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Old 08-15-12, 02:57 PM   #1
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Buying a Used Trek 520 - Need a Valuation Please!

Hi Everyone!

I could really use some advice here. Looking to grab a good deal on my first touring bike! Here's some info:
  • 2010 model (purchased new)
  • Used for a single 1800 mile trip.
  • Comes equipped with: Panniers, heavy duty rear rack, odometer, tire guards, fenders, kick stand, 2 water bottle cages.

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So assuming you were in the market for a new touring bike, something you were looking to hold onto for a good while, what would this bike and its extras be worth to you?

Thanks,
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Old 08-15-12, 03:10 PM   #2
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Kinda depends on the price and whether it fits doesn't it?
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Old 08-15-12, 03:12 PM   #3
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Offer $700-$900

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Yeah, Fit is First. Price secondary.

New and outfitted, probably $1500 retail, plus $100 taxes. So $1600. You'd be getting a bargain @$900-1000. If mechanically sound. What's the seller asking for it?
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Listen to WILLIAM SHATNER go lower I would start at 600
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Fit is first and foremost. After that a bit more info on the included items would be helpful. What brand is the rack? What brand are the panniers?
These items make difference if you are planning on keeping the bike for a while. I am with zebede go low for starters. I can get a new Trek
520 out the door for just under a $1000. This one has 1800 on it maybe more. For starters the chain should be replaced as the stock one is a cost saver. Take a close look at the cassette and chainrings as well. Start low all the owner can say is no.
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I'm a believer in paying a fair price for a bike that's in very good condition and fits. I have bought several used frames over the past few years and always paid the asking price because they were fair and reasonable. I wouldn't hesitate to offer less, however, if the bike was priced higher than what I thought it was worth. Regarding that Trek 520, if it fit me and I was looking for a touring bike, I wouldn't hesitate to pay up to $1,000 if it fit me and was in good mechanical shape with no dents, rust or signs of misuse. You could easily spend much more than that for a built-up touring bike, even if starting with an inexpensive frame like a Surly LHT. Make sure and factor in the cost of parts you may have to replace, such as the stem and saddle.

I have also sold a fair number of frames, and nothing is more annoying than people who try to talk you down from a price that is fair and reasonable. I was selling a Merckx Corsa 01 frame in excellent condition for a very good price compared to what similar frames were selling for on eBay. The person who contacted me seemed to really, really want the frame but was trying to dicker me down. I ended up selling to another person who realized the value and the first guy lost out on an excellent deal.
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I'm a believer in paying a fair price for a bike that's in very good condition and fits. I have bought several used frames over the past few years and always paid the asking price because they were fair and reasonable. I wouldn't hesitate to offer less, however, if the bike was priced higher than what I thought it was worth. Regarding that Trek 520, if it fit me and I was looking for a touring bike, I wouldn't hesitate to pay up to $1,000 if it fit me and was in good mechanical shape with no dents, rust or signs of misuse. You could easily spend much more than that for a built-up touring bike, even if starting with an inexpensive frame like a Surly LHT. Make sure and factor in the cost of parts you may have to replace, such as the stem and saddle.

I have also sold a fair number of frames, and nothing is more annoying than people who try to talk you down from a price that is fair and reasonable. I was selling a Merckx Corsa 01 frame in excellent condition for a very good price compared to what similar frames were selling for on eBay. The person who contacted me seemed to really, really want the frame but was trying to dicker me down. I ended up selling to another person who realized the value and the first guy lost out on an excellent deal.
I too believe in pricing things fairly and paying a fair price for a product. However I have started adding some fluff to my prices for the people that insist on haggling. The last two times I ended up making an extra $30 on the item If I sense that the person is willing to pay a fair price without the haggling I will let them know right off that the price is inflated for a reason.

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Saw this listing too on CL.

The guy is asking for $1400, which is I think a bit too much. $1000 seems to be a good price to go, though I am not sure he will be willing to go down that much in price...at least not until he sees no one is knocking for $1400

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Hi Everyone!

I could really use some advice here. Looking to grab a good deal on my first touring bike! Here's some info:
  • 2010 model (purchased new)
  • Used for a single 1800 mile trip.
  • Comes equipped with: Panniers, heavy duty rear rack, odometer, tire guards, fenders, kick stand, 2 water bottle cages.

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So assuming you were in the market for a new touring bike, something you were looking to hold onto for a good while, what would this bike and its extras be worth to you?

Thanks,
Curtis

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Old 08-23-12, 09:09 AM   #10
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Great bike, I got mine for about 600$ used 2010.
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In my humble opinion, for $1400.00, or even $1000.00 I would think you could build a solid, comfortable touring rig as opposed to buying a used 520. As others have said, fit is the most important factor. Be sure of what frame size you need. If you go look at the 520 test ride it and see how you feel.

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