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Old 03-28-10, 09:17 AM   #1
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Trek 500 series pricing question

I'm looking to buy a used road bike, and found a really nice Trek 500 series from the early 80s. The bike has been completely refurbished and is in great condition. The asking price is $575, which seems steep but the seller said that to find a great road bike for my size is difficult ( I'm 5'2). Is this price too high?
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Old 03-28-10, 09:30 AM   #2
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Hi Katie, I just sold my 500 Series, a 49 cm for $275. I'm in the Boston market so maybe I could have gotten a bit more but I know I couldn't have sold it for $575. But I wish!

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Way too high. Small frames sell for a premium, bike might bring $300 if it is immaculate/perfect and ready to ride.
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$225.
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+1 on way too high. It better have Dura Ace STI, modern wheels, components and 9 speed for that price and look like it's never been ridden. Also a 500 Series Trek could be a 500 w/ 6 speed Helicomatic or a 560 w/ 7 speed SIS and higher end components.

I sold a 1987 Trek 560, Reynolds 531 w/ Shimano 105 for $325 recently. Fully tuned w/ new tires, cables and bar tape.
Early 80's might have Reynolds 501 tubing and a very nice riding bike. Maybe the seller meant 2 bikes for $575. That would be more reasonable.
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"5 series" is somewhat of a mixed bag for Trek and has different kind of bikes models, which, to add to complexity vary from year to year both on frame composition and component level.

520 are touring bikes
560 (and 560EX) are racing bikes and at some point were the top of the line Trek racing bikes with 600 components, while at another point there were mid-entry
510 was a "sports" bike that yet for a couple of years came with Campy components (Victory or Triumph, cannot remember)

So really, year and model (or a picture) are fairly important to answer this, but I would agree $5xx is too much
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Maybe $250 range. $575 is absolutely nuts. You should be able to find other bikes in your size, reasonably priced.
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"5 series" is somewhat of a mixed bag for Trek and has different kind of bikes models, which, to add to complexity vary from year to year both on frame composition and component level.

520 are touring bikes
560 (and 560EX) are racing bikes and at some point were the top of the line Trek racing bikes with 600 components, while at another point there were mid-entry
510 was a "sports" bike that yet for a couple of years came with Campy components (Victory or Triumph, cannot remember)
+1 And we don't have a build list, so who knows what it's worth? What if it's full Campy SR, or Record 10 speed ergo, or Dura Ace 10 speed, or a retro modern touring build with the works?
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