Orbea Avant going cheap - but is it too small

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by 8mph, 9 Dec 2018.

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  1. 8mph

    8mph Senior Member

    Location:
    Devon
    I have a chance to buy an Orbea Avant - Full Carbon - Ultegra Di2 (2017) Only has 40 odd miles on it. I'm 6ft, the frame is a tiny 53cm. The price is ridiculously cheap £500
     
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Sounds suss and way too small for you to boot. Why would you consider spending £500 on something you can't ride unless you plan to strip for parts.

    For any suitably sized similar bike, ask to see the receipt. If it can't be provided - any genuine seller selling such a bike would have the receipt to hand or be able to go back to the retailer to request a copy - run away.
     
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  3. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Location:
    Portsmouth
    Far too small for you, even if it's legit. Not even a pro of your height would ever ride that small a frame!
     
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  4. OP
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    8mph

    8mph Senior Member

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    Devon
    OK, thanks. Can I just clarify that the bike is not stolen.
     
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Fair enough, you know the seller?

    Might be worth buying for the parts I feel you have a suitable frame for transplant or the funds to get one
     
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  6. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Not really if it's no good for you :smile:
     
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    8mph

    8mph Senior Member

    Location:
    Devon
    It's an interesting idea, full Ultegra di2 groupset and a frame to sell on.
     
  8. OP
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    8mph

    8mph Senior Member

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    Devon
    I've just checked on the Orbea Site which uses hight and inseam - They recommend size 51
     
  9. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    For 6ft? What random bit of the bike do they use to measure?

    What height is the seller? Can you test ride it?
     
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  10. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    51 my erse, I've sat on them and 56 would be pushing it for you.
     
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  11. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Location:
    Portsmouth
    I concur. 51? You must have got a measurement wrong there. I'm 5ft 10, my Litespeed (a ML) has 550mm top tube length, 515mm seat tube centre to top. A 51cm Avant? 470mm seat tube, 533mm top tube. No way that could suit you properly.
     
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  12. OP
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    8mph

    8mph Senior Member

    Location:
    Devon
    God knows how they came up with 51cm but that's what the site says. The seller is 6.2 - I'm 6ft and half an inch. I'm going to ask for a test ride and I'll ask to see a receipt. From what he says, he took it for a couple of rides and decided to get a mountain bike instead. The bike has been at his workplace for the last year.
     
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  13. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    The cyclesurgery site says 55cm for a 6 footer, albeit that's the alu one although can't see the geometry being different
     
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  14. OP
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    8mph

    8mph Senior Member

    Location:
    Devon
    There seems to be a hitch in any case. I asked if he had kept the battery charged and found out that it DOESN'T have wireless shifting. I'm hunting down the model online which is proving tricky. Think I'll take a look though and see if it's pristine. He says it was bought from a UK Orbea dealer and fits him. I wonder if there will be any more surprises.
     
  15. midlife

    midlife Veteran

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