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is this worth the money(6 posts)

is this worth the moneyroadrunner
Apr 17, 2001 11:59 AM
i'm new to road biking and looking to buy a bike. i'm being offered a road bike for $820 and don't know if its worth the money. the bike is the following:
frame: Guerciotti cro-moly sl tubing
fork: time carbon
handle bar: 3ttt grand prix
stem: mutant
brakes: mirage
shifters: veloce
front and rear der.: veloce
cassette: 9 spd. mirage
cranks: chorus
bb: mirage
seatpost: richey
seat: flite tit.
rims: mavic ma3
hubs: mirage
tires: conti. grand prix
any comments are greatly apprectiated
More info please?PaulCL
Apr 17, 2001 12:21 PM
How old is the frame and components? How many miles on both? Does the bike fit you? (It isn't worth a dime if it doesn't fit)
More info please?roadrunner
Apr 17, 2001 6:29 PM
all components and frame are y2k. yes it fit.
Hmm... I'd probably say no, butbigdave
Apr 18, 2001 4:33 AM
it might be ok if you knock about a $100-$150 off, which the guy likely won't do.

The reason I say that is I bought a used 1-year old bike with a full 853 frame, full Ultegra parts for $750 (it was a $1600 bike new). So, my Ultegra parts, in respective company pecking order, are higher (priced, perhaps quality) on the food chain than your Mirage and Veloce parts, and I had Open Pro wheels, where the MA2s are pretty much Mavic cheapest rims.

I think you might be able to do better, maybe even in the marketplace on this site.

My .02, FWIW,

--Dave
Columbus SLpmf
Apr 18, 2001 5:55 AM
The tubing on this bike is pretty old technology. I'm not sure if Columbus still makes it (they probably do), but I do still see bikes being built with it. It had the reputation of being rather flexy and was suceeded by Columbus SLX in the late 80's. If you're a big or strong rider, the frame might have too much BB flex. Personally, I'd look for a used Reynolds 853 bike with better components (Ultegra) in that price range.
More info please?nope
Apr 18, 2001 4:59 AM
Columbus SL tubing hasn't been made in many years