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Old 07-26-08, 05:11 AM   #1
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1993 Trek 520 on e-bay

Hi all, just wondering what everyone thought of this bike I found on E-bay. What would you be willing ot pay for it? Sometimes stuff on e-bay sells for WAY over what its worth so I didnt want to over bid! I was thinking about buying a new LHT until I saw this baby. Any thoughts? I realize that someone from here might bid on the bike but I would rather take that chance and get a second opinion about the bike rather than get ripped off. Thanks!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=310068575640
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Old 07-26-08, 09:18 AM   #2
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I'd say given that a new trek 520 goes for 1200, comes with a lower quality rear rack, no fenders, and a seat that you'd probably replace before hitting the road anyways, that seems like a good deal. Though, with nine hours left the price could skyrocket up to a significantly less good deal.
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Old 07-26-08, 11:51 AM   #3
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What would you be willing to pay for it up to the point where it would be better to just buy a new LHT?

$600?
$700?
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Old 07-26-08, 01:00 PM   #4
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I seriously thought about bidding on this one. In fact, I did place one bid early in the auction. But I already have a good rack, and the gears on the front crankset don't thrill me for loaded touring. I placed the Surly LHT on order earlier this week. My LBS is swapping out some components to make it just the way I want it. (Schwalbe Marathon tires, KoolStop brake pads, fenders, Brooks saddle, aerobars)

Plus the LHT comes with 26" tires. That may be a downer for some, but not for me. I need to toe clearance once I get fenders installed on a 54cm frame, plus I can buy the tires almost anywhere in the world if I ever get to do any "real" touring. The LHT also has lower gearing.

But either way, that Trek 520 is a NICE looking bike. If I were bidding on it, I'd probably go to about $600 or so. But consider you have to ship it as well.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

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all I know is I had the same bike sans the fenders and rear rack at a local Bike shop here, and it took me begging someone to take it for $250, next time I flip it..

had NO idea, they would go for that much

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Deal on a 520?
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$766 plus shipping seems to be a little high for that bike, in light of the fact that you could get a brand new LHT for $930 from a certain mail order place. You can get fenders and a rack for about the cost of the saddle you would need for the 520.
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I really liked that bike. Deore DX is similar in quality to XT, IMHO, and a similar quality bike would cost well over a grand. THe hubs can be repacked, chainrings replaced, and its like a new super high quality bike.
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Old 07-27-08, 11:03 AM   #8
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Sometimes stuff on e-bay sells for WAY over what its worth....
Actually that's the beauty of ebay; items sell for exactly what they are worth.

Looks like a beautiful lugged bike and with much better tubing than a LHT. DX was great stuff. Whoever won that auction did pretty well.
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sounds like it sold for a price that both the seller & buyer are mutually happy with.

one thing, the seller certainly knows how to sell a bike on ebay (clear; comprehensive description, many clear and high quality pictures of most (all) parts of the bike.)

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Old 07-28-08, 08:13 AM   #10
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Here's a 520 that I picked up recently on e-bay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ayphotohosting
Some thought I paid a bit much, but it's all relative - I wanted a nice lugged steel frame (this one's like new, and is a '93), and wanted to be riding instead of putting one together. I already had Jandd Expedition racks, a better saddle, etc. - I couldn't be happier with the deal!
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I was watching that too. I have a 1997 Trek 520 but I would love a lugged steel one. Honestly though I would have only bid up to about $500. Obviously that is a good reason why I do not have one. This one seems to be worth more. I only paid a few hundred for my 520 on CL though.
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This bike was calling out to me (and all the components were new). I picked up the bike - no shipping costs or damage in shipping (unlike my C-dale), and the seller threw in a nice set of panniers.
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