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What's this used Litespeed worth?(7 posts)

What's this used Litespeed worth?Schmed
Aug 4, 2003 8:03 AM
I'm a mtn biker looking at a used road bike - help me out here, what is this bike worth?

'97 Litespeed Classic
Mavic helium wheels
All Dura Ace
Carbon fork
16k miles

What's a good/fair price (give me a range, maybe). It's in very good condition.

Anything I should be concerned about?

Aug 4, 2003 8:31 AM
If I were to buy it I would probably replace the fork to be on the safe side.
re: What's this used Litespeed worth?african
Aug 4, 2003 9:09 AM
At first I thought $1000 but maybe a bit more depending on condition. It is titanium and it will hold up for a long long time, you should get years of use out of that bike.

Maybe $1000 - $1350

Look online at replacing that bike new. You will get more response if you tell us the condition of the bike - your budget and what you intend to use the bike for (racing, just fun).
Condition, use, etc.Schmed
Aug 4, 2003 9:35 AM
It's in very good condition - only some minor rub marks where the cables run past the head tube. The wheels are straight, etc.

I'm doing a 6-day ride in the mountains of Colorado next week and thought a good road bike would be better suited than my full-suspension mountain bike.

Here's my thinking:

- a road bike would be more comfortable and faster than my mountain bike
- if I buy it at a good price, and later decide that I don't use the road bike much, I'd like to be able to sell it for close to what I paid for it
- if I decide to keep it, I want it to be a good bike that'll hold up for years

I don't know what kind of market there is for 6 year old bikes - if there's not much demand, I don't want to pay a premium for this bike.

Also - is the Classic a good bike for long days (60-90 miles per day with quite a few 11,000+ foot passes?)

Condition, use, etc.african
Aug 4, 2003 10:24 AM
Yes, sounds worth just over $1000 to me for sure. And titanium you should be able to sell for close to what you paid for it, even more depending on if you find someone willing to pay.

I think the litespeed would be great for your ride, just make sure you are comfortable on the bike (the seat and positioning, get fit at a shop). Take a look at e bay, search for "litespeed" and then you get some idea of new and used bikes for sale there.

Is it such a good idea to use a new bike on such short notice on such a tough ride?

I own an older litespeed as well (catalyst 96) I have done a lot of miles on it, Iroman included and the bike was awesome.
Condition, use, etc.Schmed
Aug 4, 2003 10:56 AM
I, too, am wondering if I should switch bikes this close. I could bring both bikes (we have a SAG vehicle) in case this one is not comfortable.

Hmmmm. Lots to think about!
dont' do it.....african
Aug 4, 2003 11:02 AM
honestly don't swith bikes this close, you will hate the road bike and give it up. Rather ride the MTN bike and put thin tires on, go for comfort. It is like changing running shoes before a marathon or changing your surfboard before a contest - a no no.

Or better yet pose the question to this board about changing bikes so close before this ride and get some opinions on that.