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Old 09-28-10, 10:18 AM
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Which bike?

I am new to this cycling stuff, and I am very interested in getting a bike to start getting some good workouts in with it. Probably won't be doing any serious races or anything, mainly something to ride on the weekends for some exercise. Anyways, since I really know nothing about bikes I'm here to get your opinions on a couple of bikes I'm looking at.

The first one is the Scattante at the link below. I emailed the guy and the bike is my size, so obviously that's the most important thing. I believe this is a $600 bike when purchased new, which it seems to be pretty close to new yet.

https://dayton.craigslist.org/bik/1977771559.html

The other bike is this Cannondale. The guy is pretty vague in his description, and didn't even give a size or model. I emailed him requesting this information but no response yet. Is anyone able to identify this model? All I know is Cannondale has a good reputation and it's cheap at $60.

https://dayton.craigslist.org/bik/1977098136.html

Any input you guys have is very much appreciated. Like I said I know nothing about bikes, which is why I'm here trying to get your opinions!
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Old 09-28-10, 10:24 AM
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keep on looking unless the cannondale has 700c tires then get it. i bet you could clean that bike up nicely.
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Old 09-28-10, 10:33 AM
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No matter what the price. If the frame is the wrong size for you you will be unhappy with cycling and is the same thing as putting your $ in a pile and lighting it on fire.
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Yeah the size thing is one of the few things I actually do understand. The Scattante is my size, and I feel like it's priced fairly attractively at $300. Just hoping to get some outside opinions on the bike and what others think about the price he is asking.

Regarding the Cannondale I asked the seller what the size was and have not received a response as of yet. I will not buy it if it's not my size unless those of you that know more about this bike than I do say that it's a great deal. Then maybe I will buy it and try and sell it for a quick little profit.
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Old 09-28-10, 10:52 AM
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From the photo's, if the Scattante is your size, I don't think the Cannondale will be. It looks smaller than the Scattante. I believe there should be a serial number on one of the seat or chain stays that will give the year made and the frame size if you can get the seller to find it and give it to you.
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Old 09-30-10, 08:02 PM
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OK guys, I think I've settled on a bike. Going to check it out and probably purchase it this weekend. I would love to hear your thoughts on it though since you guys know far more than me about bikes.

The bike is a 2000 Raleigh R500. It has all of the Tiagra components on it. I can't find a ton of info on this bike, but what I did find was that it is an ok entry level bike. It has newer tires and new handlebar tape. It also has an aluminum frame. Red in color. Could anyone explain the advantages or disadvantages of an aluminum frame over steel? I know carbon is another option, but not one I'm really considering since this will be more of a recreational type of hobby for me. I assume aluminum is lighter but a little less durable, is this accurate?

BTW, he is asking $325. According to bikepedia the bike's initial MSRP in 2000 was $700. Do you think this is a fair price?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm just a little nervous about my first road bike purchase, especially since I don't have a ton of cash right now. Thanks for all the help!
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I would try to get him down a little. Check out ebay too - sometimes you can get some great deals.

People are going to say it's the design of the frame that makes comfort, and not the material. But in my opinion, I think steel gives a smoother, more comfortable ride. That's solely based on my experience of riding alu vs. steel bikes. My Ritchey rides like a carpet!
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The fork is steel which lowers the price slightly. With a CF fork, that price would be typical. Benchmark in this area is a aluminum bike with entry level brifters and CF fork sells for around $300. If the Raleigh is a good fit and you really like it, buy it if it's in good condition. At that price, it's more important to buy a bike and start riding.
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Thanks for the input. I like the idea of offering $300. Here are the pictures. The wheelset in the pictures does not come with the bike. He is putting the original wheelset back on it.







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Is that a giant scratch on the top tube near the seat tube?
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I believe it's a logo or decal, but it's hard to tell since the pictures suck.

Here is the information I have on the bike:

Frame Tubing Material: 7005 aluminum
Fork Material: 4130 chromoly, aero crown

Components:
Component Group: Shimano Tiagra
Brakeset: Shimano Sora Dual Pivot brakes, Shimano Tiagra STI levers
Shift Levers: Shimano Tiagra STI
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra, bottom-pull/clamp-on 31.8mm
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra GS
Crankset: Shimano Tiagra, 30/42/52 teeth
Pedals: Aluminum cage w/clips & straps
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-LP27, 118mm spindle
Rear Cogs: 9-speed, 13 - 25 teeth
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OK guys, another bike is now in the picture. I am still considering the Raleigh from the above post, and he lowered his price to $300.

The other bike I am now considering is a 2010 Scattante R-330. It comes with a trip computer and head and tail lights. Both bikes are my size. He wants $400 for the Scattante, said back in May he bought it brand new along with the trip computer and lights, and it was $700 after tax and everything. So $400 seems like a pretty good deal to me.

I like that the Scattante is nearly brand new, but as I stated earlier I don't know much about bikes. If anyone could help point out the differences between these two bikes and which bike you would be leaning towards in my shoes I would appreciate it.
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Originally Posted by hodge23 View Post
OK guys, another bike is now in the picture. I am still considering the Raleigh from the above post, and he lowered his price to $300.

The other bike I am now considering is a 2010 Scattante R-330. It comes with a trip computer and head and tail lights. Both bikes are my size. He wants $400 for the Scattante, said back in May he bought it brand new along with the trip computer and lights, and it was $700 after tax and everything. So $400 seems like a pretty good deal to me.

I like that the Scattante is nearly brand new, but as I stated earlier I don't know much about bikes. If anyone could help point out the differences between these two bikes and which bike you would be leaning towards in my shoes I would appreciate it.
Get the Scat; I think it is about as good as a bike you will get for $400 without resorting to Ebay. And contrary to what most others state, I think the Shimano Sora stuff works very well.
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