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Saw Mavic Neutral Support Bike Today(8 posts)

Saw Mavic Neutral Support Bike TodayDY
Aug 11, 2003 5:21 PM
Was in Mission Valley today (San Diego) and I saw some guy riding what looked like one of the Mavic Support Bikes.

It was all yellow and it said Mavic on the seatpost.

Where in the heck did he get that?
re: Saw Mavic Neutral Support Bike TodayBruno S
Aug 11, 2003 8:48 PM
I believe Mavic supports some races in the U.S. Some bikes may get sold after the racing season is over. They are Cannondale bikes.
re: Saw Mavic Neutral Support Bike TodayDY
Aug 11, 2003 9:15 PM
That's funny. I thought it was a Cannondale when I first saw it. Then I saw the Mavic decal. Anyway, it was interesting.
re: Saw Mavic Neutral Support Bike TodayManBehindTheCurtain
Aug 12, 2003 6:49 AM
I posted this once before but am happy to repeat.

Last year all of the Mavic race support bicycles in the US were Independent Fabrication. I've got one. Carbon lover, when you rode in the Mavic car, you rode in a car that had my bike on top of it. According to Mavic, there were 5 bikes, one each in the 52, 54, 56, 58 and 60 cm frame sizes. Mavic sold off the Independent Fabrication bikes at the end of the season last year and I got the 56. I can post a picture if anyone is interested.

Not all of the identifying stickers have been removed. The IF banner on the downtube is covered over by a "SERVICE COURSES" banner (French for "race support") and then there are a couple of Mavic stickers on the top tube. But the sterling silver head badge is intact as is the IF crown logo on the chain stays and on the bottom of the seat tube. The bike is painted Mavic yellow.

Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel Special Edition steel, Chris King headset, Chorus shifters and levers, Mavic brakes, Record front derailer, Chorus rear derailer, Record crank, Chorus bottom bracket, Mavic SSC SL wheels, Michelin Pro Race Lite tires, Fizik saddle, Kore seat post, bars and stem, Time Millenium carbon fork, complete with a letter from Mavic authenticating that this bike rode on the top of the Mavic Neutral Support Team car at US pro races in 2002 including the San Francisco Grand Prix. They also threw in an extra set of tires and two pairs of socks. The bike has a couple of scratches but nothing serious and hey it is a used bike. Mavic estimated the bike had been ridden probably less than 200 miles when they sold it to me. But the last person before me to throw his leg over the top tube was a professional bike racer and I happen to think that that is pretty cool.

The price? $1800. The verdict? Very, very nice bike.
How did you purchase the bike?fracisco
Aug 12, 2003 7:23 AM
Did you just happen to be in the right place at the right time, or was it something that you pursued?
Where to buy?orange_julius
Aug 12, 2003 7:26 AM
Was it at a veloswap or something? I'm curious... TIA.
Aug 12, 2003 8:20 AM
Dead of winter e-bay. In fact, I first noticed the bike just minutes before the original auction closed. There were zero bids but also there were not enough details posted with the auction for me to be comfortable bidding on very short notice so I let it go. The next day I e-mailed Mavic and asked for more details. They responded with complete details about the bike and when it relisted a week later I jumped on the buy it now option.

In addition to e-bay, I later discovered that the 56 was also listed for sale in the classified ads on this site.

As I say, I have the 56 but later in the winter I noticed that the 58 sold on e-bay as a frame, fork and crankset only.
58 for sale on e-bay nowManBehindTheCurtain
Oct 30, 2003 6:30 PM
For those of you who have the forum sorted for most recent reply and who might be interested, the 58 is currently again for sale on e-bay.