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Is this worth it? im a noob :P

Old 11-02-10, 07:55 AM
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Is this worth it? im a noob :P

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/2036893476.html

The shoes even fit me!

im sure i could talk him down a hundred bucks also lol.

but is that a good bike?
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Seems kind of pricey to me. It's got 9-speed Ultegra, which isn't bad, but most everything now is 10 speed. Plus, it's not complete Ultegra - that looks like a Truvativ crankset.

Not only that, the guy is totally overstating the original bike price. IIRC, the 2004 F35, which was 9-speed Dura Ace, retailed for about $2,100.

It's hard to tell what kind of shape it is in from the photos, but $500 seems like a more fair price to me.
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IMO $700 - $800 seems like a fair price, meaning that it is equitable for both buyer and seller. Sure its not the latest and greatest but still pretty new technology. Sure I'd like to get it for $500, and that IMO would be a steal. You can sometimes "steal" things on Craigslist, but you have to be patient.
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No idea of the market in Atlanta but in the SF Bay Area that would be only an 'eh' deal. The retail on the bike was $1670 so keep that in mind. I probably wouldn't pay any more than $600 max for it if it's in great condition but I'm willing to wait. Minimal 'general' rule for used bikes above 2-3 years old... never pay more than 50% retail then take off 10% for every year past that... or something.
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i think it is worth
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700, no higher.
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i talked him down to 700.

also what are the pedals shoes and cateye worth?
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no, stay away from a triple chainring. if you need climbing gears, get a bike with a compact
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I don't know, the thing is 6 years old. How many miles? Was it crashed?
I would much rather pay a little extra and get a brand new 2010 or even 2009 close-out, but that's just me.
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...also what are the pedals shoes and cateye worth?

About $200 new at retail. Actually, it depends on the Cannondale shoe model but I'm assuming the lowest end. If in good condition, used, maybe $100 or a bit less.
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no, stay away from a triple chainring. if you need climbing gears, get a bike with a compact
why is the triple not good for climbing?
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Look i dont know anything about triple, compact and all that kind of stuff.

im an avid Mountain Biker that is moving to chicago and needs a road bike..

for 700 bucks will this bike do me good for a while?

also i googled all the stuff he said came with it and the cat eye is a bout 100 bucks, the pedals are about 100 bucks and the shoes are 150... thats not bad.


so all im wondering is, will this thing do me good, and hold up for a while. Also is it a good bike? just in general is it a pretty nice bike?
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it's fine, it's good, yes.
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it's fine, it's good, yes.
thank you very much
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it's not fine, it's not good, no.
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Originally Posted by Johnny Law View Post
Look i dont know anything about triple, compact and all that kind of stuff.

im an avid Mountain Biker that is moving to chicago and needs a road bike..

for 700 bucks will this bike do me good for a while?

also i googled all the stuff he said came with it and the cat eye is a bout 100 bucks, the pedals are about 100 bucks and the shoes are 150... thats not bad.


so all im wondering is, will this thing do me good, and hold up for a while. Also is it a good bike? just in general is it a pretty nice bike?
Where are you in the realm of South of Atlanta? I'm in Newnan. PM me if your near by and we can ride sometime.
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Originally Posted by Johnny Law View Post
for 700 bucks will this bike do me good for a while?

also i googled all the stuff he said came with it and the cat eye is a bout 100 bucks, the pedals are about 100 bucks and the shoes are 150... thats not bad.


so all im wondering is, will this thing do me good, and hold up for a while. Also is it a good bike? just in general is it a pretty nice bike?
I think that Moto might have been expressing a prejudice towards a simpler, easier to keep adjusted, slightly lighter alternative with 2 rings instead of 3, but if you are riding an MTB you probably know that a triple is not all that bad.

I was thinking the computer was a cheaper Cateye Vectra model which sells for about $40 on line. If this one retails for $100 it must be a Strada Double - nice.

Bottom line, if the shoes and the pedals are something you would be buying anyway, you can think of it as buying the bike for less than $500. In my opinion, not a bike that you would be sorry you bought.
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Bottom line, if the shoes and the pedals are something you would be buying anyway, you can think of it as buying the bike for less than $500. In my opinion, not a bike that you would be sorry you bought.
exactly.
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why is the triple not good for climbing?
it's fine for climbing, actually it's better for climbing. i just prefer doubles...less shifting, lighter, less cross chaining
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Originally Posted by Steve Katzman View Post
I think that Moto might have been expressing a prejudice towards a simpler, easier to keep adjusted, slightly lighter alternative with 2 rings instead of 3, but if you are riding an MTB you probably know that a triple is not all that bad.

I was thinking the computer was a cheaper Cateye Vectra model which sells for about $40 on line. If this one retails for $100 it must be a Strada Double - nice.

Bottom line, if the shoes and the pedals are something you would be buying anyway, you can think of it as buying the bike for less than $500. In my opinion, not a bike that you would be sorry you bought.
thank you very much.
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...less shifting... less chaining...
That really depends on the rider (normal speeds for common terrain). If you spend most of your time riding right around the speeds at which you have to switch from the big ring to the small ring, a triple would fill in that middle area so you can shift rings less. If you spend more time at the upper or lower ends of the middle ring, a compact would let you be happy with one side and shift rings less. Since there are more combinations with a triple, you have less reason to cross shift as you do on a compact, especially if they both have about the same range.
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A friend of mine got a Felt F35 with a few upgrades, but only ridden once for $700, which I thought was a great deal. Since the guy will go $700, it comes with shoes that fit you, nice pedals and some extras, I think it's a great setup for a newer rider who doesn't yet have a refined preference. This bike could be all you'll ever need, or it will get you by until you buy that $2500 bike 1-3 years down the road. Do it!
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Originally Posted by makeitso5005 View Post
pay more than 50% retail then take off 10% for every year past that... or something.
So after 10 years old they are free!!!! Awesome!
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Six year old carbon...I wouldn't buy it for more than $400. There are way better deals out there.
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Originally Posted by lpolliard View Post
Six year old carbon...I wouldn't buy it for more than $400. There are way better deals out there.
I think only the seat stays and fork are carbon...

OP-Go and ride the bike. Then if you like the bike, make an offer. I would also test ride a new 105 or Ultegra bike to check the condition/adjustment of the components on this bike. To me a triple is a pain unless you have very large hills in your area.

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