General Cycling Discussion - When can the best deal be had?
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07-08-02, 09:41 AM
When do the next year's models start rolling in and what month(s) of the year is usually the best time to buy? I hear from one LBS that the 2003's are starting to come in from Cannondale.
The entry level stuff from most manufacturer's are coming in now. The performance to race level stuff by the end of Interbike.
07-08-02, 09:47 AM
When is Interbike? Forgive me but this is my first season into cycling. I'm interested in picking up a 2002 at the best possible moment which is, I assume, when the market get's flooded with 2003's. What months might that be?
That is OK!
By the way I used to live in Lake Worth and Boynton Beach.
07-08-02, 10:21 AM
Interbike is in October.
When the 2003 bikes arrive depends on the bike and the manufacturer. I have gotten some very good deals in August; on the other hand, I have been shut out of getting bikes I wanted because they sold out in my size nationwide in the Spring and there would be no more until the first production run of the next model year.
It's been my experience that the high-volume models based on Taiwanese frames tend to go on clearance first. And of course the leftovers tend to be very small and very large size frames, which could be a real boon to someoneone who needs one. (The downside is that some shops go to extraordinary and sometimes, IMO, unethical lengths to convince buyers that "we can make it fit, no problem").
It's also been my experience that while the savings on clearance bikes can seem significant -- getting a $750 bike for $600 is hard to pass up -- it's even more important to resist "near-fits" when shopping for bargains. If the bike is perfect, the extra $150 you might have spent will ultimately seem trivial. If the bike doesn't fit, and causes discomfort or pain, it won't be ridden, and you won't have saved $150 -- you'll have wasted $600.
Most of the good bike shops I've dealt with are willing to look around their networks for the right bike in the right size. If it's a leftover, you'll still get the clearance price.
07-09-02, 11:02 AM
if I am out to get some very good deal, I would wait until late fall or during the winter time to buy my cycling stuff, like two years ago was able to buy a Magturbo trainer for $115.00, and its brand new, , hold on to your mooolaah, and try making some deals in late fall or during the winter time:) :)
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