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Old 08-16-05, 12:14 PM   #1
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Online Store?

Hello,

After a couple weeks of research I have decided to purchase a Trek Bruiser 1. Cheap and durable and I can replace the components as they break.

I went to the local bike shop and they had one for 369.

I'm not sure if that's a good price. Can you guys direct me to some nice online stores to help me compare the prices? This would also help my future bike component purchases so that I have at least a few places to compare prices from.

I tried pricepoint but they don't have something like a bruiser 1. Too low end for them I guess.

Thanks in advanced.
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Old 08-16-05, 06:48 PM   #2
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I doubt you'll find many, if not any, online dealers that are authorized to sell Trek bikes. From what I understand, Trek and other reputable bike brands only sell to local bike shops. That keeps them fancy and desireable and that way their bikes are assembled correctly. Just from a simple google search, it looks like $369 is a dang good price and considering you'll be able to take the bike in a couple times for free adjustments, as this is normally included in the price, then you're better off getting it from the LBS.

Keep an eye on the bikes on eBay for a few weeks. If you haven't had much experience with buying or selling on eBay, be especially careful. ie read the clauses with eBay and PayPal as to whether your money is backed by eBay or PayPal if the deal goes bust; and, read the description carefully. If the seller left out certain pieces of information, they probably did so on purpose, so ask them for more detail.

I bought my first real non-department store bike from a LBS, a Raleigh M20 (all bottom of the barrel components) for $220. A few months later it got stolen, and I got a Raleigh M50 (considerably better components; low miles; well taken care of) off of eBay for $170. If you compare the components between the M50 and the Bruiser, you'll notice the M50 has slightly better componenets. More for less. Check out eBay for a few weeks and you might find something better for less.

As far as components go, I know JensonUSA and Nashbar are good, but there are others. I got a Shimano Deore FD for $5.00 from Jenson. I've seen this topic discussed in the forums before.
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Old 08-16-05, 07:06 PM   #3
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Trek doesn't sell anywhere else but a retail store.... That keeps their prices up. I will NEVER buy a Trek bicycle (even for $1.00) because they SUCK... Period.

Try another brand, any brand in fact, to spend your hard earned $$$$ on....
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there are very few online retailers that sell complete bikes. beyondbikes.com does and i think supergo.com does also. but if all you doing is looking for a comparison this isnt the best place to look. online retailers buy large quantities of stuff so they buy it at a discout price and then they can afford to sell cheap because of the large volume of sales they have.
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Trek doesn't sell anywhere else but a retail store.... That keeps their prices up. I will NEVER buy a Trek bicycle (even for $1.00) because they SUCK... Period.

Try another brand, any brand in fact, to spend your hard earned $$$$ on....
is this true people? come on help me out here. now i'm scared again. i'm so nervous buying a bike that psychologically i feel that i need experienced riders to tell me, "yes, that's a good purchase."

if i try this bike out and i like it, i'm going to buy it. especially since "feel" is everything. but it's not everything. what if it's some bike that nobody even likes or buys and i'm the idiot that feels good in it and purchasing it.

i like the look of the frame a lot. it's grown on me. i like the color. i feel like i can use it for what i want. riding around the city and to school and jumping off staircases. i feel like i can just upgrade the components as they break. from what i read the frame is real tough and won't break.

bottomline, i just want to know that this isn't one of those "ew, you got one of those?" bikes.

is it good for me?
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I only like their new bikes. The session series. Otherwise I don't buy trek.
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i dont understand. what's so bad about them? is it going to break on me or something? is it slow? what is it?
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i dont understand. what's so bad about them? is it going to break on me or something? is it slow? what is it?
Most of it is the fact that they don't "feel" right to some people (myself included) I know several people who absolutely adore their Treks and have no issues with them. However (as with most companies) there is a group of people who are highly vocal in their opposition to the brand for whatever reason be it totally justified or not.

The bottom line is this buying a bike (especially a hardtail) is 80% FEEL (as in the bike is comfortable and handles well as far as you're concerned) and 20% everything else (components, brand etc) as long as you're going with a quality brand (which Trek is) you're fine.
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