Is this another ebay special?!

Westerberg Posts: 652
edited January 2010 in Road buying advice
..don't want to cast aspersions on the seller as maybe totally genuine but something strikes me as a bit fishy here. Might be the bargain of the year though!


  • edindevon
    edindevon Posts: 325
    I don't see that it's such a bargain with a starting price of £1800. In any case if you Google the number given you see it's for an equestrian dealer. Unless it's a really sophisticated front, it doesn't look dodgy as such.

  • Percy Vera
    Percy Vera Posts: 1,103
    Could be legit - the guy sells horses ... -10-132893
  • Edindevon wrote:
    I don't see that it's such a bargain with a starting price of £1800
    doh! I'd totally missed the fact it had a reserve. Maybe not such a bargain
  • nicensleazy
    nicensleazy Posts: 2,310
    Yes... it has got a touch of the fish shop about it!
  • dru
    dru Posts: 1,341

    Should it not just smell Horsey? The guy is also selling a £19500 Horse Box Van thingymebob :)
  • dodgy
    dodgy Posts: 2,890
    "full of Campag Chorus equipment" <-- eh?
    " selling for a friction of its true value" <-- What?

    I'd imagine someone selling a bicycle of that quaility would describe it rather better, and include a decent photograph!

    I wouldn't go near it with a bargepole.
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    It's a fair price, probably about half what it cost, but the Merak frame is a few years old and is in fact hydro-formed aluminium alloy main triangle with carbon fork, chain and seat stays. I don't think it's dodgy, just a buyer with a little knowledge.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Jaguar.
    Jaguar. Posts: 51
    "for more info please call" <-- sounds fair
    "Collect in person" <--- So you can see it before paying?

    Not the way I'd sell a bike and it might or might not be a bargain but they are not asking for western union transfers or whatever so it does seem a little harsh to assume it's in some way dodgy!
  • Slow Downcp
    Slow Downcp Posts: 3,041
    May be legit, but poor advert to try to sell a bike for £2k (although seems overpriced). Listed as carbon, when it's Alu, and as already said it is quite an old design - the Merak frames were originally £1,400 but can be picked up for a lot less than that now (I almost bought one two years ago new for £750)
    Carlsberg don't make cycle clothing, but if they did it would probably still not be as good as Assos