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Old 04-15-14, 12:06 PM
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Questions about selling my Trek 8500?

I have a Trek 8500 probably 1996 but may be from early 2000's.

I noticed that the blue book is around $400. I don't think I can get nearly that much?

What is a good listing price for this?

Also, I have a choice of continental slick tires or some more traditional mountain bike tires. (Also a decent brand) Which set of tires will generate the most interest? I live in the middle of a big city so I figure the slicks might be of more interest here since it makes this bike into more of a "city" bike. Are potential customers for this more "hard core" mountain bike people?

Also, I am wondering is the sales cycle (no pun intended ha!) longer on something like this? If so how long?

I am trying to not just "dump" this on the market such that it will allow some re seller to make money, thus leaving money on the table for me.

Lastly might I be better of stripping this down and selling the frame only on Ebay?
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Old 04-15-14, 01:34 PM
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$175 +/- $25. While some like a front suspension fork, experienced bikers abhor them due to maintenance issues.
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Your 8500 is definitely not mid 90's or early 00's. I checked Trek Bike Models by Year and Color and found: "90, black with white splash with white decals." Your bike just turned 24 years old.
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Your 8500 is definitely not mid 90's or early 00's. I checked Trek Bike Models by Year and Color and found: "90, black with white splash with white decals." Your bike just turned 24 years old.
+1 It's older than you think, with what's probably a very early suspension fork. That's actually a bad thing because most of those forks weren't that great when new (compared to modern forks) and it's likely shot or very close now. Most buyers would prefer or put a rigid fork on that bike.

The slick tires are a good idea but don't spend any of your money to put them on the bike. You likely won't see a return on that.

Not worth stripping to sell on ebay. The frame/parts won't bring much and you'll waste a lot of time in the process.

I've seen lots of people mentioning "blue book" value on bikes, usually they are way off. Case in point, there's no way that bike is worth $400. Markets vary but around here I'd be happy with $175.
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That stem has to be 6+ inches long!
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