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Good price for a bianchi volpe?

Old 07-08-13, 07:57 AM
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Good price for a bianchi volpe?

I'm looking for a touring bike and I came across a Bianchi Volpe on CL for 300, which I think I can get down to 250. Problem is I'm unsure of the year/exact model, as is the seller. Good news is that he's including a bunch of stuff like bags, pump, brooks, etc. I don't really have any clue what an older Volpe goes for, so I'm wondering if this is a good price? Page is here: https://easternshore.craigslist.org/bik/3917775621.html

My other concern is the size: I need a 54 cm bike, and this one is "54 c/c seat tube, 56 c/c top tube." I guess the only way to be sure is to go out and give it a test ride, but for someone who's just a bit over 5-6, would this make a decent fit? I haven't dealt with bikes with the two different measurements...

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Leaozinho, If it fits you, it can be a very good bike. Price is very regional, but $300 isn't too bad when a new Volpe goes for $1200 or so.

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Might be a bit big for you, but it's a good price. Can't hurt to try it. I ride cyclocross bikes with a 56 cm top tube, and I'm almost 6'. The cross bikes I own have geometry very close to the Volpe I used to have. However, my Volpe was a different year than yours, so the geometry might be different.... Mine was a 2005.
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I'm just over 5'6" myself, and I ride a 51cm Volpe, 2012 model. The larger sizes had me feeling too stretched out when riding on the hoods.
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Thanks everyone - I ended up getting it. I got the price down to 230 and even though its a little big it seems like a good fit. I have a 31 inch inseam, so I've still got about an inch of clearance over the top tube. Maybe down the road I'll get a different one, but for now I really needed a bike and this did the job. Thanks again guys!
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Originally Posted by Leaozinho
Thanks everyone - I ended up getting it. I got the price down to 230 and even though its a little big it seems like a good fit. I have a 31 inch inseam, so I've still got about an inch of clearance over the top tube. Maybe down the road I'll get a different one, but for now I really needed a bike and this did the job. Thanks again guys!
Congrats.

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