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Old 07-23-20, 10:35 AM
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Trek - Are There Typically Any Discounts Offered On Project One Bikes

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Are there any discounts given on Trek Project One bikes? If so, how do I get one from Trek?

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Given the current COVID state of things and bicycle supplies I'd be surprised if you would find any discounts. Being a high end bike you can at least probably get one, unlike entry and mid level bikes.
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They emailed me a $500 promotion back in Jan. out of the blue which I gladly used on my Domane SLR 7. But it only ran from Jan 2-31. Probably not very likely you'd get one now though considering our current circumstances. Maybe you could work something with the your LBS.
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I don't get it, do people frequently try to haggle and bring down the price elsewhere? I have never gone into a store and felt the need to try and get discounts. I see people do it all the time at the shop thinking that bikes are some super high margin item and we are just swimming in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck. I just am unsure if it happens at like CVS or a furniture store or some other similar place.

These days discounts are unlikely as people have said but if you want it, go for it. Me personally wouldn't buy a Trek Billboard but if that is your bike go for it. Enjoy it, have fun on it. Pretty soon you will have forgotten about the cost and just remember the joy it brings you.
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I don't get it, do people frequently try to haggle and bring down the price elsewhere? I have never gone into a store and felt the need to try and get discounts. I see people do it all the time at the shop thinking that bikes are some super high margin item and we are just swimming in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck. I just am unsure if it happens at like CVS or a furniture store or some other similar place.

These days discounts are unlikely as people have said but if you want it, go for it. Me personally wouldn't buy a Trek Billboard but if that is your bike go for it. Enjoy it, have fun on it. Pretty soon you will have forgotten about the cost and just remember the joy it brings you.
What other bikes would you consider?
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What other bikes would you consider?
Custom Firefly would be my top choice. Ti is fly.
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Best bet is to look around for unsold stock at bike shops rather than new directly from Trek but they would generally be specifications outside of the median requirements in terms of size etc. My local Trek dealer, for example, has a 2019 Trek Madone SLR that he hasn't shifted and it is now a demo bike that is being ridden on Group / Club rides in the hope someone wants it at a bargain price. I live in an area that doesn't see many higher end bike sales though, Portugal isn't a wealthy place and it is immigrants like me who move here that spend the most.
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Originally Posted by GAtkins View Post
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Are there any discounts given on Trek Project One bikes? If so, how do I get one from Trek?

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Glenn
My 2015 Emonda SLR was a Project One build. I priced it at a few shops and one offered me a nice discount once I explained that I would pay CASH in full when I ordered it. I received a nice discount including a few extra points for the cash. They also offered to sell me a set of Zipp wheels for the cost of the Bontrager so there was an additional savings.

I saved enough to buy a send bike, a Cannondale SuperX the next year and they also gave me a sizable discount.

CASH IS KING and in this "Year of Covid" most shops have a cash flow problem.
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Me personally wouldn't buy a Trek Billboard but if that is your bike go for it.
Project One allows you to fix that. It says TREK on both side of the downtube and their logo on the headtube. But unless you're closer than 3' and the sun is just right, you can't see them.
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Originally Posted by AlgarveCycling View Post
Best bet is to look around for unsold stock at bike shops rather than new directly from Trek but they would generally be specifications outside of the median requirements in terms of size etc. My local Trek dealer, for example, has a 2019 Trek Madone SLR that he hasn't shifted and it is now a demo bike that is being ridden on Group / Club rides in the hope someone wants it at a bargain price. I live in an area that doesn't see many higher end bike sales though, Portugal isn't a wealthy place and it is immigrants like me who move here that spend the most.
Good idea, but I'm on a 62cm.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
My 2015 Emonda SLR was a Project One build. I priced it at a few shops and one offered me a nice discount once I explained that I would pay CASH in full when I ordered it. I received a nice discount including a few extra points for the cash. They also offered to sell me a set of Zipp wheels for the cost of the Bontrager so there was an additional savings.

I saved enough to buy a send bike, a Cannondale SuperX the next year and they also gave me a sizable discount.

CASH IS KING and in this "Year of Covid" most shops have a cash flow problem.
Cash is in the mix.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Project One allows you to fix that. It says TREK on both side of the downtube and their logo on the headtube. But unless you're closer than 3' and the sun is just right, you can't see them.
Nice! What made you get the Emonda, say, as opposed to the Domane, or even a Roubaix?
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Good idea, but I'm on a 62cm.
62cm would be more common in a place like the Netherlands, where giants roam, but uncommon in Italy or Portugal...depends what the average heights of folk are in your area and if a Trek dealer carries a large variation in stock. I'm on a 50cm and my 2020 Project One Madone was not a stock bike and had to be ordered so I paid close to list. My Wilier Zero 6 on the other hand was unsold stock in the UK where a 50cm is not much sought after with much larger bikes being the norm. As a result, I paid £5549 for a 2019 £10499 bike when the 2020 models arrived.

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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
Custom Firefly would be my top choice. Ti is fly.
Those are indeed very nice.
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GlennR : Nice bike. I like that stealthy look.
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Nice! What made you get the Emonda, say, as opposed to the Domane, or even a Roubaix?
I had a Madone 4 before and the Emonda has the same geometry. I wanted a light weight bike and rode the Tarmac and SuperSix and the Emonda was what fit best. I test rode a SL since they didn't have a SLR available. Over 24,000 miles and it still bring a smile to my face everytime i ride it.

I've ridden a Domane SL and it feels "sluggish" compared to my bike. But then it is a different bike with different components.

And I know what is meant about the Billboard comment....

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Originally Posted by GAtkins View Post
Those are indeed very nice.
Full custom made in America and supporting local shops. Win Win Win!

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Project One allows you to fix that. It says TREK on both side of the downtube and their logo on the headtube. But unless you're closer than 3' and the sun is just right, you can't see them.
Yours is a bit older the new stuff has a massive downtube for extra logo space. Your bike looks reasonable some of the new "aero" stuff just doesn't look that good, ATMO.
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Yours is a bit older the new stuff has a massive downtube for extra logo space
Are you saying that the downtubes are large so they can fit a logo, or they are just taking advantage of larger downtubes?

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I don't get it, do people frequently try to haggle and bring down the price elsewhere? I have never gone into a store and felt the need to try and get discounts. I see people do it all the time at the shop thinking that bikes are some super high margin item and we are just swimming in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck. I just am unsure if it happens at like CVS or a furniture store or some other similar place.
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Well seeing as these are Project Ones at $12-13k, I see pretty much no harm in asking for a better deal, knowing the markup has got to be pretty insanely high, and takes the shop about the same amount of effort to sell as a $1500 alloy version of the same model. Since it's not even carried as inventory (custom ordered) there isn't even really an overhead aspect related to inventory that's an issue. People bargain/haggle with new and used cars and houses.. high ticket items IOW.
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I don't get it, do people frequently try to haggle and bring down the price elsewhere? I have never gone into a store and felt the need to try and get discounts. I see people do it all the time at the shop thinking that bikes are some super high margin item and we are just swimming in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck. I just am unsure if it happens at like CVS or a furniture store or some other similar place.

These days discounts are unlikely as people have said but if you want it, go for it. Me personally wouldn't buy a Trek Billboard but if that is your bike go for it. Enjoy it, have fun on it. Pretty soon you will have forgotten about the cost and just remember the joy it brings you.
I ordered my Madone SLR frameset last year from my local dealer who told me he didnít have much margin in the frame to give me any discount. When I picked up the frame a few weeks later and opened the box an invoice was there with not my name but the dealers. Their price was $2600, mine, $3900.
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Their price was $2600, mine, $3900.
50% markup.. $1300 profit is pretty nice for a few minutes on the computer to order and handing you an unopened box.

I was told the price on Trek's website is what it costs by a few shops... until I found one that was happy to deal. In fact I spoke to the owner on the phone and he said he was excited to build the bike once he heard what I wanted. When it arrived thy gave me the box and I went to one of their other locations so I could build it along with their head mechanic. When done they took pictures and posted it on their website.

I figured my discount was about 20% when all done.



BTW, i'm 30lbs lighter since, that's what a nice bike does...it gets you off the couch.

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The margin on bikes is well known. With the exception of the car industry, I don't know if there is any other industry that only has 50% markup on a item that wholesales for $2500.
Virtually all retail has 100% markup. Except for Walmart, they clearly have higher markup than that on many items.
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The margin on bikes is well known. With the exception of the car industry, I don't know if there is any other industry that only has 50% markup on a item that wholesales for $2500.
Virtually all retail has 100% markup. Except for Walmart, they clearly have higher markup than that on many items.
A bit of the sticking point is that a bunch of what's being discussed are bikes being ordered from the factory or distributor, since it's not in inventory. At that point the LBS is (as Glenn mentioned), just handing over a cardboard box and taking that 50% markup.

New housing only has ~15% markup, compare the amount of effort in building and making a sale. Motorcycles, indeed which can easily be found at the projectone pricepoints, only have supposedly a 5-7% markup.
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