While test riding several bents this week I came across a 2000 model RANS Rocket. Just for kicks I gave it a test ride and was pretty impressed. It's not exactly what I'm looking for but if the price was right I would consider buying it to ride until I find something better and then keep it as a spare afterwards.
Although it has been hanging on the wall of an LBS for the last 4 years gathering dust they still consider it a new bike because it has never been sold and they only offered to discount it by $150.00.
I read the the review of the 2001 Rocket on bentrideronline.com and it appears that the 2001 had a few changes that would make the newer models the better choice. However, based on my past experience with this LBS I know if I go in with a fist full of greenbacks and make them an offer they may come off of the price some more.
Right now $850.00 doesn't sound like that good of a deal to me for a 4 year old, earlier version of the Rocket with a 7 speed cassette and dried out/ cracked tires. But if the price were right I would still consider it. Based on my description above what do you all think it is really worth?