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Bontrager Road Light(7 posts)

Bontrager Road Lightdontnomuch
Nov 14, 2002 3:46 PM
I'm selling my wife's Road Light. It's made in Santa Cruz and it has all the gussets those frames are known for.(I have no idea how old it is but it's in excellent condition.)

Are these frames considered collectibles? I don't want to put the thing on ebay and then find out it's worth (a lot) more than it went for.

Thanks for the help.
re: Bontrager Road Lightlaffeaux
Nov 14, 2002 4:12 PM
I ride a Road Lite as well. In general I don't think they are considered collectable. Although there is a decent Bontrager following, the bikes don't bring much money. KB is more famous for the Race Lite MTB and the bikes sell regularly on eBay for $400-$800. The Road Lite might sell for a bit less (depending on parts and condition).

What color is it? That will help with the year identification.
Not likely a collector's itemKerry
Nov 14, 2002 4:13 PM
How old is it? Is it in mint condition? Collector's items tend to start in the early '80s (or much before) and be things like Colnago, DeRosa, Italian built Masi, etc. Besides, if you sell it on eBay, won't it be an auction? Wouldn't you get "whatever someone is willing to pay" through that process? Where else do you think you could sell it and get a lot more than you'd get from an eBay auction?
re: Bontrager Road Lightgtx
Nov 14, 2002 6:04 PM
If it's in good shape I'd say it's maybe worth $3-400. I think they made them for only a few years, I'd say 93-95 or so, when Trek bought them.
My 2 centsgreg n
Nov 15, 2002 7:01 AM
I ride a Road Lite. I also have a Race Lite. I am a Bontrager die hard. In my opinion, Road Lites are collector items for true Bontrager fans. There aren't a lot out there. You have to pretty much find someone who wants one to sell one. But if you've ever ridden one, you'll be hard pressed to find a better climbing and/or accellerating bike especially for the price.

So as far as selling on Ebay, here's what I can tell you. The frame/bike is easier to sell now than even a couple years back with the explosion of sloping TT frames on the market. However, not being a well-known and common frame, people are skeptical because they are unsure of the geometry. If and when you post it, be sure to include all the geometry specs. If you don't have them, you get get them at

http://www.ridesmarter.com/archives/frames/frame_main.html

As far as price goes, I've seen a never built-up frame go for $375. Most built-up Road Lites I've seen have had 8 sp Ultegra, and they've gone for around $675-$750 depending.

What size is it? Are you selling frame/fork only or complete bike? I may have a buyer for you.

Good luck.

Greg
re: Contact meteoteoteo
Nov 15, 2002 12:03 PM
I like the Bonti's and there is a following though they are still available to some degree. Depending on if frame or complete bike is being sold would dictate price. Prices in above posts are pretty accurate

Mail me your info. I might be interested if size works for me.
Specs on Road Lightdontnomuch
Nov 15, 2002 4:53 PM
It's a medium....56 cm TT, 47.4 cm ST

It's dark green and the decals are in good shape-just a few scratches on the decals; the paint is just about perfect. The fork is stock-steel. It has Dura-Ace 8 speed, but the hubs are 9 speed Dura-Ace, laced up to silver Open Pros, with the green Michelin road tires (I can't remember the name of them for the life of me.) No pedals.