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Old 04-19-24, 07:13 AM
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New Domane SL5 Gen 4 discount?

Iím just about ready to replace my old bike and I have picked the Domane SL5 Gen 4 as the likely choice. My only local dealer has the 2023 in stock and he wonít budge from the $3,500 MSRP. I can order the improved 2024 (12 speeds versus 11, better seat, and better ISO) for the exact same price.

I read in a trade magazine that most manufactures, including Trek, overshot the Covid shortages and are now swimming in inventory and discounting bikes.
https://www.bicycleretailer.com/indu...-cuts-spending

Is my local shop being greedy, or is the SL5 not likely to be sold for less than MSRP?
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Look on the Trek website, they’ve been running sales as have the shops. You can do an inventory search to see if it’s available in your size at a local shop and on sale. I just picked up an Emoda SL 7 at 20% off MSRP at a local shop. It was a great deal.
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I checked the Trek website. There are some discounts, but none on SL5.
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Shop's probably just trying to pay the bills. Shop has already bought and paid for that bike. I didn't see anything saying Trek was going to rebate dealers for selling 2023 or 2024 models. Nor did they get specific about which models might be involved.

You might be the greedy person in the deal! <grin>
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You probably picked a popular model that doesn’t need to be discounted to sell.
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Well that's true! If I can get a few hundred off for the asking, I'm not shy about asking.
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Originally Posted by Tony_G
Iím just about ready to replace my old bike and I have picked the Domane SL5 Gen 4 as the likely choice. My only local dealer has the 2023 in stock and he wonít budge from the $3,500 MSRP. I can order the improved 2024 (12 speeds versus 11, better seat, and better ISO) for the exact same price.

I read in a trade magazine that most manufactures, including Trek, overshot the Covid shortages and are now swimming in inventory and discounting bikes.
https://www.bicycleretailer.com/indu...-cuts-spending

Is my local shop being greedy, or is the SL5 not likely to be sold for less than MSRP?
I believe the 2023 and 2024 Domanes are both Gen 4 and have the same frameset.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I believe the 2023 and 2024 Domanes are both Gen 4 and have the same frameset.
Which means that, if the OP has found the correct size in the 2023, he can ask the shop to order in the same size in the 2024, since it is the same price. If the shop really wants to move the 2023 version, they'll then offer a discount on it.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I believe the 2023 and 2024 Domanes are both Gen 4 and have the same frameset.
As the OP states, the primary difference is the 11X vs. 12X drivetrain.
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Originally Posted by Koyote
Which means that, if the OP has found the correct size in the 2023, he can ask the shop to order in the same size in the 2024, since it is the same price. If the shop really wants to move the 2023 version, they'll then offer a discount on it.
Alternatively, the OP can order either version directly from Trek's website and choose whatever dealer is most convenient, or deserving. But it would probably be good to mention this to the shop, just to gauge how flexible they might be with the price.
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Be sure to read the review posted here: https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/b...gen-4/p/41348/

It probably applies to both.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I believe the 2023 and 2024 Domanes are both Gen 4 and have the same frameset.
Frames are identical, as far as I know. But 11 speed versus 12 speed is one difference. R7000 versus R7100 group set. Also, I think that on the 2024ís the Iso Speed has been tuned to better accommodate smaller frame sizes. The seat is different too, with bigger cut outs.
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Originally Posted by Iride01
Shop's probably just trying to pay the bills. Shop has already bought and paid for that bike. I didn't see anything saying Trek was going to rebate dealers for selling 2023 or 2024 models. Nor did they get specific about which models might be involved.

You might be the greedy person in the deal! <grin>
Just got back from the shop. I ordered a 2024 SL5. I asked for 5% off and they agreed. Canít wait for it to come in!
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Originally Posted by Tony_G
Just got back from the shop. I ordered a 2024 SL5. I asked for 5% off and they agreed. Canít wait for it to come in!
Nice. Congratulations. But you got them to reduce the price for the newer (2024) 12-speed one?
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
Nice. Congratulations. But you got them to reduce the price for the newer (2024) 12-speed one?
Yes, that is right. The majic words were "I will order the 2024 right now if you'll give me 5% off."
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
As the OP states, the primary difference is the 11X vs. 12X drivetrain.
Interesting how they do group sets, my Ď23 Emonda, new as of Wed. Has Di2 12 spd.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
As the OP states, the primary difference is the 11X vs. 12X drivetrain.
Except he said, "better ISO." Ihey are the same in that respect.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Except he said, "better ISO." Ihey are the same in that respect.
Trek made revisions to the IsoSpeed twice during 2023 to address seat post slippage, so there could very well be a difference between the available 2023 model and a new 2024. Maybe do a little homework before you repeatedly attempt to say someone is wrong...
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Originally Posted by Tony_G
Just got back from the shop. I ordered a 2024 SL5. I asked for 5% off and they agreed. Canít wait for it to come in!
Enjoy the bike. Seems odd they wouldn't deal on the 2023 they have in the shop, but would on an order for a 2024 model. The Domane is a great bike, I love mine and I'm sure you will too.

What's your expected wait time?
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Enjoy the bike. Seems odd they wouldn't deal on the 2023 they have in the shop, but would on an order for a 2024 model. The Domane is a great bike, I love mine and I'm sure you will too.

What's your expected wait time?
They said it will take about one week.
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A 19# bike with a Shimano 105 groupset for #3,325? That is a screaming deal!
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
Be sure to read the review posted here: https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/b...gen-4/p/41348/

It probably applies to both.
Those seat post clamp in the initial run of the Gen 4 had issues that they put out a recall on. My Gen 4 which I picked up in Oct 2022, never had issues with seat post slippage, but the shop replaced it anyway a year later. I have not heard of any of the new post clamps having issues.
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Originally Posted by PromptCritical
A 19# bike with a Shimano 105 groupset for $3,325? That is a screaming deal!
My daughter has the same thing in aluminum. It listed for $2K. (Also, she is at the stage of life where a carbon frame wouldn't last a month.)
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
Those seat post clamp in the initial run of the Gen 4 had issues that they put out a recall on. My Gen 4 which I picked up in Oct 2022, never had issues with seat post slippage, but the shop replaced it anyway a year later. I have not heard of any of the new post clamps having issues.
I wasn't clear what was going on with that. It just looked like something to pay attention to.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
My daughter has the same thing in aluminum. It listed for $2K. (Also, she is at the stage of life where a carbon frame wouldn't last a month.)
Hmmm, I'm looking for a new groupset. Maybe buying the whole bike and selling the frame on eBay would be the most cost-effective option.......
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