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Fair price for a 2005 (or 2004) Specialized Roubaix

Old 01-02-14, 01:22 PM
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Fair price for a 2005 (or 2004) Specialized Roubaix

Happy New Year!

Sorry if this type of post is not appropriate - I'm new to this site.

But, I'm finally ready to upgrade my 15-year old mountain bike with a pretty good used road bike.

I found one on Craigslist that fits my requirements, and I'm hoping to get some opinions on whether the price is fair.

It's listed as a 2005 Specialized Roubaix, but the photos suggest it's actually a 2004.

I'm pretty sure it's this bike:

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...ix/04roubaix27

BikePedia shows it sold for $1,400 in 2004:

https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...7#.UsW8CvRDvK0

The seller is asking $650.

I'm not sure about the condition, but assuming it looks pretty good - do you think that price is about right?

Thanks in advance for your advice and opinions!
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Old 01-02-14, 01:25 PM
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can you post the CL link?

here is the blue book on that bike...these are not "set in stone" prices at all, but it gives you an idea.

https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/Searc...x=20000&type=0

this is almost ten year old 105, nothing wrong with that but if you can pay $650 for a used bike could you stretch to $769 for a new bike with a warranty and return policy?

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/or...NjQ2F0MTAwNTY1

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Old 01-02-14, 01:32 PM
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No one can answer from a stock photo unless it is brand new.

Some have cracked at the stem.

My 08 Felt has 39,000 miles on it.

I would Not assume anything.

Go look and test ride it.

How do you know the frame is not cracked.
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Seymour,

Thanks for your response - much appreciated.

As I mentioned - this is the first bike I've bought in 15 years, so I'm not really sure what my best option is. I'm generally under the impression that buying used is a good way to get value, as long as I can find a bike that's been gently ridden and well-maintained. Do you think that's the wrong direction?

E.g. - do you think a 2004 Roubaix is a "better bike", with better components (Shimano 105) than the Orbea Aqua with SRAM Apex? Or vice versa?
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Thanks for the rely, 10Wheels!

Good questions. I'm planning to see it in person, and hopefully take it for a test ride. But, I'm not a mechanic, so I'm only going to notice something obvious.

Do you think it's generally a bad idea to buy a used bike? I'd love to buy a new one, but I'm on a tight budget.

Is there a better marketplace of used bikes than Craigslist?
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Craigslist is great. Used bikes can have enormous value.

Here's one I just sent my brother from my AO. CAAD9 with Ultegra for $500. Without knowing your market it's hard to say for sure, but that price seems a little steep. Put another way- you'd be the LAST person to pay $650 for it, if that makes sense.

https://eugene.craigslist.org/bik/4266703395.html
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$650 for it is not unfair, but if you can get it down to $500, then you would have a good deal.
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Originally Posted by mattstuehler View Post
Seymour,

Thanks for your response - much appreciated.

As I mentioned - this is the first bike I've bought in 15 years, so I'm not really sure what my best option is. I'm generally under the impression that buying used is a good way to get value, as long as I can find a bike that's been gently ridden and well-maintained. Do you think that's the wrong direction?

E.g. - do you think a 2004 Roubaix is a "better bike", with better components (Shimano 105) than the Orbea Aqua with SRAM Apex? Or vice versa?
NOTHING at all wrong with going used. My first bike was a CL bike. It was a 2005 but I didn't pay anywhere near $650 for it. I feel that $650 for that bike is not a really good value. I wouldn't suggest the Orbea now that I know you probably need to ride the bike and get a feel for it. CL is a great place to find a used bike. My suggestion for the new bike was just because the used bike price was so close. Stay within your budget and do your homework, you will find something. If you really like the Specialized, see how much he will go down on the price.

post the CL listing for us to see.
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Originally Posted by Long Tom View Post
Craigslist is great. Used bikes can have enormous value.

Here's one I just sent my brother from my AO. CAAD9 with Ultegra for $500. Without knowing your market it's hard to say for sure, but that price seems a little steep. Put another way- you'd be the LAST person to pay $650 for it, if that makes sense.

https://eugene.craigslist.org/bik/4266703395.html

Wow, that's a crazy good deal for the Caad9! Assuming that it's not trashed. No idea about the Roubaix, sorry.
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I'd probably steer clear of a carbon frame that old and I've bought two used Roubaix frames in the last few years so I'm not allergic to taking a chance with used carbon. However... carbon has improved pretty significantly in the last 10 years. The difference between my '07 roubaix and my '12 roubaix is striking.

So, $650 seems pretty expensive for used carbon, and you know there's no warranty support for resold frames (not that there is likely to be any on a frame that old anyway) but if you can get it for cheaper and it fits then why not?
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