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what's it worth? '94 Basso(5 posts)

what's it worth? '94 Bassogrundy
May 7, 2003 10:43 AM
I'm going to go look at a used roadbike for my fiancé. I haven't seen it yet, and I'm still waiting for some pictures. This is what I know.

It's a 94 Basso. It's been powdercoated fairly recently. It's got a mix of older 600 and 105, with 8 speed 105 STI. The owner tells me that he is a decent home mechanic, and has maintained the bike well. The asking price is $400, and I have no idea how fair that is. Anybody have an opinion on that price?
If it's a Gap, that's kinda' high.................nmMR_GRUMPY
May 7, 2003 10:51 AM
Worth and price are two different thingsOldEdScott
May 7, 2003 11:36 AM
Just guessing, without knowing the Basso model and seeing the bike, but if she likes it and actually rides it, sure it's 'worth' $400. As for price -- which is another matter entirely, a 'market' thing, not a 'worth' thing -- I expect most people would think it's a little high for a 10-year-old bike, especially since we don't know for sure if the recent powdercoating is a good thing or a bad thing. I'm sure he set the price high so he could dicker.

If you like the bike, the price isn't totally nuts. But you can likely do better.
thanks - got another Basso questiongrundy
May 7, 2003 11:55 AM
I'm in agreement on the price/worth issue. I've been looking for a while, and haven't seen much in her size (48) and price range, which makes this bike attractive.

I don't know anything about Basso's line - and I don't know what model this bike is. Again, this is a '94 - can I assume that it's a quality frame, or did they make any cheap/low quality bikes at that time? anything in specific to watch out for?
thanks - got another Basso questionWalter
May 7, 2003 3:44 PM
I have a Basso from the 80s with retro Campy on it. They've been around since the later 70s I'm pretty sure. Amongst retro fans (your bike isn't quite old enough yet) Bassos are considered solid Italian bikes. Not Masi or Cinelli but definitely not bad either.

I agree with the worth/price analysis as well and I'd also imagine that if you bring cash that asking price might be a bit flexible. Assuming the bike is straight she'll like it fine and even at $400 you won't find anything new that's any better.