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What's the value of my bike?

Old 04-01-12, 07:46 PM
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What's the value of my bike?

How much could is my bike worth? It is a Kestrel 200 Sci Carbon frame, Shimano Ultegra compenents, Rolf Vector pro deep well rims, syntance aero bars. I don't know what year the bike is, but it was made in japan with a serial number in the 50000s. Help!
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Did you forget the year you bought it?

Or is it really yours?
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Old 04-01-12, 07:54 PM
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I bought it off of craigslist. The guy who sold it to me did not have any information on the bike other than the light mileage use. I was wondering how I fared in my purchase, and if I could turn it for a profit.
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comin' in hot
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I recently came upon this site

http://bicyclebluebook.com/Home.aspx

I plugged in a couple of bikes that I am familiar with and the prices given seemed pretty much on target.
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Okay. Just seemed suspicious with it being your first post.
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Old 04-01-12, 08:31 PM
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Yeah, I must admit, it does look bad that way. I am a runner by trade and looking to get into cycling once I graduate in this spring. Thought I would join a thread and see how I am faring. This guy could have pulled the wool over my eyes big time, and I would know no better. A bit naive to the sport...
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pics? how much did you pay?
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I got it of craigslist. $500. Duped?
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Old 04-01-12, 09:07 PM
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assuming everything works and it fits: fair price. not bad, but nothing to write home about.

should be a solid bike.
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Old 04-02-12, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by livethird View Post

I got it of craigslist. $500. Duped?
I wouldn't have paid it, at least not based on those pics. Looks like the chain is rusted, and it's likely it needs at least a new chain and cassette.

And is that a steel fork on there?

The component group is at least 10 years old, likely closer to 20. Do you know if it's 8 speed or 9 speed?

Judging from the cable stop on the downtube, that bike was orignally built up with down tube shifters, which makes the frame around 20 plus year's old.

And those Rolf wheels are known for problems with the rims cracking, due to the high spoke tension of the paired spoke design. I'd inspect them carefully.

Given that you can find a couple of year old modern bike with 10 speed Shimano 105 components for less than you paid for this, I wouldn't buy that bike at all, but if I did I wouldn't pay over $250.

I think you'd have to be very lucky to flip that bike for a profit.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
I wouldn't have paid it, at least not based on those pics. Looks like the chain is rusted, and it's likely it needs at least a new chain and cassette.

And is that a steel fork on there?

The component group is at least 10 years old, likely closer to 20. Do you know if it's 8 speed or 9 speed?

Judging from the cable stop on the downtube, that bike was orignally built up with down tube shifters, which makes the frame around 20 plus year's old.

And those Rolf wheels are known for problems with the rims cracking, due to the high spoke tension of the paired spoke design. I'd inspect them carefully.

Given that you can find a couple of year old modern bike with 10 speed Shimano 105 components for less than you paid for this, I wouldn't buy that bike at all, but if I did I wouldn't pay over $250.

I think you'd have to be very lucky to flip that bike for a profit.
What kind of bike market do they have in your town that you can get a 2 year old brand name frame with 105 for under $500?
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Old 04-02-12, 08:34 AM
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You didn't do bad, next time go in with an offer for 350, then negotiate from there. Ride it like he stole it!
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Old 04-02-12, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by svidrod View Post
What kind of bike market do they have in your town that you can get a 2 year old brand name frame with 105 for under $500?
Not 105, but $500, and I'd take it over the OP's bike
http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/bik/2914584472.html

Or this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...vip=true&rt=nc

or this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2011-Scatant...item460225085a

or this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2010-Series-...item4601e769a0

or this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DBR-PODIUM-2...item256da5bf76
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Maybe it's the angle, but it looks like the front may have been crashed?

If you follow the line of the headtube it should be perfectly parallel with the fork, and your fork looks like it goes slightly backwards.

Or it may just be me.

OTOH you already bought it so ride more and worry less.
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I dont think you can flip this thing and be in the money. To get top $ for this you would need to replace the chain, cassette, tape and seat. Those items will run you between 100 and 200 bucks. Actually i recommend doing those things anyway and riding the snot out of the bike.
This bike likely a 1995-2000.

What you got is a $500 bike... no more, no less. The reason you got a $500 bike is because that is what you paid for it. As it turns out my bike is likely a $500 bike but I would not trade mine for yours...
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You are going to make the OP feel bad...
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Originally Posted by abstractform20 View Post
assuming everything works and it fits: fair price. not bad, but nothing to write home about.

should be a solid bike.
+1. 500 is a fine price for a complete carbon tt bike with Ultegra. Those boars are worth a hundred or better in pretty poor condition, so overall you did ok. (I hate those rolf wheels though, always did)
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All of the bikes Merlin posted have less expensive components and are all standard entry level road bikes. This kestrel is definitely more than entry level, hence the age difference.
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Just so you know. Original value of that kestrel was well into the 2000 dollar range. You did just fine.
http://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeS...+SCI&Type=bike
I think it's a 99 anyways.
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The bike you're referencing has a CF fork, and STI. The OP's bike has neither. Kestrel started making tha bike in the early 90's. The metal fork thus would indicate the bike is older than that, or the fork is not OEM.

So the bike and the components are 13 to 22 years old. It's a got a crap fork, questionable wheels, a boat anchor frame by modern standards (3.2 pounds) and looks like its been poorly maintained.
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Originally Posted by X-LinkedRider View Post
All of the bikes Merlin posted have less expensive components and are all standard entry level road bikes. This kestrel is definitely more than entry level, hence the age difference.
But everything has gotten better over the years. I'd absolutely take a lightly used, couple of years old 105 group over a 20 year old poorly maintained ultegra.

Also, a simple entry level aluminum frame is going to be as light or lighter than that Kestral.

Then consider the steel fork, and the questionable history, I'd take new or lightly used, entry level over the OP's bike every day.

All that said, if the bike works, ride it and enjoy it.

I'm just taking issue with the thought that the bike can be flipped for a profit.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
But everything has gotten better over the years. I'd absolutely take a lightly used, couple of years old 105 group over a 20 year old poorly maintained ultegra.

Also, a simple entry level aluminum frame is going to be as light or lighter than that Kestral.

Then consider the steel fork, and the questionable history, I'd take new or lightly used, entry level over the OP's bike every day.

All that said, if the bike works, ride it and enjoy it.

I'm just taking issue with the thought that the bike can be flipped for a profit.
Agreed, there is no profit to be seen here. I was just letting him know he did not get 'duped' as the OP had asked.
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I bought it a year ago to get into cycling, and now I'm graduating this spring and getting away from college xc/track, I'm looking forward to new athletic endeavors. I thought if I had gotten this for a steal, which i apparently have not, I could turn a small profit and upgrade. Now that this is unlikely, I'm just going to stick with her until she dies and I earn enough money for an upgrade (got to fight college debt). It's a good ride for me and it fits, so I'll ride. Thanks everyone for their input. It is taken graciously.
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