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New Bike?? Softride Power V(9 posts)

New Bike?? Softride Power VJBergland
May 22, 2001 8:19 AM
An opportunity just fell into my lap this weekend. I have the option to buy a Softride Power V for $800-$1000. The bike has: 2 wheel sets; Cane Creek & an aero 5 spoke (profile I think), full DA-9 speed, Speedplay Ti, 4 sets of tires, a pair of size 12 shoes, and financing... $300 down and up to a year to pay the rest. The guy who is selling it is in the peace-corp. for two years. He bought it from a sponsored Tri-friend (must have gotten a heck of a deal). He was pretty intimidated about the idea of gluing any tires on so the bike went unused.

What do you think? I'm not sure what year the bike is (maybe 96-99??). It is basically identical to this one on e-bay: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1146307481

Any info on Power Vs is welcomed.

Thanks!!
Looks like a helluva dealMel Erickson
May 22, 2001 11:56 AM
I ride a Solo and love the bike. Assuming it's in great shape that's a good price.
re: New Bike?? Softride Power VShad
May 22, 2001 3:44 PM
That baby will turn some heads in the Lakeville area. Sounds like a great deal, especially with the speedplay Ti's, dura-ace and two sets of wheels. Plus extra comfort on those dusk-to-dawn 200+ mile rides with the Silver Cyclists.

But then again, what does a guy from Apple Valley, MN know?

Shad
re: New Bike?? Softride Power VJBergland
May 23, 2001 8:00 AM
Shad,
So, when are we going to get you down to Lakeville for a Saturday ride?? Bounce me your e-mail if you would like and I'll make sure to forward you info on some of our rides.

Take Care!!
Parts is Partsgrz mnky
May 22, 2001 6:06 PM
Well the Softrides have their place and if you're going long then it's a comfy ride. Not exactly a climber, descender, or crit racer, but then you knew that. The parts package alone is a steal, regardless of what you think about the frame. Even if you were to do a frame swap you'd still be money ahead. I honestly can't see how you can go wrong since the down side is no big deal.
Parts is PartsMel Erickson
May 22, 2001 11:08 PM
Lots of crit racers swear by softrides. They have an ultra stiff frame and can corner like mad. Just take a slightly different technique than more conventional bikes. Climbing maybe not the first choice but what's really wrong with them? Weight? Why don't you think they descend well? I'm not claiming they're the end all and be all bikes and they do look a little odd but they're much better all around bikes than you seem to think. Please explain.
Parts is PartsJBergland
May 23, 2001 8:25 AM
grz mnky,
I would be using this bike for some centuries and doubles, maybe try a TT with it. Softride 'says' their bikes make good climbers (very stiff rear end/bb/down-tube/head-set/handle bar areas), but I agree with you that climbing, descending, and most racing is NOT where this type of bike shines.

I'm a strong believer that there is 'no free lunch'... nothing is ever FREE!! This bike plus extras seems like a very good deal. Just some of the spare parts alone could pay for most of the bike!! But... the bike has been 'for-sale' for over a year?????
Parts is PartsLen J
May 23, 2001 8:47 AM
As in most sale things in life (Houses,Cars etc.) The more unusual (or out of the ordinary) something is, the smaller the population of potential buyers is. Most people, while intrigued with softride, are unable to "reach" themselves (& thier concept of themselves) far enough to buy one.(IMHO) This may explain the time somewhat.

Has he changed the price over the year?
Has he been actively selling it for a year, or only halfheartedly?

2 cents.
I own the same bike.dough
May 23, 2001 9:34 AM
If it's like the one in the e-bay picture (dark blue), it is a '96 model. I've been riding the same bike for 5yrs and I love it. If you've never ridden one it will feel strange at first but give it a chance and you will probably love it too. The price sounds like a steal. If it's in good shape I wouldn't hesitate to buy for $1000.00. Two quick comments, pro & con, about the bike:

Pro: It's sooo darn comfy!
Con: It's sooo darn heavy!

The weight is the only disadvantage and is only significant if you do a lot of climbing. Otherwise, don't worry about it, the weight won't be an issue.