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Old 09-16-09, 01:31 AM   #1
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Best Time To Buy A New Bike?

G'day all!

For reference, and possibly to help with the answer to my question, I'll first provide some information about myself. I'm located in the Vancouver area of Canada. I'm 6'4", so when it comes to bikes, I need at least a 61cm (24") frame, though 62cm-63cm could fit as well.

Anyways, to celebrate my 40th birthday, I originally planned to buy myself a nice 52" HDTV, but about a month ago I decided, since I've been cycling again for about 9 months or so, to buy myself a new road bike to supplement the older steel road bike I rebuilt. This new bike will be for road riding only, not used at all for commuting purposes.

So, I've been shopping around and looking at a number of bikes in my price range. Cannondale, Trek, Opus and a couple of others, but my question is simple. What would be the best time to shop around for the best prices?

I figure it's coming up to the end of season up here (another month or two, I'm guessing) so there's the possibility things could start going on sale. Of course, because of my size requirements, there may not be anything on sale.

Should I go out and buy now, or wait a few weeks? Should I wait until the beginning of the 2010 season to see what leftovers go on sale then? Personally, I would love to get a bike in the next week or so, but due to scheduling won't be riding for at least a week anyway.

Thanks in advance for your valuable insight.

On another note, if anyone here is a rep for any bike manufacturers, I'm certainly open to discounts.

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Bikes I'm considering (feedback welcome)

Opus Allegro
Cannondale Six 6
'08 Cannondale Six13 (if I can find one in my size)
Trek '08 Trek Madone 5.2 (but definitely out of my budget)

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Old 09-16-09, 01:34 AM   #2
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Now to buy a leftover 2008. From there I'd say February to get a current model. Christmas is over then and shop owners have counted the till versus the bills in January ....
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Doubt there are all that many new 08s around, I'd say the 09s may be a good shot as the 2010s (at least for Trek) seems to be selling already. Logic would also say Dec. may be a good bet, chances are that is a bike shops slowest season (in areas that have very different seasons).
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I got my bike for 10% off my bike because they were getting rid of the 09s and making space for the 10's. I have such an urge to say "0 10's." If you can find any models a year or so old that the bike shop hasn't been able to sell, they lower the price a bit.
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Now's as good o' time as any. Waiting 'till the holiday season you may find the stores themselves are busy. the chances of them having a bike you like will decrease, not increse with time. The season for purchasing is long over. bikes that are very large or small are often the ones they get stuck with. the mid-size, being the most sought after are the ones they run out of, unless of course they ordered heavy. Time utily is important, the more use you get out of anything, the greater the value.
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I noticed that Jamis still posts views of its '08s on its website for many of its bikes. I take that as a sign they are still around.
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I noticed that Jamis still posts views of its '08s on its website for many of its bikes. I take that as a sign they are still around.
I can see your logic but Jamis routinely sells out every year the past few , they've always archived models on the site. Some stores have leftovers but it's not common. The OP would be wise though to check the site for imfo. overall, a good site and good bikes.
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Boxing Day => Winter season. Year end quota. Old models.
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FWIW, my personal knowledge is about 9 years old so it's possible things have changed but I doubt it.

Bread and butter bikes, the ones bike shops sell in the biggest quantities, are rolled out whenever the factory can no longer ship out a complete size run. That generally happens in June or July. If that's the kind of bike you are looking for, now is the time to shop for last years model.

Cutting edge bikes are generally not introduced until after the Interbike Trade Show. I think that's because the component manufacturers don't want the public to see their new products before the trade show.
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If you wait to buy it, you're missing out on riding it
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