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horatio 05-20-10 08:58 PM

N+1 potential - advice requested
OK, so good deals are often hard to come by, right? There's a LBS with an '09 Specialized Roubaix compact (NOT Comp model) on closeout. It's my size and I'm thinking about a test ride this weekend. Price has been dropped to just under $1600, which is better than list ($1900), but that's a lot more than I want to spend. Any suggestions for a reasonable counter-offer, provided I like it? I've read lots of great things about the Specialized carbon frames, and I'd like a comfortable platform for long rides. Thanks!

BTW, "N" is a 2005 Trek 1500 (aluminum frame) with triple crank.

tsl 05-20-10 10:22 PM

That's about the discount I got when I bought a leftover $1700 '06 bike at the end of the '07 model year.

The Weak Link 05-21-10 06:22 AM

I'd hit it.

Tom Stormcrowe 05-21-10 06:32 AM

Offer $1300 with cash in hand and visible. It might work, might not. If it doesn't, the asking price ain't that bad.....

cyclinfool 05-21-10 09:48 AM

If you really know how much you want to spend then stick to your budget. The price they are asking is reasonable for an end of season sale but this is the beginning of a new season (even though it is a year old it is still "new"). Tell them your max price and head for the door and don't look back if they don't agree.

horatio 05-21-10 10:12 AM

Tom, you are psychic! That's almost exactly what I was going to offer. How did you know?

BikeWNC 05-21-10 10:20 AM

The 2011 model bikes will be appearing soon so I would be aggressive with what you offer for the bike. That is of course, it fits, and you like it.

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