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Discussion in 'Road & Cyclocross' started by moff_quigley, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    ...to consider getting this bike off ebay for $1547?



    Or maybe this one from www.bikesdirect.com for $1495

     

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  2. ire

    ire Turbo Monkey

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    Yes you are. I bet the frame is junk, the price covers the groupo

    Disclaimer: I've never owned one, nor do I know anyone who has
     
  3. James

    James Carbon Porn Star

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    You get what you pay for...
     
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    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    Aluminum frames kill. :monkey:
     
  5. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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  6. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    It's an alloy frame welded up in Taiwan like a lot of frames are. How bad could it be?

    Really just playing devil's advocate here--since I'd only be a part-time roadie anyway. I'd probably be way better off with a CX.
     
  7. MtnbikeMike

    MtnbikeMike Turbo Monkey

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    My first roadie was a Scattante with Ultegra that I got for $1k. The frame was probably very similar to either of those. The ride was stiff, but I made my way up to Cat 2 and did well in a few Pro/1/2 races.

    You do get what you pay for, and there were some shortcomings with the bike I had (wheels, tires, rim strips), but I lived.

    Here's a shot of said bike in action:

     
  8. James

    James Carbon Porn Star

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    Honestly, it's probably a decent frame, might be a bit stiff, but that's aluminum. If it's a good deal, and you go over it once you get it, might be worth it for you.
    You're not going to get the same support as if you bought through a shop, but then again you won't pay as much either...

    Also, I have NO IDEA how they're selling a complete Dura Ace bike for that much and making money. Must have super-low overhead.

    Edit: Ok, so Cane Creek brakes, KMC chain and an Ultegra cassette do help a lot.