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What would you do if you were me?(7 posts)

What would you do if you were me?SSgt Jeremy in Germany
Jun 5, 2001 3:46 PM
Shopping for my first road bike, so would you spend $880 for a new left over 2000 model Corratec (german made) bike with full 105 components? I have ridden it, shifts smooth and perfect. Its standover space was 1-2 inches, felt comfortable so I see no problems there. It has aluminum forks and feels lighter than others I have tried. Its painted yellow and stands out, a good safety factor I assume. Also, the front derailer doesnt have a collar that wraps around the down tube, instead a tab is welded to the tube, and the derailer bolts to that. First time I have ever seen that arrangement, is that an odd setup, or do alot of bikes have that? So what would you do, buy it? Thanks for any advice.
I would....Lazy
Jun 5, 2001 3:58 PM
1. Take it for a long ride if you can. Fit problems can wait to bear their ugly heads for quite a while. Ride it for 2+ hours at least.

2. If you're unsure about the make, ask some knowledgeable (sp?) buddies there at Spang, or anywhere else you can get reliable information,if they know anything about the bike.

Judging solely by your description of the bike (I know nothing of the brand) it sounds like a reasonable deal. What are the new 2001 models of the same bike going for?

Having a braze on derailleur hanger is a normal thing.

The best thing to do would be to get a professional fitting done, but if that's not available to you then at least make sure the shop where you buy it makes an effort to ensure the bike fits and will allow you to swap stems if necessary. As has been said many times here before, "A $3000 bike that doesn't fit isn't worth $1."
Roughly $200 moreSSgt Jeremy in Germany
Jun 5, 2001 4:12 PM
The 2001 is roughly $200 more, but the shop owner told me its the same thing, just a different paint job. I am gunna check with some other folks to see what they think of the brand. The stem is adjustable on the bike. This is going to sound like a stupid question to you, but how high should the stem be? But the bike shop should adjust that for me when I buy it. He said he would be willing to adjust anything needed after the sell. Thanks for the advice!
Stem heightLazy
Jun 5, 2001 4:26 PM
Stem height is a function of a few things

1. Flexibility. As you become more accustomed to the riding position a lower bar height may become more appealing.

2. Riding style/goals. If aero and racing is your gig, a lower handlebar is the way to go.

3. Comfort/balance/back and ab strength. If your handlebars are too low, you will be putting too much weight on your hands. This can cause all sorts of discomfort starting with numbness.

The general rule of thumb is that you should be able to easily maintain your position with your hands off the bars. Which means if you take your hands off the bars, it shouldn't be a strain to maintain the same torso angle.

Basically, it all boils down to comfort. That's the overwhelmingly important factor.

BTW, when you say adjustable stem do you mean it's an old school type of quill stem? i.e. one piece that looks like a 7 with an allen bolt at the top. If so (and I'm not sure about this at all) I would do some investigating into the actual age of the bike. This is pure speculation, but I don't think I've seen a new bike in the US with a quill stem since 1998.

Good luck with the purchase.
No allen bolt.SSgt Jeremy in Germany
Jun 5, 2001 4:35 PM
Thanks for all the great advice. No allen bolt at the top. It has a big nut that looks like it goes over the stem, this is all from memory. But it looked like you just loosen that up and raise it, I think anyway. The frame says what year it is also, so I am sure its a 2000. Not a scratch or nick anywhere, everygthing looks new as can be. Thanks for the advice!
Here's some info.....coonass
Jun 5, 2001 5:31 PM
http://www.coloradocyclist.com/bikefit/
This site will give you some knowledge of what you should expect in a fit....BUTTTTTTTT you should ask your salesman to fit you properly...if the frame doesn't fit you, then you're wasting $800.
(Would you buy a size 7 [or 14] shoe just because it was on sale????)
re: What would you do if you were me?LBS Guy
Jun 5, 2001 11:05 PM
Man if I was you and I was smart, i would go for the bike, if it feels good, and fits, then everything else can be tweaked in little increments later, it sounds like a great deal, and does it really matter between a 2000, and a 2001, if the only difference is paintjob then that not worth the $200, trust you instinct if it says its a good bike and fits good, get it, if not, save up some more money
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