Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: New Orleans, LA
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My LBS is Full of It...What Should I Do?
First off...went to LBS this past Sat. to check out bikes for the GF. I was checking out 2 bikes in there. A Giant Rincon and a Giant Canyon, both of which were selling for $499. I've since given up on the Canyon since it appears that the Giant Canyon should be a full suspension bike(this one WASN'T) and isn't even sold in the US(so why was it in my LBS for sale?). Don't know what's going on there with that bike, but I don't even wanna bother with it since no one can seem to tell me if it's a decent bike for $499.
I like the Rincon, but it is listed for $499 as well. It had an alivio rear derailleur, while the Canyon had deore(also confused me since I was thinking the Canyon has better components for the same price as the Rincon). I checked Giant's site and see that their MSRP for the Rincon is $420, but also find that most people across the county are getting them cheaper than that as it's an 08 model and the 09's are in. What should I do? This is the only LBS in my city that sells Giant. Do I tell them I know what the MSRP is and it's $80 less than their asking? Do I offer them like $350 or $375 for the bike? Would this piss them off?
The salesguy was full of it too b/c he was telling me and the GF that deore components are made for mtn. bikes since their more durable and alivio components are for road and hybrid bikes. I didn't tell him that I knew that Alivio is just a cheaper level of Shimano componetry b/c I wanted to see what else he was gonna make up thinking that we were stupid.
I really hate to buy from this LBS, but I liked that Rincon and it's the only place to buy a Giant unless there is somewhere online that will ship.
BTW, the Rincon is a decent bike right? Comparable to a Specialized Hardrock, Trek 3900, etc?
Thanks for any help you guys can give me!!!