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Old 02-25-15, 11:10 AM
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Trek 520 value

I know a guy who has an 89 Trek 520 in his basement and says he is wanting to get rid of it. Unfortunately I didn't snap any pics but it will need tires and a service to be roadworthy. Can anybody give me a ballpark idea of what a fair price would be? Thanks.
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Old 02-25-15, 12:01 PM
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1989 has canti brakes, standard rack. Even needing a refurb and all new consumables, $400-$500, depending on paint condition and wear and tear.

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Old 02-25-15, 12:07 PM
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oddjob got quite a deal on his, my max here in NJ would be $300

offer $150 and see where it goes
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Thanks guys, that gives me a starting point at least.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Actual year and condition means everything.
Indeed. Last year I sold a 1989 with 27" wheels, downtube shifters as well as a 1990 with 700c wheels, bar ends and slightly better components. I believe the 1990 went for about $150 more. Both were very low mile VGC.



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Depends on condition. I sold a fully overhauled 1989 520 in nice shape last year for $450--new everything down to grease & bearings, etc. This was in NYC.

However I purchased it for $100, but that was a steal. If it needs work, offer your friend $200 and see what he says.

It was a really great bike, I bought it for myself not to sell. But I just have too many bikes and it overlapped too much with a couple others, so it never got ridden.
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just because he wants to get rid of it, doesn't mean it's your problem
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Old 02-25-15, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by qclabrat View Post
oddjob got quite a deal on his, my max here in NJ would be $300

offer $150 and see where it goes
What deal @qclabrat? I have never seen or touched a 1989 520. I have a 1984 520 and a 1986 520 Cirrus.

I sold a refurbished 1983 520 for mid $300's last spring.
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i paid $170 for my 84. It needed tire/tubes and a bit of a tune up. Works great on my 42 mile round trip commute.
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Those are both really nice specimens, I didn't realize the frames were so different between the 89 and 90 models

Also never noticed the unique lugwork on the '90, where the seat stay attaches to the seat tube, its actually quite attractive

Anyone know why Trek only used this design for a few years then reverted back to the original design?



Originally Posted by tmh657 View Post
Indeed. Last year I sold a 1989 with 27" wheels, downtube shifters as well as a 1990 with 700c wheels, bar ends and slightly better components. I believe the 1990 went for about $150 more. Both were very low mile VGC.



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I purchased a 1980's Trek 520 Cirrus w/27" wheels about two years ago for $100. It needed a whole lot of work (& love). The seat post was stuck. I did a complete overhaul. New wheels, tires, pedals, handlebars, grease, bearings, cables, bottom bracket, rack, seat, grips, & other items. Probably have around $450 sunk into at this point. (Parts only. All work was DIY.) It's currently my favorite long distance bike. Trek is an extremely user friendly bike. Easy to restore. Standard threads on everything. The 520 is a classic. I'm keeping mine. Wouldn't consider selling it. (Unless somebody whipped out about $600 - $700).
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
1989 has canti brakes, standard rack. Even needing a refurb and all new consumables, $400-$500, depending on paint condition and wear and tear.
That's about double what I'd have said. IMHO, assuming it needs a tune and all new consumables, $150-200, $250 if it was pretty clean but for needing new rubber.

$400+ would be a top dollar price for a really clean one ready to ride.
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A lot always depends on your location. Any 520 in reasonable condition would go for about $400-500 around Chicago, but Ive seen them significantly lower in the $250 range- depends on the bike market in your area. Either way, its a great bike- snatch it up!
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