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    Another newbie question - Is this a good deal on a Schwinn Fastback?

    Hello and thanks for putting up with another newbie question,

    I have been spinning for almost two years now and I've finally decided to take it to the road for reals. Keep in mind that I am a college student and can hardly afford to go out and buy a road bike on a whim, especially one that will cost me more than 600 dollars. I was looking at entry-level bikes and came across a Schwinn Fastback with the following specs

    * Frame: Schwinn Super Butted N'Litened Gold Label aluminum frame
    * Fork: Black Label composite carbon fiber fork
    * Crankset: Truvativ Elita 2.1 alloy with 52-42-30 7075 outer, Cr-Mo inner
    * Front derailleur: Shimano Tiagra 31.8 down-pull
    * Rear derailleur: Shimano Tiagra SS short cage
    * Shifters: New Shimano Tiagra STI
    * Freewheel: SRAM PG-950 9-sp 12-26T
    * Chain: KMC Z-9000 super narrow
    * Rims: Alex R500 semi aero 28h ft/32h rr
    * Tires: Schwalbe Lugano 700x23
    * Frame: UCP Brass
    * Front brake: Tektro RX-40 dual-pivot caliper
    * Rear brake: Tektro RX-40S single-pivot caliper
    * Brake levers: Shimano Tiagra STI
    * Bars: Road-tuned 31.8 alloy
    * Stem: Road-tuned, forged 31.8 clamp
    * Headset: FSA integrated, sealed
    * Saddle: Selle San Marco Ponza
    * Seat post: Schwinn forged / CNC with Cr-Mo Allen bolt

    for 380 dollars...Good deal or not? I don't know too much about bike parts right now, but I am hoping for a long term investment. Of course, I would eventually like to upgrade parts and what not when I've got the money, but for now I'd like a lot of bike for my money. Any input would be much appreciated.

    Thanks a lot!

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    If it's not a 2007.5 or 2008 model, do not get it. They had the worst designed rear triangle setup. You had to completely remove the skewer to get the rear wheel off and on. Not cool.

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    Thank you iliveonnitro. Assuming it is at least a 2007.5 model, the price on it is pretty tempting right?

    I am still looking around, but more input would be great!

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    If it's your size, it sounds like an excellent deal.

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    If it is your size, that sounds like a really good deal. I wouldn't take it for $50 if it had the skewer problem, though (and I've been offered).

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