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2007 Trek 1500 with almost full Ultegra?

Old 07-22-06, 06:09 PM
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2007 Trek 1500 with almost full Ultegra?

I'm new to road bikes, looking to buy my first one.

I saw an '07 Trek 1500 selling as new for $949 at my local authorized Trek dealer. It had Ultegra shifters, front and rear derallieur, and crankset, with Cane Creek brakes. The headset was Cane Creek, and most of the other components were Bontrager. I was surprised that Trek would be using so much Ultegra stuff on a new 1500 (which usually has 105s), and that the price would be so low.

After talking with friends who were experienced road bikers, I came back with some pointed questions. I found that the cassette, and I assume the whole Ultegra set, were 9-speed (old?). They didn't point this out to me. Combining that with selling it so far below MSRP, I'm very suspicious. I can't check out the real configuration on the Trek website, since it's not posted yet.

The dealer claimed they had not changed out any components from the factory - that Trek had shipped it that way. They said after prodding that maybe it just came with '05 parts or something. What's the standard configuration on an '07 1500? Is it common for manufacturers to ship some new bikes to dealers with old, upgraded components?

Is what the dealer's claiming legit - and is this "deal" worth looking into further - i.e., if Trek shipped old (but unused) Ultegras on the bike would it be worth it at this price? Anything else to watch out for? Thanks!
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Old 07-22-06, 06:15 PM
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Was it the Discovery Channel blue paint scheme?
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Old 07-22-06, 06:16 PM
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$949, go for it man. that's quite a deal.
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A local bike shop in Mass has the Descovery Trek 1500 on sale for $899. I've seen a few sales on the Descovery bike, I don't know why but it seems like a good deal.
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Yeah, it was the Discovery Channel paint scheme, looks identical to the pic in this thread... https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/202987-2007-bikes-got-pics.html. looking at that pic, though, I'm not really knowledgable enough (or can see well enough) to tell what components those are.
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Old 07-22-06, 06:22 PM
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More than likely marked down because of being 9-speed instead of the latest version of 10-speed.

A definite value at $949. If it is the correct size, buy it.
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Old 07-22-06, 06:24 PM
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Sounds like a good deal. So what if the parts are old, as long as it's unused.
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Old 07-22-06, 06:27 PM
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I find that my 7-speed Trek is more than sufficient, I wouldnt let 9- vs. 10-speed stop me from making a great deal!

But I do find it odd that they are having promotions on 2007's already? Most shops are just trying to unload their 2006's.
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Promos on '07s sound pretty strange to me too.

Maybe Trek was looking to get rid of its old 9-speed Ultegra stock, so they put them on brand new Trek 1500s instead of new 105s (which I imagine is the real configuration). When did Shimano switch over to 10 speed Ultegras, anyway? Wasn't it before '06?

Isn't Shimano also switching over to 10-speed 105's? When is that supposed to happen?

On the downside, I still wonder if the dealer could be changing out the parts, the old Ultegra parts could be used, the bike could be a return sold as new, who knows? I would think I wouldn't have to be too wary of an authorized Trek dealer on a new bike, but I'm not sure...
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Originally Posted by xetnauq
... Anything else to watch out for? ...
Paranoia.


Buy the bike! It sounds like a great deal.
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Psh. I got my Trek 1500 for FREE.
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Damn, that is a great price on a great bike. I bought an 05 1500 for a family member and love it. He rides it all the time and has had no issues. To get the full Ultegra on top of that would be a really sweet deal.

And yes, sometimes the manufacturers do ship out a tweaked model. I got an Ultegra groupo Roubaix Pro from Specialized the same way. Nobody wanted to buy it because that bike usually comes full Dura Ace. I watched it sit for a while at my local LBS before I showed any interest. I got a great deal on it too and have never looked back.

Go for it if you like the ride and it works for you.
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Psh. I got my Trek 1500 for FREE.
Not yet you didnt.

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The bike at your LBS is one of the very first '07 1500's Trek sent out, they dumped their overstock of 9 speed ultegra on the bike and most lbs's are selling them for under $1000. It's a freakin good deal even if it's not the latest 10 speed.

The "official" configuration of the '07 1500s is only 105, and only 9 speed 105 at that.
https://www3.trekbikes.com/Bikes/2007/road/1500.html

So if that bike is your size, I'd jump on it.
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When I was still working at the LBS a few months ago we had 06 1500's come in specd that way. It wasn't supposed to, but I'd say about 50% of the 1500's we had come in had the Ultegra shifters and about %20 of those had the Ultegra cranks as well. Killer deal if you ask me and we sold them quick once people saw what was really on the bikes. Not sure if 105 was hard to come by for a while or if Trek was just sitting on lots of 9spd Ultegra. It isn't new for 07 though.
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Old 07-23-06, 07:50 AM
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I was in the shop yesterday and saw a few 2007 Trek 1500's. These had a solid bright red paint scheme.
Very very nice looking bikes. That SLR frame is very good(and light!!).... and very upgradeable. You would have a very solid machine if you simply upgraded the wheels to Bontrager Race Lite(or comparable racing wheels)...and having the dealer to give credit for the stock wheels.
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Old 07-23-06, 06:18 PM
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I've got one of these '07 1500's with the Discovery team paint scheme. Mine came with Ultegra cranks and 105 deraileurs and shifters. I paid under MSRP/sale price only because my dad is a manager at the LBS (gotta love the employee discount). The sale price was I believe $949.

The lowdown I got from my dad was as follows: Trek was trying to move out their 9 speed components both Ultegra and 105, to make room for the new 10 speeds. As they began running out of Ultegra components, they replaced them with 105's. I saw setups with Ultegra cranks and rear derailerur but 105 shifters and front....it really depends when your LBS received the shipment. They came up with this new version of the 1500 to get rid of the components. It was basically a great deal for someone looking for a decent bike with good components for a great price. I got the last 56 they had in the shop, they've been selling them like crazy.

I've put close to 1000 miles on it since late April and it rides great. I think it's a great bike for under a grand. Mine was an upgrade from my old Trek 1000 so really anything was an uprade.
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Old 07-23-06, 06:42 PM
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i wonder if my LBS got these bikes in yet.really good price although i really really really want 10 speed.
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The 2007 1500 with red paint and Ultegra 10 were priced around $1100 at my local shop. Very sharp looking bike.
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Oddly, there is no 07 1200 yet. I was thinking about buying a 1200, too.
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In another thread where someone posted the URLs for the '07 Treks, it was clear that the '07 1500s will come with 9 speed Ultegra/105 mix and that there is an identical model (except for paint) - the 1600 - that has 10 speed 105, and presumably costs somewhat more.

Given that for 99% of people there is no advantage whatsoever for 10 speed (and apparently the maintenance costs will be higher because chains wear faster), it's no secret which is the better deal. If the frame fits you well, you should buy it.
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Old 08-23-06, 09:19 PM
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1500 in NZ

The Trek SLR 1500's here in NZ come with complete Ultegra 10Sp. and Bontrager Race Light Wheels, head set, seat and carbon seat post.... great bike.
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I just got mine today, 105 shifters, and the rest Ultegra: cranks, cassette, front & rear deraileurs. Sweet deal!

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That's a nice ride. Enjoy!
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Hey guys, I'm debating over something and would like to know your opinion...

I just discovered a few minor cosmetic issues... a series of small scratches on one crank arm, and a scratch on top of the 105 shifter. Should I have the LBS fix or exchange it? I know it has nothing to do with the performance of the bike, but still... it kinda disturbs me that there are visible imperfections on a brand new bike I just bought yesterday. What do you guys think?
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