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'03 Cannondale R1000 for $750. Should I buy?

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Old 04-24-13, 10:40 PM
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'03 Cannondale R1000 for $750. Should I buy?

I'm looking for a solid entry-mid level road bike, and have been checking C-list off-and-on to look for any gems that stand out. I found this guy (see link below), an '03 which looks like it's been taken care of. All I know about the specifics is that it has Shimano Ultegra with flight deck, and a new seat. I'm 5'9" and it has a 58cm frame, so it's at the high end of my size window I think. The seller has asked if I'd pay $750, as another buyer has supposedly offered $700. I think it retailed around $1800 when new. I like the look of the bike and would hate to pass up on a good deal. I haven't ridden it yet, but it looks like people tend to like the way it rides from reviews. Do you guys think it's worth it?

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3764085438.html

My other thought is that if I get a new bike for around $1200 or so that's properly fitted for me then I can resell it in 5 years for at least $600 if I take care of it, whereas the '03 will look like a '98 does now (a lot less appealing). Therefore a new bike could be a newer, better fit and a cheaper deal in the long run if I take care of it. Any thoughts or bike recommendations? I'm new to road cycling so I don't really know what I prefer yet.
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58 is at the high end of my size window and I'm 6'2

750? Yikes.

Take a pass.
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I'm 5'9 and my size is 52. 58 is too big for you. you wouldnt enjoy it. I'd buy a new one.
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You know you could get a brand new bike for $750 right? Like computers, bikes depreciate like crazy... buying a 10 yr old bike is like buying a 10 yr old computer. On top of that, a size 58 is for someone who's 6'3. At your height you would be riding a 52 or 54. Good thing you asked or else you would have been a poor schmuck that got ripped off.
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god I hate when they say great buy, wtf is that even supposed to mean besides great sell?

Anyways there is at least a 20% chance you can fit on this bike. If it truly does not have a lot of wear (inspect components, smooth operation) it could be a good deal. Since I really like the bike I want you to take it to a fitter and see if it fits first. Judging by the looks of it the owner is "small" for the bike as well. I am 6' .05" and have ridden a 60 no problem.
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Way too big for ya!

Check-out Bikesdirect.com....you can get a pretty sweet brand-new bike for around the same price, with good components and in your proper size. Or keep lookingt on CL till you find one that is the right size, and offered at a reasonable price. (Don't buy a new $750 bike from a bike-shop....it will be near-crap).
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Originally Posted by Will Goes Boing View Post
You know you could get a brand new bike for $750 right? Like computers, bikes depreciate like crazy... buying a 10 yr old bike is like buying a 10 yr old computer. On top of that, a size 58 is for someone who's 6'3. At your height you would be riding a 52 or 54. Good thing you asked or else you would have been a poor schmuck that got ripped off.
you can't buy anything like that new for 750, and it come with flight deck and possibly pedals, it is a USA cannondale with team graphics and blue rims, how kewl is that!? If its not beat up I think its worth it, as long as it fits. Who knows, it could only have 1000 miles on it.

BTW I ride a 58 and I am just over 6'
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Maybe it's just me, but this bike: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3764085438.html does not look like a 58cm.
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Maybe it's just me, but this bike: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/3764085438.html does not look like a 58cm.
It's just you.

FWIW, I'm 5' 10" and ride a 56 Cannondale.
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I agree, it will probably be too big. And $750 seems quite pricey for a 10-year-old bicycle. I could see paying $450-$500, if it fit.
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I'm 5-11 and ride a 55.
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I have a Cannondale from that era and the only problem I have with it is it will cost more for me to try to upgrade it then it would to buy new with way better shifting. The bike you looking at has a 1 inch headset not the standard 1-1/8 the whole industry moved to eventually making your upgrade choices limited. For 750 +200 you could get a bike from most Cannondale dealers (last years stock) that would have new shifters 10spd cassette and standard sizes so you can upgrade cheaper. The bike your looking at should go for no more then $300 tops.
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Originally Posted by Nick Bain View Post
you can't buy anything like that new for 750, and it come with flight deck and possibly pedals, it is a USA cannondale with team graphics and blue rims, how kewl is that!? If its not beat up I think its worth it, as long as it fits. Who knows, it could only have 1000 miles on it.

BTW I ride a 58 and I am just over 6'
Those graphics and blue rims make ya SO much faster, and really add to the enjoyment of the ride! Well worth paying double the price for a $350 bike..... NOT!

(BTW, OP, I'm 5'10" and ride a 54 and a 55cm)
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Those graphics and blue rims make ya SO much faster, and really add to the enjoyment of the ride! Well worth paying double the price for a $350 bike..... NOT!

(BTW, OP, I'm 5'10" and ride a 54 and a 55cm)
I look at it as the same reason people pay over a 1000 for a low tech vintage steel bike.
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I have a Cannondale from that era and the only problem I have with it is it will cost more for me to try to upgrade it then it would to buy new with way better shifting. The bike you looking at has a 1 inch headset not the standard 1-1/8 the whole industry moved to eventually making your upgrade choices limited. For 750 +200 you could get a bike from most Cannondale dealers (last years stock) that would have new shifters 10spd cassette and standard sizes so you can upgrade cheaper. The bike your looking at should go for no more then $300 tops.
Depends. It cost me $350 for a budget upgrade to modern shifting. I carefully searched for NOS and used parts, keeping much of the original stuff. It can be worth it if you really like the frame. There's a 100+ page thread in C&V on the subject.
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I emailed the guy, he estimates it has less than 2,000 miles on original components. Yeah the old tech is a slight minor drag, but there are definitely parts out there. I would say at least 500. But you can definitely get something cheaper than 750. The thing to look out for, is people sell a lot of worn out **** whether or not they know it, so you could be replacing parts off the bat.

If your not a wrencher I would consider getting a new bike or one that you know to be trouble free. That being said this bike could still be nice and to me it is a bike that will never loose its appeal. From what I've seen Caad's always hold their value, at least in asking prices. This looks like a Caad 4
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Shoot...I paid less than $750 for my pristine '97 Klein Quantum Race with Dura Ace...and it included shipping it 1000 miles......

Also, OP, bear in mind that a lot of people selling bikes are in error about the model year. Always try and verify through serial number or paint scheme- whatever- if you are paying good money for something. My Klein was being sold as a 2001....but it is a 97 (That fact made a good bargaining point).

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Around here, sellers seem to think that just because a bike is old, it is a valuable "vintage" or "classic" bike ...... 99.9% of the time they are just "old". Old is fine, for the right price.
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Around here, sellers seem to think that just because a bike is old, it is a valuable "vintage" or "classic" bike ...... 99.9% of the time is is "old". Old is fine, for the right price.
Seems to be the case everywhere lately. 'Round here, I've seen old rusty low-end Schwinns for $300....the same ones that you can buy all day long on Ebay for $60 (And Ebay is usually way over-priced!).
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Also, OP, bear in mind that a lot of people selling bikes are in error about the model year. Always try and verify through serial number or paint scheme- whatever- if you are paying good money for something. My Klein was being sold as a 2001....but it is a 97 (That fact made a good bargaining point).
Case in point, OP's linked bike appears to be a 2000: http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...e#.UXlQrbWG1Cg
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Seems to be the case everywhere lately. 'Round here, I've seen old rusty low-end Schwinns for $300....the same ones that you can buy all day long on Ebay for $60 (And Ebay is usually way over-priced!).
I remember when those were 10 dollars all day, back when the MTB craze was in full swing. They are probably up for sale a long time and then some sucker with extra dollars comes along.
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Case in point, OP's linked bike appears to be a 2000: http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...e#.UXlQrbWG1Cg
Hehyepyepyep..... $750 for a decent but non-spectacular 13 year-old bike....PASS! (Why is it they are always overly optimistic about the model year? They conveniently never err in the other direction! They never say it's an '03 when it's really an '06...)
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I remember when those were 10 dollars all day, back when the MTB craze was in full swing. They are probably up for sale a long time and then some sucker with extra dollars comes along.
I'd say the vast majority of 'em never sell. Probably end up at the Salivation Army thrift store....or in the dump...or at a yard sale- where someone else buys it for $10 and then it ends up back on CL or Ebay for another few months while the new owner tries to off it for some absurd price.

There's a guy here on CL, been trying to sell an ancient POS cruiser frame...completely covered in rust, for eons. Just keeps listing it and re-listing it for $50.... some people can't throw away anything they find! (Hey, I hear that vintage rust is getting valuable!)
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Case in point, OP's linked bike appears to be a 2000: http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...e#.UXlQrbWG1Cg
Dang , I did think it was peculier for an "03" to still have a 1 inch headset.

100 bucks off for the year change and another 100 off for the LIES!
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I'm 5'9 and my size is 52. 58 is too big for you. you wouldnt enjoy it. I'd buy a new one.
Not necessarily. It really depends on how your built. I'm 6.1 and ride a 58 and it fits perfectly. In fact, the owner of the LBS when I bought it tried his best to get me on a size 60 which was just too big. That is a very nice frame but I'd prolly see if I couldn't get a nice C'dale CAAD 10 with 105 gruppo for the $1,200 you might have the budget for. I have a friend who got one with Ultegra out the door for 2k. Good luck!
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