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I was browsing around my LBS this afternoon, as you do, because I'm in the market for my first road/tri bike, and they have a secondhand softride roadwing for sale. They think it's a small frame size, and I would have to raise the beam near to the top of it's range (I'm 5'10' and told I need a 55-56cm bike). I don't know how old it is, but it's specced out as follows:
Wheels - Winkel Wheel tried and true.
Tyres - specialised Team Turbo 700x23c
Cranks - Synchroniser
Front cogs - Equaliser
Brakes - Shimano Super SLR RX100
Derailier - Front - Shimano RX100, Rear - Shimano 105 (8 speed)
Stem - Bianchi
Fork - Kinesis road-D
Saddle - Specialised BG7
They're asking $750 for it. Can anyone tell me a bit more about the equipment on it, whether it's a reasonable buy, and whether it's a reasonable road/tri bike, as it would be my first.
If the frame is a small - it is to small for you. You would need a Medium / Large frame. Any bike that is not the right size is not a good deal, no matter what price.
What if the Hokey Pokey is what it is all about?
Thanks, I was worried about that. I think I'll be getting a bike built from chucksbikes.com. At least I'll be getting all new components and a frame that's the right size.
If they don't know if it's a small frame then they're not experts. Either be an expert or buy from one.
Regarding Chucksbikes, I've had really good luck with him. He has good stuff at great prices and stands behind his products.
But make sure you get the right size bike - his medium and large Tsunami tri bikes have 56 cm and 58 cm toptubes. That's pretty long and explains why he is sold out of smalls.
Hi, thanks for all the advice. I've made the decision to go with a chuck's bike. The tsunami alu frame ( really can't see the titanium being worth the extra money at this stage ) and have opted to go for a full 105 setup (brakes, cranks, cogs, derailiers etc), with dura ace shifters. Total cost will be $800 shipped.
I figured that by going with the better components all round, I leave myself an upgrade path for wheels etc in the future, or can transfer everything to a better frame with a fairly low upgrade cost. Everything I've seen in the tri bike line with full 105 etc has been oover $1400, so I think it's spanking deal.
I want to put it all together myself (never done that before, but I used to repair my motorbikes), so that I can learn how it's built and be better able to tweak/repair it in the future, so I'll be buying a book and trying to rope in a couple of knowlegable triathletes locally for a beer and build up party.
I'll post something when I'm done.
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