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Is a used aluminum frame good at any price?(7 posts)

Is a used aluminum frame good at any price?Bonked
Dec 1, 2003 11:11 AM
have been thinking about building up a race bike and have found some pretty good alu frames on ebay for not that much (i.e. a pinarello prince for $750, a de rosa merak for under $600). however, i also know what i have heard about used alu frames but, having never ridden one, i was just wondering about your a great,used alu frame for cheap a good deal or should i spend a few bucks more on a new frame?

we all ride used bikesDougSloan
Dec 1, 2003 11:53 AM
Unless you bought it 2 minutes ago, it's a used bike. We all ride used bikes. Either used by us or someone else, what's the difference? Don't know why aluminum would be different than any other bike, either. I'd be just as concerned about a 2.0 pound carbon, steel, or Ti bike as a 2.0 pound aluminum bike.

I'd bet you can save more than "as few bucks" buying used. My experience is that you get only about half the price new when selling a 1 year old bike in great condition. That could be a lot of money saved.

I would just stipulate in the purchase agreement that you have x days to inspect and reject the goods, then have a shop or knowledgeable person inspect it.

re: Is a used aluminum frame good at any price?russw19
Dec 1, 2003 12:05 PM
Like Doug said, everyframe is used... just how used is a different story. Sure you can get some good deals on used bikes or frames. Just make sure you know what you are getting. Some people trash bikes, some people baby them. Ask lots of questions when buying used. If the seller can answer most of them, they are probably the type that knows their bike... and it's my experience that sellers that know their bikes more often than not take care of them better.

As for those two bikes you mentioned... I am not sure what type of rider you are or how you ride, but they are vastly different frames. The Merak is an Ultralight frame, not as light as the climb specific UD, but still a lightweight frame and Derosa doesn't recommend it to riders over 165 pounds. The Prince on the other hand was designed to be an all day bike. It's a stage race bike that is overbuilt if you ask me. But it doesn't have a rider weight limit either. The Merak would be a good all day bike too, just not for bigger riders... but then lighter riders may find the Prince too heavy and also too stiff.

I don't know if those are the only two frames you are looking at, but you should try to ride them somewhere first before you buy them on ebay if you are unsure of the ride of each.

Correction about the Merakrussw19
Dec 1, 2003 12:12 PM
I think I could be wrong about the suggested weight limits... I think the Merak may be 180 lbs. and it's the UD that was 165. But I can't find that info now...

Here I am, 7000 miles later...Scot_Gore
Dec 1, 2003 1:22 PM
...on an AL frame purchased sight/unseen over the internet and still here to write about it (happily write about, for that matter)

I should add...Scot_Gore
Dec 1, 2003 1:25 PM
I did what Doug suggested above, I required a 48 hour inspection period before the seller could get the funds out of escrow. In that time, I took it to the shop for an inspection for damage, defect, or misrepresentation.

good luck

same as used carbon or steel or..dotkaye
Dec 1, 2003 3:51 PM
avoid the superlight frames, make sure it hasn't been crashed, and you should be fine. I've been racing a Trek 2500 alu fram I bought here secondhand four years ago, did Triple Bypass on it this year, no problems at all.