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Trek 520 implosion

Old 03-10-10, 09:27 AM
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Trek 520 implosion

I call this an implosion because it seems like the seller is getting flustered.


This Trek 520 has been posted locally 3 or 4 times now in the past week or so. Price started at $400, then $350, now unlisted price. I got ahold of the seller last week and found out it has 700c wheels (per him), 7-speed on back, and a 56cm frame (I don't know if that is from a sticker on the frame or if it is measured ctc or ctt).


https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/1636474797.html


Phone number goes to the parent's house and sounds like they might be getting tired of the calls.


It was a little hard to pin down an acceptable price when I talked to the kid last week. So before I lowball offer on it I'm wondering if anyone here can help me get a better ID on the bike. Any idea what year it might be, when Trek went 700c with the 520's, is the True Temper steel (per the seller) good as far as 520's go, other stuff?


Gets a little difficult figuring out stuff with a phone browser. Thanks for any help. I've had a 520 on my mental "want to get one someday" list for a long time now. But it will have to fit first, then I'd want it lugged, and 700c would be a nice bonus, double bonus would be if the fork has the lowrider rack mounts on it, none of which is obvious with the phone browser.


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Ps, if anyone here wants to go for it then feel free since it will probably be beyond my budget. I can help facilitate some, driving distance the only issue. All I'd ask is to take it for a short bike ride so I can get a feel for how a 520 rides, that and direct shipping costs if you need it shipped.


I posted this in the valuation section to garner a little more leeway for responses.
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Judging by the color and the black stem, I'll say '91. Like any other steel, True Temper had different grades, but as far as I know it had a good reputation. Per the '91 catalog it's double butted True Temper with chromoly fork, which is a unicrown design. It's equipped with Deore DX, which was an excellent group situation just below XT. I'd say it's a very solid machine, but it will likely appeal more to pragmatic riders than collectors. I think it occupies a sweet spot as far as bargains: doesn't have much demand in the collector's market and cuts out people who want the latest and greatest with integrated shifting and braking. So, I definitely think you should be able to talk him down some, if he's willing to negotiate. I'd start at $250 and work up from there, depending on the condition of everything.

https://www.vintage-trek.com/images/t...rekCatalog.pdf
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Thanks, appreciate the info and link. 1991 helps me know where it sits and gives me a good idea if it will work or not. Just have to get a solid price out of him, and if nothing comes of it I'll at least have a better idea of what 520 model years to watch for.
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He is already at a pretty attractive price in the $350 to $400 range. If it fits in the budget, and fits you, I would go after it myself. Heck, if it was around here, I would be going for it myself.
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While you are at it , buy this one too !

https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/1636843819.html
Vintage 1985 Trek 460 - $80 (Brookfield)
Date: 2010-03-09, 8:37PM CST
Reply to: sale-xrsvv-1636843819@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

Trek 460
Frame made in U.S.A. Waterloo, Wisconsin
Frame is excellent condition
Shimano components

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The 460 is too tall for me. 8-)

I don't fault the 520 seller for his asking price, just hoping his most recent listing puts it into my budgetary reach (which I doubt).
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He is already at a pretty attractive price in the $350 to $400 range. If it fits in the budget, and fits you, I would go after it myself. Heck, if it was around here, I would be going for it myself.
I might agree if it were well advertised on ebay or another national or international sales forum, because it does make a solid touring bike. But it's very poorly advertised and available locally only. There's a reason it hasn't sold yet for $400 or $350 - an inexperienced/uninterested seller with uncooperative parents! Also, the 520 doesn't pull quite the prices of the 720, or any of the high end Japanese touring models. Additionally, this one has a unicrown fork which often turns off the lugged steel crowd.
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He's at $325 now. Still out of my reach regretfully. The unicrown isn't a deal killer for me, gives a bit of MTB attitude to it.

I think I'll start working on the Motobecane again this weekend to console myself.
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Is Milwaukee a hot market? I wouldn't give up just yet. It sounds like this seller is an amateur, which will make it much harder for him to sell at his asking price. Why would he set $325 as his mark? Obviously no one has made that offer. Did you make a counter offer?
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I might agree if it were well advertised on ebay or another national or international sales forum, because it does make a solid touring bike. But it's very poorly advertised and available locally only. There's a reason it hasn't sold yet for $400 or $350 - an inexperienced/uninterested seller with uncooperative parents! Also, the 520 doesn't pull quite the prices of the 720, or any of the high end Japanese touring models. Additionally, this one has a unicrown fork which often turns off the lugged steel crowd.
+1 A poor marketing job for sure. As a flip bike, price is too high. As an end user bike, the price is attractive. As the price works its way lower, it starts having flip potential. In my case if I picked it up, I would just flip my current touring bike.
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Milwaukee is kind of a dead market right now, asking prices seem to have gone up though. The last bike I sold went to a guy who drove down from Appleton (hour drive).

The 520 would be a keeper if I ended up liking how it rode. I'll keep a casual eye on it to see if it's still there next week. Car trouble and a tuition payment killed my budget recently, slowly working up a reserve stash again.
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Offer him $200 and work your way up as he works his way down.
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Originally Posted by treebound View Post

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Car trouble and a tuition payment killed my budget recently, slowly working up a reserve stash again.
In that case, I would buy the 460 instead. It has terrific flip potential (much greater than the 520, due to the lower price and more classic look), and will help rebuild the bike fund quickly. Steel Treks sell themselves, it won't last long!

Nothing better to rebuild a bike fund than a good steel Trek flip.

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The 460 is gone already. Also missed out on a tall Univega roadbike for $50. There are good deals here off and on if I'm quick and if I can run after them when they're posted.
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He sounds like a guy who needs a fist full of 20s in his face as a bargaining tool.
Probably has no concept of bargaining anyhow.

Go there, see the bike in person, ride it, note what you'd pay if it were immaculate and ready to go then deduct real cost for items wrong to bring it to your cash offer. Count out the money and see if you can make a deal. If he resists, throw another 20 on the pile. Be willing to walk away at a certain point though.
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^ The Nomad gives good advice.

A useful tactic is to go with a pretty girl who can disparage the bike and grudgingly hand you another twenty if absolutely necessary.
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^ The Nomad gives good advice.

A useful tactic is to go with a pretty girl who can disparage the bike and grudgingly hand you another twenty if absolutely necessary.


Better yet, bring 10s, the pile will look bigger.
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Originally Posted by thenomad View Post
He sounds like a guy who needs a fist full of 20s in his face as a bargaining tool.
Probably has no concept of bargaining anyhow.

Go there, see the bike in person, ride it, note what you'd pay if it were immaculate and ready to go then deduct real cost for items wrong to bring it to your cash offer. Count out the money and see if you can make a deal. If he resists, throw another 20 on the pile. Be willing to walk away at a certain point though.
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^ The Nomad gives good advice.

A useful tactic is to go with a pretty girl who can disparage the bike and grudgingly hand you another twenty if absolutely necessary.
Originally Posted by JunkYardBike View Post


Better yet, bring 10s, the pile will look bigger.
Man! You guys are pro!

Its gone.
No, I did not buy it as I don't have wads of cash and a pretty girl that would come along. ' wonder how much it went for.

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