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Old 10-27-16, 11:22 AM
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Trek Discovery Channel Bike- Value?

I am not sure if this is too new or not old enough to fit in here but I was asked by someone to possibly help them sell a Trek Discovery Channel Bike that they bought brand new around 07 and has been maybe rode 25 times since then. It has been stored in their basement and well maintained from what it sounds like. I was thinking maybe $200-$300 might be a good estimate without seeing it in person. Is this a fair estimate? I know they aren't a rare or collectible bike..
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20-30% of MSRP....
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See if you can get Lance Armstrong to autograph it :-)
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They put the discovery channel graphics on more than one model. Some were a little bit higher quality than others.

My first road bike was a Trek 1000 with the discovery channel graphics. 8-speed Sora with a triple. I kind of hated it. It was a harsh, unforgiving aluminum ride and I constantly had problems with that generation of Sora components. I got like $80 for the frame.

On a good day, depending on the market, maybe $200? I'd certainly never pay that but there might be someone out there who would.
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2007 TREK 1000 is my commuter bike now. I've only started to ride a bike seriously for a few months but it's serving me well. I got it under $200 locally. Mine was also in mint condition in its age. Almost no scratch. As ksryder mentioned it has 8 speed Sora components which is lower end.
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
20-30% of MSRP....
I would probably say about 30% of msrp also since most of these retailed $1000-1200 you would be in the $200-400 price range depending on which model. The somewhat ugly graphics on these and the Lance Armstrong association don't do much to help value on these and mid level late model road bikes don't do great on the used market.
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In this market depreciation is king, that livery came on a range of bikes all the way up to the Madone so the material that they made it out of also varies, a lowly 1000SL is very different to a 1500SLR and a 1500SLR is very different to a Madone and so on, the series this bike comes from goes all the way up to 5xxx and then Madone... They are all different.

I use a 2007 Trek 1500 SLR as my daily ride/training hack/race hack as it sees fit. The 1500 SLR is a capable 8.5-9kg bike that is not much different to a CAAD7/CAAD8 or an aluminum Giant TCR of that era. SL grade aluminum is different to SLR grade aluminum. I like it a lot, it has carbon forks, and its pretty damn supple for aluminum. It wouldn't be so bone jarring as an early CAAD i.e CAAD3/CAAD4 I've previously rode.

As to the value of what they're worth, a late one like mine is probably worth $200-$300, you have to factor into account the dated groupset which isn't easy to upgrade, lack of internal cable routing, heavier components (even carbon forks with an aluminum steerer tube) and so on. You also have to factor in with the lower end models that it has to be almost immaculate. You can't repaint them as then you have a cheap Taiwanese made frame with no identifiers on it.

The only real reason to buy one now is that they look like a 5200/Madone of that era from about 10feet away, or if you attach a great deal of sentimental value to the Discovery Channel era. Trek was making cool bikes back then, but everything has moved on. The 10speed Ultegra on my 2007 bike is the first generation, and its almost impossible now to find 6770 parts if you wanted a cheap upgrade. An 11 speed groupset on a bike like this is really over capitalising.

I'm converting mine to 6770, but that's only because of two factors 1) I can get wholesale prices on the rest of the components other than the derailleurs which Shimano no longer sells 2) Because I want it reliable as I plan on doing a few Gran Fondos on it this year. I'm posting this here, because... Well its a note for anyone else who is contemplating this. You can buy one if you like but don't over capitalise on one.

If I were being honest with myself I'd say don't even bother with these bikes unless you like classic fit geometry and then I'd really say go and buy a CAAD10 or newer if you were one that could afford it. Just don't run into the BB30 headaches that a lot of CAAD guys do. You have to see it as a little bit of an art form to restore old bikes to modern specs.

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