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Old 07-20-13, 08:02 PM
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Should I be suspicious about a 2010 being sold as new?

I've been making the rounds through the local shops around town, looking for a new bike, and found a "left-over" 2010 Jamis Aurora Elite - http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...roraelite.html. It appears to be new. The salesman said it was new, just "left over or something from a couple years ago". I thought it was strange to see the STI shifters, because I knew this bike had bar ends...and I had to go all the way back to 2010 to find this model. It is no doubt a 2010 model. Should I be suspicious of a bike this old being sold as new? What should I look out for? What's it worth now?
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Old 07-20-13, 08:06 PM
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The second you ride it, it becomes a used bike. Check for any paint, tire tread, bartape, cassette/crankset teeth wear. If it is used, there should be clear signs.
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Old 07-20-13, 08:38 PM
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Being a 2010, it should be marked down a good 20-30% to START with. While I don't agree that "it becomes used after the first ride"(test rides before buying, hello?), it's pretty easy to see wear on a bike. Anything you see is a negotiating point.

Jamis is a pretty good brand, and not overpriced, either. It would, for me, hinge most on after-the-sale support from the shop. In order to skip THAT, the price would have to be criminally low.
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Old 07-20-13, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by @Jason View Post
I've been making the rounds through the local shops around town, looking for a new bike, and found a "left-over" 2010 Jamis Aurora Elite - http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...roraelite.html. It appears to be new. The salesman said it was new, just "left over or something from a couple years ago". I thought it was strange to see the STI shifters, because I knew this bike had bar ends...and I had to go all the way back to 2010 to find this model. It is no doubt a 2010 model. Should I be suspicious of a bike this old being sold as new? What should I look out for? What's it worth now?
No. I bought a 2005 Specialized with 25 miles on it 9 weeks ago.
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Old 07-20-13, 11:45 PM
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Not at a bike shop I wouldn't. I would expect to get the same new warranty that a 2013 would receive and I'd also expect a sizable discount. I just bought a 2010 Orbea Onix that was new and I get the lifetime warranty on the frame since I am the original owner.
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It's called "New Old Stock" (NOS) and isn't a big deal if you are buying from a reputable shop. My bike was NOS in '08 when I bought and got a 30% discount just so the LBS could get it out of their inventory.
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It's called "New Old Stock" (NOS) and isn't a big deal if you are buying from a reputable shop. My bike was NOS in '08 when I bought and got a 30% discount just so the LBS could get it out of their inventory.
Agreed, I have purchased more than my fair share of NOS bikes that were 3-5 years old. At least two were still at the distributors and the LBS was astute enough to know that I would probably buy them if the price was right.

Nothing wrong with Jamis, if it fits and the price is right go for it.

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Old 07-21-13, 06:59 AM
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I've whittled my decision down to the Jamis, Surly Disc Trucker, or Trek 520. The Jamis is my size, but I wish it had 36H wheels and lower gears; but the price is good. Thanks for the info.
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In a shop?
If they filled out the inventory card , and its dated 2010, but un sold , so you are still the 1st owner ,
all warantees are the same as any new bike..

Wish it had 36 spoke wheels ? ask about having a set as a trade up, exchanged..

Ditto the drivetrain .. they are interchangeable parts , after all..
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Not a surprise at all.
The two shops I've worked in had brand new in box bikes that were much older. Odd sizes, colors, shoved in the back and forgotten because we didn't do "inventory" back then, etc.
I bet some of those bikes are still there and will never be sold because the shop owners just won't drop the price low enough to move them.

If it's a good bike, fits well, carries the "as new" warranty...can be iffy on the frame as it pertains to the manufacturer...check on that and get it in writing...priced well, etc. you can get a great deal on an awesome bike.
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Old 07-21-13, 07:40 PM
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From a shop not to worry. There should be a discount, and you should get the shops backing on warrenty.
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