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Old 05-05-09, 06:10 AM   #1
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Why do you think that so many virtually new Specialized Transitions are for sale?

I have always loved the look of the new breed of Specialized Transition TT bikes. I am amazed at how many appear for sale used that are barely used. For example, two recent eBay listings had one with just 25 miles and the other allegedly with zero miles. Why do you suspect that so many are sold, and sold so quickly?
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Because many tryathletes barely ride their bikes...
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Because many tryathletes barely ride their bikes...
Well, the bikes are used by not only triathletes, but also roadies who compete in time trials. This area is full of triathletes and they ride their bikes constantly - of course these are good triathletes.

The bikes seem to come up for sale soon after being built. In both recent cases the sellers were not triathletes.
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I believe its "triathlete"
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My guess would be that it took so long for them to originally be available after ordering that people found new bikes in the interim. I know that's happened to several people on slowtwitch.
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Well, the bikes are used by not only triathletes, but also roadies who compete
in time trials.
This statement has no bearing on how often / how many miles these bikes get ridden. Time trials tend to be, what, 40km max?
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This statement has no bearing on how often / how many miles these bikes get ridden. Time trials tend to be, what, 40km max?

And this has no bearing on my original question - not an unusual phenomenon here!
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I believe its "triathlete"
I believe it was a joke.
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And this has no bearing on my original question - not an unusual phenomenon here!

i know everytime i buy a new truck it seems like everyone else has the same truck. are you looking to buy one of these bikes?...that might explain it .

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i know everytime i buy a new truck it seems like everyone else has the same truck. are you looking to buy one of these bikes?...that might explain it .

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I have loved them since this particular version of the Transition came out, and yes I am interested in potentially buying one.
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And this has no bearing on my original question - not an unusual phenomenon here!
Sure it does. People buy bikes, don't ride them much, decide they don't need it anymore, and sell it. TT/triathlon bikes more so than road bikes.

There may be many serious triathletes in your area but that doesn't mean that there aren't also many who aren't. There is a romantic notion of doing tirathlons, it attracts newbies at a much greater rate than road racing. Beginner triathletes often go from nothing to "all in" gearwise, realize they are in over their heads, and give up... It happens to road cyclists too of course, but there is only one sport to get gear in, and not as much focus on the equipment...
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Because many tryathletes barely ride their bikes...
100% correct. And roadies that buy TT bikes (like me) don't put a ton of miles on them. I use mine, but it only really gets ridden <1,000 miles/year.
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As has already been stated, "try-athletes" that go all in can attribute for some of them. Then, amongst those that do ride tt's, their tt bike see's pretty minimal mileage when compared to their road bike. The only folks I see putting many miles on a tt/tri specific frame are those triathlete's that don't have a second road bike for training. Then, add in the late delivery compared to order acceptance and you may have a few more.

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Sure it does. People buy bikes, don't ride them much, decide they don't need it anymore, and sell it. TT/triathlon bikes more so than road bikes.

There may be many serious triathletes in your area but that doesn't mean that there aren't also many who aren't. There is a romantic notion of doing tirathlons, it attracts newbies at a much greater rate than road racing. Beginner triathletes often go from nothing to "all in" gearwise, realize they are in over their heads, and give up... It happens to road cyclists too of course, but there is only one sport to get gear in, and not as much focus on the equipment...
You have a good point. It seems however that the bikes I am seeing are being sold by people very active in selling bike stuff - not just Joe roadie/triathlete bike rider. I'm probably just reading too much into the high number for sale that are hardly used or not used as is one of the ones for sale. I can understand the high number of Cervelo P3 bikes based on the incredible number of them sold over the years and the fact that many want to upgrade to the new, and allegedly faster p4.
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You have a good point. It seems however that the bikes I am seeing are being sold by people very active in selling bike stuff - not just Joe roadie/triathlete bike rider. I'm probably just reading too much into the high number for sale that are hardly used or not used as is one of the ones for sale. I can understand the high number of Cervelo P3 bikes based on the incredible number of them sold over the years and the fact that many want to upgrade to the new, and allegedly faster p4.
I agree with Ed, you are seeing them because you are looking for them. Combined with the fact that TT/tri bikes just don't get the miles put on them like road bikes, and there you go.
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This is why I haunt the Slowtwitch classifieds even though I haven't done a tri in ages...
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On ebay, "zero miles" means it was a demo bike and "barely ridden" means it has logged miles in the quadruple digits.
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On ebay, "zero miles" means it was a demo bike and "barely ridden" means it has logged miles in the quadruple digits.
I was scrolling down, about to say the same thing. And now I did.

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All very good points - thanks.
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