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Old 01-24-12, 04:43 PM
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Used Specialized Roubaix

I'm in the market for a road bike and I've started looking around. I came across a used, Specialized Roubaix in the LBS on consignment. They are asking $900. It is a few years old. I think its from around 2005-06? It has a full carbon frame and fork, which looks like it is in good shape, not all beat up. It has Ultegra F&R, 105 brake/shift levers and Sora brakes (he pulled off the Ultegra for another project). Not sure what they wheels are exactly, but they are Shimano of some kind. The cranks are carbon (FSA I think?). So, does that seem like a reasonable price?

My bike budget is going to be less than $1k, so I thought this sounded like a lot of bike for the $$$. Thoughts?

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No help here on if it's a good deal, but I'd ask the LBS if they take any responsibility in the structural integrity of the bike. My thoughts would be in the lines of did they did a thorough check of the carbon frame and stuff like that...
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Originally Posted by Ricanfred View Post
No help here on if it's a good deal, but I'd ask the LBS if they take any responsibility in the structural integrity of the bike. My thoughts would be in the lines of did they did a thorough check of the carbon frame and stuff like that...
Good idea.
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I think its' possible that the bike you are talking about was only $1300 or so new, MSRP. Check it out, find this exact bike on the Specialized site and see what it originally went for with OEM equipment. And, carbon cranks? I really don't think so... And, are you sure the frame is carbon?
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https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...Id=0&gold_ses=

probably north of $2,500 new if your description is accurate. The bike shop deserves to make a buck or two as well.
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Test ride!
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check it against the specialized web site!
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Old 01-24-12, 07:54 PM
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look to see if the bike is really worn / drive train. New gruppo cost approx $800. A bike that old ridden regularly is going to need a whole new bike to fix it.
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Ok, so I think I found it on the Specialized site here: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...005&spid=21474

The frame is black, bare carbon. No paint, just clear coat. The cranks are definitely carbon, as shown in the link. I'll have to take a real close look to make sure the components look to be in good shape. The differences between the new bike in the above link and this one is, as I said originally, are the wheels, shift/brake levers, and brakes. I haven't been able to find an MSRP for the 2005. Its not listed on the specialized site. I did find a couple on ebay though that sold recently around the $1k range. I think a test ride will be in order.

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Old 01-25-12, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by vwchad View Post
Ok, so I think I found it on the Specialized site here: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...005&spid=21474

The frame is black, bare carbon. No paint, just clear coat. The cranks are definitely carbon, as shown in the link. I'll have to take a real close look to make sure the components look to be in good shape. The differences between the new bike in the above link and this one is, as I said originally, are the wheels, shift/brake levers, and brakes. I haven't been able to find an MSRP for the 2005. Its not listed on the specialized site. I did find a couple on ebay though that sold recently around the $1k range. I think a test ride will be in order.
Cool beans. $2200 new according to Bikepedia https://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...uble&Type=bike
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Originally Posted by FrenchFit View Post
Cool beans. $2200 new according to Bikepedia https://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...uble&Type=bike
Ok, cool. Good to know, thanks for finding that. I'm 99% sure that is the bike. I'll probably go back a take a look at it and go for a test ride.
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id say no. its all about the warranty.
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I bought a 2006 - see my signature - and have been very happy with it. That said, i will probably not but used again because I ever up spending hundreds to replace worn components.
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Old 01-25-12, 06:28 PM
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So with your budget, you'd rather get that, instead of a brand new chromoly steel Jamis Satellite Comp, with a warranty, free repairs for 90 days, and a free fitting.

It doesn't have 105's, but it does have Tiagra for a RD, and it will still be here whenever you decide to upgrade to Ultegra!

PS.

Besides, I'd never buy used CF...

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Old 01-25-12, 06:36 PM
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I would, ok to get the carbon frame and to avoid the tiagra
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Originally Posted by echotraveler View Post
id say no. its all about the warranty.
Good point with the warranty.

Originally Posted by mtalinm View Post
I bought a 2006 - see my signature - and have been very happy with it. That said, i will probably not but used again because I ever up spending hundreds to replace worn components.
I've thought about that...... Hmmmmmm.

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So with your budget, you'd rather get that, instead of a brand new chromoly steel Jamis Satellite Comp, with a warranty, free repairs for 90 days, and a free fitting.

It doesn't have 105's, but it does have Tiagra for a RD, and it will still be here whenever you decide to upgrade to Ultegra!

PS.

Besides, I'd never buy used CF...
Well, I'm a little concerned with used CF, but I intend on giving it a close inspection if I decide this is the bike for me.

Please, enlighten me on the Jamis Satellite Comp, with a warranty, free repairs for 90 days, and a free fitting. I'm a noob, so this is why I'm hear asking questions. If there is something better for my money, then I'm all ears.



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I would, ok to get the carbon frame and to avoid the tiagra
Again, another valid point. I think you can all see why I'm asking these questions. It seems like a good deal, but there is a lot to consider. Please, keep the advice coming.
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
So with your budget, you'd rather get that, instead of a brand new chromoly steel Jamis Satellite Comp, with a warranty, free repairs for 90 days, and a free fitting.

It doesn't have 105's, but it does have Tiagra for a RD, and it will still be here whenever you decide to upgrade to Ultegra!

PS.

Besides, I'd never buy used CF...

i have a jamis (xenith comp) and i love it. they're a great company and you get a lot of bike for your money. i test-rode a satellite a while ago and it felt great.

that said...slim, why is it so important to you to convert everyone to steel? you post about that a lot. there's nothing wrong with CF, and there's nothing inherently wrong with used CF if you have a reliable history on the bike or have it checked out by someone knowledgeable. not saying one or the other is better for the OP...just saying.
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I'd say that by the time you fix it up good (with new group, etc.), you'd be getting close to $1.7-$2k mark .... why not ask the LBS about a last year model new Roubaix for a discounted price (about the same neighborhood)? Then, you'll have the peace of mind that the frame should be undamaged (no hidden damage), and comes with a manuf. warranty.
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Originally Posted by lmcq784 View Post
I'd say that by the time you fix it up good (with new group, etc.), you'd be getting close to $1.7-$2k mark .... why not ask the LBS about a last year model new Roubaix for a discounted price (about the same neighborhood)? Then, you'll have the peace of mind that the frame should be undamaged (no hidden damage), and comes with a manuf. warranty.
I certainly do plan to shop for leftovers from last year. I have a list of bikes and shops to visit over the next couple of weeks. I'm certainly not stuck on just a Roubaix. I just want to get the best fitting, riding, and equipped bike for my $$, which is why I asked specifically about this used Roubaix in this thread. It seemed like a good way to go, possibly.
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Originally Posted by lmcq784 View Post
I'd say that by the time you fix it up good (with new group, etc.), you'd be getting close to $1.7-$2k mark .... why not ask the LBS about a last year model new Roubaix for a discounted price (about the same neighborhood)? Then, you'll have the peace of mind that the frame should be undamaged (no hidden damage), and comes with a manuf. warranty.
this is what i was thinking. if the bike needs nothing replaced then it sounds like a good deal, but you can easily end up spending more on replacement parts than you did on the bike itself. take a REAL good look at every component on that thing if you are looking at possibly buying it. get the shop's opinion (if they're willing to offer one, since it's on consignment) on whether they believe anything needs to be replaced.

as an example (and a very cheap one at that), i recently picked up a 2003 Trek 1000 for my wife to get started riding on. i paid $100 for the complete bike, but have already spent $120-ish on replacement parts (FD, cables/housing, shifters, etc). but when i went to look at the bike, i KNEW i was essentially paying $100 for a frame, wheels, cassette, RD, and would be building up from there with parts i have laying around the garage, and stuff i'm finding on here, ebay, and craigslist. i'll be able to keep it in the sub-$300 range by the time it's in riding condition, which is still way cheaper than any new bike on the market, and if she ends up getting into it as much as i have then we'll get her a new bike at the end of the year and keep this one as a backup.
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Just as an update, I decided against getting the used Roubaix. It was probably going to need some work. Didn't even want to open that can of worms. So i continued my search. I visited several shops and rode quite a few different bikes. My favorite, by far, was the Felt Z series. I picked up my shiny (not really, it has flat black paint ;-) new Felt Z 85 yesterday. The shop I got it at was great. They took $100 off the bike, threw in a set of clipless pedals, and a water bottle. All of their bikes come with a free fitting, free lifetime refitting, and free tune-ups for life as well. I'm really excited to get out and ride!
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Originally Posted by vwchad View Post
Just as an update, I decided against getting the used Roubaix. It was probably going to need some work. Didn't even want to open that can of worms. So i continued my search. I visited several shops and rode quite a few different bikes. My favorite, by far, was the Felt Z series. I picked up my shiny (not really, it has flat black paint ;-) new Felt Z 85 yesterday. The shop I got it at was great. They took $100 off the bike, threw in a set of clipless pedals, and a water bottle. All of their bikes come with a free fitting, free lifetime refitting, and free tune-ups for life as well. I'm really excited to get out and ride!
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Originally Posted by gadabout007 View Post
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...Id=0&gold_ses=

probably north of $2,500 new if your description is accurate. The bike shop deserves to make a buck or two as well.
bikepedia is another good source for historical bicycle prices.
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Originally Posted by vwchad View Post
Just as an update, I decided against getting the used Roubaix. It was probably going to need some work. Didn't even want to open that can of worms. So i continued my search. I visited several shops and rode quite a few different bikes. My favorite, by far, was the Felt Z series. I picked up my shiny (not really, it has flat black paint ;-) new Felt Z 85 yesterday. The shop I got it at was great. They took $100 off the bike, threw in a set of clipless pedals, and a water bottle. All of their bikes come with a free fitting, free lifetime refitting, and free tune-ups for life as well. I'm really excited to get out and ride!
Sounds like a good deal. Especially with the tune-up and fittings. Felt makes some damn nice bikes.
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