Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Trek 311
Bikeforums.net is a forum about nothing but bikes. Our community can help you find information about hard-to-find and localized information like bicycle tours, specialties like where in your area to have your recumbent bike serviced, or what are the best bicycle tires and seats for the activities you use your bike for.
12-18-10, 12:24 PM
Looking to buy it as an xmas present for my brother and I'm wondering if $275 is a legit price. It seems a little steep.
12-18-10, 06:42 PM
It's not uncommon to see steel Treks going for $200 and up. Steel Treks are considered very desirable. Yes, $275 seems a little high, but not outrageous. Try a little negotiation, but be prepared to spend $225 or more. Also, take into account that small frames, like that one, sell for a premium.
BTW, I'm assuming your brother is really short or a youngster because that is a very small frame for shorter folks.
EDIT: After looking up this bike on the internet, ( vintage_trek.com ) I would point out to the owner, this is one of the less desirable of the steel Treks. Still an Ishiwata Magny X frame is pretty nice. Also noticed that the bike is supposed to be near mint, that will raise the value if it is true.
Yep, that is a steep price, particularly this time of year. I have typically sold similar Treks in the middle of bike riding season in the $175 to $200 range (better models go for more, but the 311 is the bottom). I am not a big fan of the Magny frame material, tends to be on the porky end (heavy) of the tubing spectrum.
+1 Small bikes sell for a premium, so $225 might be possible, assuming you really need a small bike. Finding such smaller frame bikes can take a while, so finding a good one might be worth paying more for the convenience (how much time do you want to spend looking?)
12-21-10, 03:30 PM
I would say that about $200 would be tops for that bike. It is well made, but the original asking price is way too high.
12-21-10, 04:04 PM
I may as well add my 2 cents...
If the bike actually is in "like new" condition, it is worth as much as $250. (Just be advised that sellers do lie a lot about condition).
It may not be a high end Trek from that era, but all those old Treks are pretty darn good.
- Also, this is a VERY small frame, which can bring a premium when it finds the right buyer.
So if it is not too small for your brother, I would go check it out, and see if you can bargain it down a bit.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.1.12 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.