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Should I buy a 12 year old Trek 5200?

Old 06-13-14, 02:08 PM
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Should I buy a 12 year old Trek 5200?

Just test rode a very nice 2002 Trek 5200 USPS edition:

2002 Trek 5200 - BikePedia

Seller is asking $1250. Bike is in excellent condition and everything is still stock Ultegra. Only thing changed is upgraded Specialized seat and seller is throwing in Ultegra SPD-SL pedals (used). Everything felt great when test-riding it; my only concern is that it is 12 years old. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 06-13-14, 02:38 PM
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If it is in very good condition, original componants with little wear and tear, and if there is no damage around seat post, bottom bracket the seller took a large depreciation.
Take a look at new cf bikes with comparable componants and see what they are selling for.
If I were in the market for cf bike and it fit to ride and had the cash yeah.

Hang around someone with more experience is likely to chime in.
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Old 06-13-14, 03:37 PM
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According to this site, it is worth $870 in like new condition (but with bikes, what market you are in could make a difference): 2002 Trek 5200 - New and Used Bike Value

As a Postal employee, I would love to have the USPS edition bike, but as for paying $1250 for an 11 year old bike, it could be a tough purchase...

While the bike was undoubtedly very nice for its time, and a name brand, I just checked and at Bikesdirect.com you can buy a new carbon bike with Ultegra for about $100-200 more, and have a modern Ultegra 11 speed group instead of the 2002 9 speed group... and it would have zero miles on it. You would spend more for a current Ultegra equipped Trek, but you would have components that are 2 or 3 generations newer.

Because of trickle-down technology, you would probably get similar performance (or possibly better) from the current 105 line, and maybe even Tiagra than you would from 2002 era Ultegra.
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Old 06-13-14, 03:51 PM
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I have a good idea of how depreciation works here in Holland having traded in seven or so bikes against a new one. Each time I could have made more money by selling privately but working with the dealer made the transaction easier. I also would check our Craig's List over here on the bikes I traded in to have an idea of what was possible. People selling used items always think the item is worth much more than it actually is.

Unless that bike has some strong emotional attachment to you, I'd either offer a much lower figure or price new bikes similarly equipped.
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Old 06-28-14, 09:22 AM
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I own a Trek singletrack from about 1993 I believe and it was a SOLID bike, but I can't speak for that specific bike or the conditon, value, etc. Just enjoyed the Trek and it held up well.
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Old 06-28-14, 09:33 AM
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12 years passes quite quickly when older, feels slower when very young.
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https://boulder.craigslist.org/bik/4542821675.html an example of what shows up on:

Take a look at the listings for this bike on Ad Hunt'r - Search ALL of Craigslist? and more! by entering Trek 5200 in the search box. There are pages of them listed across the country and the one you list is at the upper end of the price range.
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No that's too pricey
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Old 06-28-14, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
While the bike was undoubtedly very nice for its time, and a name brand, I just checked and at Bikesdirect.com you can buy a new carbon bike with Ultegra for about $100-200 more, and have a modern Ultegra 11 speed group instead of the 2002 9 speed group... and it would have zero miles on it.
More importantly, it would have a warranty. You don't know the history of the Trek, and a carbon bike could have damage that's invisible now but can cause the frame to fail later.
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Old 06-29-14, 06:54 AM
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How's the fit?

Fit affects your comfort, and performance every single minute that you're on the bike. Nothing else even comes close in importance. If the fit isn't right - walk away because it's not a good deal for you regardless of frame, components or price.
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my only concern is that it is 12 years old

My commuter is 42 years old, cafe racer 22 years old, my tourer 24 years old, my hardtail MTB 22 years old. Perhaps they need more TLC/maintenance than my FC vunder-bike, but they get ridden more often. I'm assuming your concern is about your preference for old or new; that Trek will probably outlive you assuming the bonded carbon frame holds up. Looks like a classic bike to me, I would enjoy owning it.
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Old 06-29-14, 09:14 AM
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It wouldn't brink that kind of money in the area I live in. More like 500.00. I know my profile saws Shawnee, KS but it's a burb of Kansas City a fairly large place.
Just sayin'
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Old 06-29-14, 10:18 AM
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Yeah, 1K+ for a 12 year old bike seems kind of steep. Thats just me though..
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