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Old 10-29-05, 05:09 PM   #1
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5200 Trek??? Price Range for Used??

I found a 5200 Trek in superb condition and they're asking $1,500 for it. It has never been crashed or has any damage it has been sitting in a extra bedroom for three years almost and It has about 1,300 miles on it.
Does this sound like a good deal?
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You could have bought it new for $1800 on sale or year end clearance.
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You could have bought it new for $1800 on sale or year end clearance.
Are you talking about a year end sale on a 2005 bike? That's a real good deal. I haven't seen a 5200 for under $2000 at my local shops.

$1500 for a 3 year old bike with 1300 miles isn't too bad if the bike is in great condition and your friend is telling you the truth about 1300 miles.

Make sure the bike fits you properly. A low price on a bike that doesn't fit well is really a bad deal.
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Old 10-29-05, 06:23 PM   #5
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An excellent choice too. I love my 5200. The bike lives to go fast and seems to perform best at speeds over 18mph.
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Old 10-29-05, 06:39 PM   #6
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Are you talking about a year end sale on a 2005 bike? That's a real good deal. I haven't seen a 5200 for under $2000 at my local shops.

$1500 for a 3 year old bike with 1300 miles isn't too bad if the bike is in great condition and your friend is telling you the truth about 1300 miles.

Make sure the bike fits you properly. A low price on a bike that doesn't fit well is really a bad deal.
Did it read that way...But no, the bike he is looking at 3 years ago.
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It's a 2003 Trek 5200 with about 1,300. Is that truly a good deal? It has been taken care of very nicely.
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You could have bought it new for $1800 on sale or year end clearance.
That's a false statement.
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If you negotiate well, you can get a 5000 for 2K or less. Not a 5200.
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It's a 2003 Trek 5200 with about 1,300. Is that truly a good deal? It has been taken care of very nicely.
Do you think its a good deal? If so go for it, everyone has a different opinion of what a good deal is. I don't remember the 03 MSRP but I'd venture if it truely is taken care of you are getting a great deal
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That's a false statement.
That's what I thought. Thank You!
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The owner of a bike shop I know is selling it. It has been taken care of properly.
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I have read many of sydney's posts here, and he usually knows what he is talking about, particularly with regards to bike mechanics. However, in this case, I think he is off base. Epinions lists the suggested retail for a 2003 Trek 5200 as $2750. I can't see any bike store knocking almost $1,000 off that price. The profit margin on a new 5200 is probably less than half that amount.

Based on what similar bikes have been going for on eBay, I would say you are getting a fair deal, but not an unbelievable deal. As one of the other posters noted, be sure it fits. Also, at 15, you probably have some growing to do. If you are in between sizes, it might be wise to move up in size, rather than down.

One other thing to consider is the warranty. The Trek warranty only applies to the original owner. Seeing that you are dealing with a bike shop owner, you might be able to convince him to cover any warranty issues directly for a year or so.
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That's a false statement.
Actually, It isn't.
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Actually, It isn't.
I regret speaking with certainty. What I meant to say was that getting a new 5200 for $1800 (year end or otherwise) sounds impossible to me and inconsistent with what I've seen (having purchased a Trek 5000 at the end of 2004 and doing a lot of research and some decent negotiating).

Perhaps Sydney has seen otherwise and it seems otherwise to him.
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Actually, It isn't.
Why all this vague nonsense? Can you specify exactly when and where Trek 5200's were available brand new for $1800?
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Sydney... I will agree to disagree with your statement /opinion on how much you think you can get a 1-2 year old Trek 5200 with low miles for.

MINI Lance... I have both a 5200 and a 5000. $1500 is a very good price... IF... the bike is pristine. In "like new condition" and really appears to have the stated mileage on it. These bikes ride like a dream. I like them so much I have two of them. So if it's the right size and you like they way it rides, then snatch it up.

BTW I paid $1,600 for my 5200 used and it is in Mint shape. My 5000 is an 05 bought late in the season this year and I paid $2023 for it with a DA Front derailer upgrade. So $1500 for your 5200 seems about right.

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Sydney... I will agree to disagree with your statement /opinion on how much you think you can get a 1-2 year old Trek 5200 with low miles for.

MINI Lance... I have both a 5200 and a 5000. $1500 is a very good price... IF... the bike is pristine. In "like new condition" and really appears to have the stated mileage on it. These bikes ride like a dream. I like them so much I have two of them. So if it's the right size and you like they way it rides, then snatch it up.

BTW I paid $1,600 for my 5200 used and it is in Mint shape. My 5000 is an 05 bought late in the season this year and I paid $2023 for it with a DA Front derailer upgrade. So $1500 for your 5200 seems about right.

Good Luck.
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Mini,

A few months ago there was a thread about sharing ‘great purchases’ (I did a quick search and couldn’t find it) and as I recall the best deal for a new 5200 from a retailer was just under $2k. I was able to purchase my 04’ 5200 (MSRP $2,750) for $2k from a LBS that was discontinuing Trek (Rumor was Trek was dumping the LBS).

Anyway, $1,500 for a 03’ 5200 with low mileage in pristine condition sounds like a fair deal to me. Post pix if you end up purchasing her!
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Does it fit? That should be your #1 concern. Trek's are good bikes but tricky to fit.
The price seems a little high to me.

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Sydney... I will agree to disagree with your statement /opinion on how much you think you can get a 1-2 year old Trek 5200 with low miles for.

MINI Lance... I have both a 5200 and a 5000. $1500 is a very good price... IF... the bike is pristine. In "like new condition" and really appears to have the stated mileage on it. These bikes ride like a dream. I like them so much I have two of them. So if it's the right size and you like they way it rides, then snatch it up.

BTW I paid $1,600 for my 5200 used and it is in Mint shape. My 5000 is an 05 bought late in the season this year and I paid $2023 for it with a DA Front derailer upgrade. So $1500 for your 5200 seems about right.

Good Luck.
I have one and it''s far from my favorite.Guess that is where subjective opinion comes in.
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