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Considering a road bike (Blue RC8); good deal?

Old 12-24-13, 09:51 PM
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Considering a road bike (Blue RC8); good deal?

Hi guys, first time posting although I've been lurking here forever. Caught the cycling bug this summer, started with a hybrid, made the mistake of riding a friends single speed and loved it, bought one of those, now find myself doing 20 mile informal group rides. Would really like a road bike! A friend is selling a Blue RC8 and has loaned it to me to try out. It fits me great, even comes with shoes. Now I'm just wondering if it's worth paying $1k+ for a used bike...

He says it has 5-10k on it. I have no idea how long bikes like this last. Am I better of buying something newer? Thanks for any input...

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Old 12-24-13, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by apriorius View Post
Hi guys, first time posting although I've been lurking here forever. Caught the cycling bug this summer, started with a hybrid, made the mistake of riding a friends single speed and loved it, bought one of those, now find myself doing 20 mile informal group rides. Would really like a road bike! A friend is selling a Blue RC8 and has loaned it to me to try out. It fits me great, even comes with shoes. Now I'm just wondering if it's worth paying $1k+ for a used bike...

Here's how it's described:
Blue RC8 full carbon road bike. 56cm. Has SRAM Force group with SRAM Red rear derailure. Zero Lite Vuelta wheels. Carbon seatpost. Specialized Romin Expert saddle. Comes with bike computer, water bottle cage, Time carbon pedals with cleats, and shoes if they fit you. Just over 16lbs. (Tri bars not included)

and here's the CL Ad:
https://raleigh.craigslist.org/bik/4216076570.html

He says it has 5-10k on it. I have no idea how long bikes like this last. Am I better of buying something newer? Thanks for any input...
The wheelset is nothing to write home about. Can be had for $120
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Old 12-24-13, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by buffalowings View Post
The wheelset is nothing to write home about. Can be had for $120
Thanks for that...this guy has a ton of other bikes and he may have poached off this one to build up another. I'll ask him.
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Looks old.....$550
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Originally Posted by apriorius View Post
Thanks for that...this guy has a ton of other bikes and he may have poached off this one to build up another. I'll ask him.

Are you sure he's a friend? (sometimes buying things from friends or, "friends" can make a transaction much harder. Looking at the rest of the parts, Sram force, red rear derailleur etc, he took off the wheelset he originally mounted and threw in a cheapo wheelset.

*note: the carbon fiber lugging at the joints reveal that it is an older frame. Most newer carbon fiber bikes from mainstream/big producers have gone with the monocoque method of constructing frames.

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Old 12-24-13, 10:04 PM
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Yah good point, he's a good guy and I don't think he'd take advantage of me, but no he's not someone I've known for ages. I like the bike but for the age and condition the asking seemed a bit high, so I thought I'd ask here.
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Old 12-24-13, 11:59 PM
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Originally Posted by apriorius View Post
Yah good point, he's a good guy and I don't think he'd take advantage of me, but no he's not someone I've known for ages. I like the bike but for the age and condition the asking seemed a bit high, so I thought I'd ask here.
That's one ugly paint job... The shifters and crank are 1st generation Force, so pretty old. The only components on it that have much value are the seat and rear derailler. 1k is too much.
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What is taped up on the fork? I am sure you could do better than that for the money he is asking. I just don't see anything special about it. It's old and how much do you really trust a carbon bike with the mileage this on has? How was it ridden? Maybe I am way off base here but it's probably a $500 bike, at least when it concerns my wallet.
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Thanks for the replies guys, sounds like a pass. I appreciate the input.
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Take a look at what you can get for that money in the Performance brick and mortar stores if you have any near to you. There was am aluminum GT bike a few weeks ago with Ultegra rear derailleur and shifters for $899, about $1,000 off list price. Something along those lines is how I would go.
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$1,200 is a good deal, IMO, but this is assuming there is zero structural damage and very little paint damage. SRAM force/red components on a carbon bike. Can easily sell for $1500 here in LA.
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if you have that much to spend, get this...new with a warranty and current Rival group.

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/or...NjQ2F0MTAwMTcx
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You are better getting that orbea and with the warranty, for 1200 and w/o any warranty in the frame that blue is not a good deal at all.

Many CL sellers aka flippers make the bike look like a super good deal and many times are just overpriced old bikes. In my area just because the brand campagnolo is in one of the components, or because the frame is italian the bikes pump their price to unreal prices. That's the reason bikes are being posted in CL for months or even years, same with ebay.

Get the orbea if you have the cash.
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Orbea makes a great bike. One item though on many of the Orbeas there is only clearance to run 700x23c tires. To most people though this isn't an issue.
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Originally Posted by Rons View Post
Orbea makes a great bike. One item though on many of the Orbeas there is only clearance to run 700x23c tires. To most people though this isn't an issue.
Huh, you're right. Bizzare and oddly steeped in tradition too.
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Also, Blue is defunct, as a brand, so no factory support. Not as big a deal as with cars, but not ideal.
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The CC Orbea is definitely a better deal. A size 55 looks like its just the ticket and you get lifetime warranty on the frame plus cc guarantee which is superb.
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Originally Posted by seymour1910 View Post
if you have that much to spend, get this...new with a warranty and current Rival group.

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/or...NjQ2F0MTAwMTcx
Wow, smoking deal.
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