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Any concerns about buying a bike that's been warehoused for a couple years?

Old 10-26-17, 10:03 AM
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Any concerns about buying a bike that's been warehoused for a couple years?

Been looking at buying my first proper road bike for awhile and found a 2016 model that never sold. Really good price, right size and equipment level so I jumped on it. Do bikes deteriorate more than you'd expect while being stored? Anything in particular to check while assembling and adjusting it?

It's A Raleigh Merit 3, 60cm from Amazon.
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Old 10-26-17, 10:05 AM
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To have a educated opinion , I'd have to inspect it in person, throw the dice online shopper..

if in doubt , have a trained bike shop mechanic double check your work ..

@ the LBS they go thru the bikes a 2nd time at point of sale to make it perfect.






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Old 10-26-17, 10:08 AM
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Stored indoors it should be fine.
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Nashbar, Bikesdirect, etc. sell bikes from 2010; I think a bike from 2016 will be fine.
Maybe check the inner tubes.
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Nothing to be concerned about, IMO.
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2-year-old New stock, unsold, stored/warehoused? No real worries.
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No worries at all. A few years ago I bought a new, in the original box, 1993 TREk 820. It was is beautiful shape!
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I suppose the biggest concern with Amazon is getting Scratch and Dent merchandise, and limited options for returns.

Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about a bike that was 2 years old. If you are the original purchaser, you should still get the full warranty, although warranty exchanges become complicated on discontinued models.

5 years old or so, and you might start getting 10s components which is fine, just not 11s.

10+ years old or so in storage, and it may be time to consider a complete re-lube job.
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Originally Posted by Nooner View Post
Stored indoors it should be fine.
Everything nowadays is packaged to survive transit in a container on a boat in the middle of an ocean full of saltwater. That's the reason you see huge bags of desiccant in almost every product you buy.

It's going to be just fine being stored in a climate controlled environment.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I suppose the biggest concern with Amazon is getting Scratch and Dent merchandise, and limited options for returns.

Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about a bike that was 2 years old. If you are the original purchaser, you should still get the full warranty, although warranty exchanges become complicated on discontinued models.

5 years old or so, and you might start getting 10s components which is fine, just not 11s.

10+ years old or so in storage, and it may be time to consider a complete re-lube job.
Thanks everyone.

What do you mean by 10s/11s component?
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Old 10-26-17, 11:49 AM
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10 speed 11 speed cassettes
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the fancy latest drive train, the cassette has that many cogs..


reads like you should bring the carton to a bike shop and pay them to put it together for you,
Get a return shipping tag to fall back on if its damaged ... from Amazon.
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dry rot could affect tires, tubes and bar tape. budget for replacements, though you may or may not need them.

everything else should be just fine.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
the fancy latest drive train, the cassette has that many cogs..


reads like you should bring the carton to a bike shop and pay them to put it together for you,
Get a return shipping tag to fall back on if its damaged ... from Amazon.
Yes I'm having a guy who has a shade-tree type shop to do the initial assembly and adjustments. I could probably do it but would never really be confident especially at speed.
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Originally Posted by ryanmm View Post
Thanks everyone.

What do you mean by 10s/11s component?
I believe Dura Ace 9000 (11 speed rear cassette) was released for model year 2013. Prior to that, all Shimano components used a 10 speed cassette (or less).
Ultegra 6800 was released for model year 2014
105 5800 came out in model year 2015.

Looking at parts marked "Ultegra", or "105", it might not immediately be clear which ones were included. Another issue is older wheels that may not be compatible with the newer groupsets.

This should not be an issue for your 2016 bike as it should have the current parts. However, it could be an issue for say a 2010 bicycle. Potentially even a bike built in one of the transition years.
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Originally Posted by ryanmm View Post
It's A Raleigh Merit 3, 60cm from Amazon.
https://www.raleighusa.com/merit-32828


Buy it direct from Raleigh and save $400+.

Go here- raleighusa.com/partner
TYPE(donít copy/paste) CYCLE4TAW as the password

Buy the bike for hundreds less. No catch.
Its listed for $749.99 right now for all sizes on the website.
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It should be fine. Check the tires though. Last year I bought a 2014 Cinder Cone model Kona mountain bike from their factory discount sight. It was half off and new in the box. Best buy I've made in a long time.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
https://www.raleighusa.com/merit-32828


Buy it direct from Raleigh and save $400+.

Go here- raleighusa.com/partner
TYPE(donít copy/paste) CYCLE4TAW as the password

Buy the bike for hundreds less. No catch.
Its listed for $749.99 right now for all sizes on the website.
It was about $575 after a promo from Amazon. Saw the corporate thing earlier this year here and on slickdeals but held off.

Don't know why but the price increased by about $500 instantly once I bought the 60cm.
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