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Old 05-12-11, 11:45 AM   #1
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What is a Trek 1200 Road Bike Worth

Hello, I was looking at buying a road bike for commuting and I was wondering if this Trek bike is worth $350 and if not then how much should I offer him. Thanks for your help.
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Its worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it.
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Old 05-12-11, 06:49 PM   #3
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I think thats too much for that bike, but it does look in nice shape and ready to ride.
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The Trek 1200 goes for about $1000 new (Canadian dollars) where I live. The ad doesn't say how old it is.
When my husband sold his three year old 'cross bike, he was advised to ask about 60% of what he'd paid new. If he'd kept it another year, he could have asked about 50%, so perhaps -10% per year? (Up to a point, of course. As nice as it would be to get a negative price, a bike has to be really decrepit before the seller is paying you to take it away. )

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Old 05-13-11, 06:27 AM   #5
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How much do you want downtube shifters?
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I have a bike of similar age and quality (with downtube shifters) that I paid 200 dollars for.
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I think thats too much for that bike, but it does look in nice shape and ready to ride.
The seller will be lucky to get half that.
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$175 if EVERYTHING works.
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It's pricey for an early '90's vintage bike, but it's definitely cheaper than you could get a modern equivalent for. What it has going for it is that it looks pretty clean and undinged, plus it appears that the wheelset stem and saddle were upgraded. You should try haggling.

Your primary concern should be whether or not the frame fits you - If not then don't waste your money.

A secondary concern was already addressed above - Are you willing to live with (or pay to upgrade) the downtube shifters?

Good luck man!
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Originally Posted by James827 View Post
I have a bike of similar age and quality (with downtube shifters) that I paid 200 dollars for.
When I saw it I thought of this price point immediately. Would venture 200.00 is more in line with it's worth. The saddle is after-market and WSD. I got the same saddle for my wife and ended up w/it on my recreational road bike. It's a great saddle. Not worth another 150.00, though.
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That is too much for that era of Trek 1200. I have a similar bike at home, that I've had since it was new. They have not made those gear parts since the 1980s.

Also, the rear drop-outs are too narrow for modern hubs, and since the frame is Aluminum, you can't just force a wider modern hub in there, without the danger of the frame cracking.

If your rear hub goes bad on a bike from that era, you often end up having to get someone to build you a new wheel around a 126mm hub. A decent build, with parts, for a rear wheel-hub combo around here starts around $220. Modern 135mm width hub/wheel combinations often go on sale starting at $130. Big difference.
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Old 05-14-11, 07:15 AM   #12
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That's late 80's early 90's. I commute on a similiar one daily and have put about 15K miles on it since I bought it for 2 cases of beer. Even though DT shifters, they will be indexed. I've built a new commuter and am selling my '88 Trek 1000 for $100. While that bike looks clean, it is overpriced. $150-$200max in my market.
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