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Hi all, so I've know someone who's selling a GT grade carbon with the following spec -

Sram Rival 2X10 set up
Sram Force/Apex brake/gear levers
Fulcrum Sport disc wheel set
Pro XCR stem
Pro carbon seat post
Hayes MX5 disc brakes set

Excuse my ignorance but what's going on with the spec? Has this been a donor bike and these are the leftover parts?

I don't have enough knowledge to make out what the spec is. Not sure about those brakes.

Asking price is £750. Frame is described as excellent condition. But what is this actually worth?

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mart85 [15 posts] 9 months ago
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Here are some pics

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mart85 [15 posts] 9 months ago
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Asking for advice - interesting deal to be had or wouldn't touch with a barge pole?

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peted76 [1128 posts] 9 months ago
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Wow. 

I think you've nailed this with your first sentence. It's a 'Frankenbike'. 

This 'bike' as you see it is functional yes, but it's a million miles away from a spec that anyone would buy.

Someone's had all the bits off this frame and put them elsewhere.. they have then begged, borrowed and fudged the rest of it with cheap bits to make it into a 'functional' bike. You can buy a carbon GT Grade with Tiagra and matching bits for £999 - I bet the frame is the same.

Also the bars are higher than the saddle, so it's not been done by someone who knows anything about road bikes.

 

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Simboid [142 posts] 9 months ago
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Looks like they've bought the wrong size bike (Grades are very big), been unable to take it back and either sold off the parts or put them on another bike.

Either that or they got a deal on the wrong sized frame and put other mismatched bargains on it.

Avoid. Get a new one at around 40% off with a full warantee and interest free credit, way less hassle.

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alansmurphy [1851 posts] 9 months ago
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It may be a Frankenbike but I don't see a problem comparing it to the Grade Tiagra Peted76, depending on the condition of the bike obviously.

 

The wheels and discs are probably about the same quality, the seatpost and stem a slight upgrade, not sure how the rival drivetrain compares to tiagra, probably not much in it.

 

The 2017 GT Grade AL is where I'd compare, one is new at £750 and the other is second hand. The AL has 11 speed 105 whereas the second hand is a carbon frame.

 

Very much depends on what you want to use it for, condition and size - or if you could drop it another £100 then it's a bit of a steal...

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peted76 [1128 posts] 9 months ago
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alansmurphy wrote:

It may be a Frankenbike but I don't see a problem comparing it to the Grade Tiagra Peted76, depending on the condition of the bike obviously.

 

The wheels and discs are probably about the same quality, the seatpost and stem a slight upgrade, not sure how the rival drivetrain compares to tiagra, probably not much in it.

 

The 2017 GT Grade AL is where I'd compare, one is new at £750 and the other is second hand. The AL has 11 speed 105 whereas the second hand is a carbon frame.

 

Very much depends on what you want to use it for, condition and size - or if you could drop it another £100 then it's a bit of a steal...

I agree with alan, although you'd have different shifters, it's not a 'bad spec' per se..

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kil0ran [989 posts] 9 months ago
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Are you used to SRAM shifting? I had it for a while (Force group) and absolutely hated it. Constant fettling of front mech required and unreliable shift response from the levers, particularly in winter gloves. Brakes on this are also pants.

You could probably build your own from bits off eBay for less. Frankenbikes can be cool (my dry bike is a parts bin special) but usually only when you've built it yourself...

 

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alansmurphy [1851 posts] 9 months ago
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There's one other buyer beware!

 

What kind of person drops the stem down the steerer fork but leaves it angled up rather than flipping the stem?!?!

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DrJDog [472 posts] 9 months ago
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alansmurphy wrote:

There's one other buyer beware!

 

What kind of person drops the stem down the steerer fork but leaves it angled up rather than flipping the stem?!?!

 

It's a stiffer arrangement to get the same height on the bars.

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alansmurphy [1851 posts] 9 months ago
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Blimey, i thought it was just to look awful!

 

You lern summat knew every days.