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Used Pinarello bike: does it worth $320? Please help!!(8 posts)

Used Pinarello bike: does it worth $320? Please help!!Zaphod
May 11, 2001 5:22 AM
I'm a mountain bike rider and I'd like to buy a road bike for winter training rides. My local bike shop has a used Pinarello, but I don't know if it worths the price which is $320. Actually I didn't check out the bike very thoroughly, but at first sight I have seen:

- 56cm Pinarello frame w/CrMo fork. The frame has scratches but seems to be in good shape. I don't know road bikes very well,

- Shimano Ultegra 9 speed STI, crankset, front/rear derailleur. The rear derailleur is in bad shape, it needs to be replaced.

- Shimano 105 brakes, hubs, Rigida Nova rims. The rims and tires look shabby, need replacing.

My question: should I buy this bike or not? Any suggestions or ideas are welcome.

If you need more details, I will go and ask for them.
a few more details...Zaphod
May 11, 2001 7:09 AM
So, a few more details on the bike: most importantly, the drivetrain is not Ultegra but Ultegra 600, so it's obviously 8 speed. The frame looks to be 4-5 years old. It's painted red, white and blue. The fork is polished, the upper part is red with white "Pinarello" sign.
and some moreZaphod
May 11, 2001 8:10 AM
The bike was used as a commuter. The crankset is 52/42 Ultegra 600. The rear cogset is 12/24, 8 speed.

The frame is CrMo but don't know what tubes. Unfortunatelly, it has some serious scratches. Looks like the someone crashed this bike a lot :(. On the seat tube and on the fork is a blue Pinarello coat of arms which says "Kena" (maybe "Keno").

ITM stem, Cinelli bars, Shimano SPD-R pedals.
May 11, 2001 8:24 AM
Would you buy a used car that looks like it's been crashed alot with shabby tires and wheels that needs replaced, and a bad rear end.Sounds like a POS that someone is trying to unload. You can buy a good used bike that needs no work for that money.Maybe the frame has some value depending on the tubeset,assuming it isn't ginked or rusted out internally.
re:Geeze.......Car Magnet
May 11, 2001 4:51 PM
I agree. I just bought a used handmade Italian bike for $540. The thing was hardly used (500-800 miles). 12 speed Campy, Frame is lugged
Columbus tubing with chromed fork, seat and chainstays. Yes it does need new tires and a tune-up, but so will most used bikes. I say shop around and be patient. Surely there is something out there that doesn't need new parts and a rebuild right away. The cheapest price is not necessarily the best bargain. Good Luck!
re: Used Pinarello bike: does it worth $320? Please help!!Dinosaur
May 11, 2001 5:23 PM
You have to look beyond the paint and find out more about the frame.
A 1991 vintage might hedge toward Columbus SLX. Then have the frame checked by an independent wrench for an unbiased opinion. Of course that might not be possible. Then consider that you are going to have to put a considerable amount of money into this bike. If you can do your own work and scrounge around for parts it might be worth while. The question is how much money is it going to take to bring this bike up to snuff? The $320 bike might end up being a 1K bike by the time you are finished. That would be the deciding factor for me. You might be better off just finding a good, quality, used frame and have it built up. You never know what you are getting into with a used road bike. It sounds like this one wasn't maintained very well.
I have to add that it makes it hard to pass judgement without seeing the bike.
I'd go with my gut feeling, that's how make my own decisions. Unfortunately sometimes I make the wrong call. But that's part of life..
Clear as mud, huh?

P.S. I don't have a "winter bike" or a "beater bike". I just ride and maintain one bike in primo condition. I'm kind of a fanatic about keeping my bike maintained. Perhaps in a few years when I purchase another bike, I might keep my present bike as a second ride. Then again I live in Ca and can ride all year round, I don't ride in the rain nor do I commute (I'm retired).
So how's the fit?Spoke Wrench
May 11, 2001 7:57 PM
If the fit isn't right, it isn't a good deal regardless of price.
So how's the fit?Zaphod
May 14, 2001 2:48 AM
I borrowed the bike for a short test ride and I did a few miles. The drivetrain worked perfectly and the bike was comfy, apart form the saddle, but hell it can be replaced in a few moments.