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Is this worth buying?(6 posts)

Is this worth buying?LinuxDude
Jul 19, 2002 1:14 AM
There is this guy who wants to sell his Eddy Merckx Ti AX 1999 with full Dura-Ace, Mavic Open Pro Ceramic wheels, some expensive Profile Carbon Forks, Speedplay x/2 pedals, plus wireless Comp., helmet, and even shoes all for $1100. The bike is hardly ridden, he says it has about 400 miles on it. And to make sure this thing was not stolen or anything I even saw his receipt (total was $3600). So, should I jump on this as an excellent deal or is this considered a mediocre deal?

Also, what happens to the bike frame's lifetime warranty once the ownership of the bike is transferred?

Any comment would be greatly appreciated.
never knew people who use linux ride bikes ....jarraa
Jul 19, 2002 3:36 AM
Just kidding ofcourse. Fellow linux user here. First of make sure the bike,helmet,shoes etc fit well. And by fit well I mean more than just try it on; more like ask him if you can ride the bike for an hour or two (give him a deposit or something). More times than not the shoes will not really fit and the helmet might not either. That means all them things that made the deal sweat are not really that valuable. As for the bike, my dealer is selling a 2000 frame alone for a close out (that's what he says) of $1000. So it sounds to be a really good deal. I am not all that sure though and somebody with more experience shall reply to your post. Take care and keep riding.

-a
Probably.vitusdude
Jul 19, 2002 4:18 AM
I recently saw a Merckx Ti AX with similar components go for over $1300 on ebay. And, I believe,
it had an aluminum fork. Just make sure the frame is the right size for you and try to estimate whether the cranks, bars, stem, and cassette are the right size and gearing you want. Otherwise you may find yourself spending bucks to replace parts that don't work for you. The AX is no longer made but I think they were going for about $1300 new (frameset) toward the end of their production. All in all, I would say that $1100 for a complete bike with extras is a fair deal.
Probably.LinuxDude
Jul 19, 2002 6:15 AM
Thanks everyone for your comments.

As far as size and fit goes, the seller was nice enough to offer me 14 days during which I can try it out and if I didn't wanted anymore for any reason not just fit I could return his bike for my money.

Anyone know anything in regards to the warranty?
sounds very fairJekyll
Jul 19, 2002 6:24 AM
The warranty most likely does not transfer - typically cycling warranties are to the original owner only. I'm not sure if I would be all that worried about it either way. Sounds like a fair price on a nice bike and a very agreeable seller. If it fits and I liked it, I'd also take it to an LBS in those 14 days just to make sure you did not miss anything.
Is this worth buying? Yes, if it fits.djg
Jul 19, 2002 6:24 AM
If the bike is truly in excellent condition and has never been crashed, this is a very good deal. The warrantly will not likely carry over to someone other than the original owner, but so what? If the frame is in good shape now, it will likely be in good shape for a long time.

If you want to spend 3500 bucks, do lots more research on the sort of road bike you want. But for 1100...if it fits, it's a good deal. Don't know if it fits? Get your butt to a good bike shop and pay them 40 bucks or whatever for a fit session. If the Merckx is in the ballpark, I say go for it and get out on the road. I say this independent of whether the shoes or helmet fit.

Frankly, there are lots of very nice used bikes in the 1-1.5k price range, but the ability to inspect one is pretty valuable. And nude Ti hides very few ills.