

You can double check the year by looking at the serial number. The first letter is the month of production the next two digits are the year.

I used to have a 56cm 2003 Roadie, like the frame you're looking at, and now I have a 56cm 2009 Roadie and in my opinion the changes to geometry and frame materials made a very noticeable difference. The 2009 is quicker and handles better due, I think, to the lower center of gravity. Also, I really like the whole "semi-compact" idea.

Given that the frame is pushing 10 years old and is of a design and materials that isn't used anymore, I'd guess that one of those frames in outstanding condition would still be lucky to fetch $300 on ebay, probably less. Steel frames are hard to sell on a good day. With old Ultegra 9spd kit, and even with what I assume is a decent carbon fork, I still wouldn't go over $600.

Also, given your location, I'd take a very close look at the frame for rust. Find out if anyone has ever sprayed the frame with Framesaver. I treated my frames even though the humidity here is commonly in the single digits (okay, it's overkill, I know, but nothing wrong with a little preventative maintenance.)

If it was me, I'd look for a post 2005 frame, but availability where are may be limited. From the seller's perspective, though, I'm guessing that the availability of buyers is limited too.

Good luck. Be sure to tell us how it all works out.
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