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Old 04-22-09, 12:46 PM
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Price point?

I'm looking at upgrading my bike. LOOKING...

If I can get what I want for my current bike, I'll do some serious shopping. Well, I'll have to - since I won't have a bike.

Thoughts on what this is worth?
Trek 1600 WSD
Ridden 1 season
few small scratches... nothing major.
well maintained
spd pedals
1500 (ish) miles last season.
MSRP $1200, paid 950?


SO, when I sell this bike, what should I get next? (2k budget)
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Old 04-22-09, 01:17 PM
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not sure what you wanted for it - but even with the recession this may be a good time of year to sell (CL is your best bet, or word-of-mouth, local post it boards etc. shipping eats into your ebay earnings).

Check out Team Estrogen's site too - you may find a woman in your area who wants it.

Assuming yours has all those components (Bontrager and 105 with some Ultegra) I am guessing $500-600ish is what you'd get, conservatively. Maybe more. You could check ebay completed auctions to see what they fetch on there.

My wife (She's probably about your size) looked at all those women's frames from Trek, Specialized, etc. and wound up getting Cannondale's R1000 - she had to buy a women's saddle and a shorter stem but she fits it fine and it is an amazing bike. I test rode the bikes along with her and there was no comparison....the Cdale is a rocket. Hers was just under $2k with full Ultegra and Ksyriums back in '05.
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I guess this is the current equivalent - the CAAD9-5...even with 105 you should notice a big difference. The frame is very snappy but also quite comfy. Compared to the old 1980s AL Cannondale I had years ago it's a luxury ride - but still has all the bite and acceleration.

The smallest size (48cm) has 740mm of standover and a 515mm top tube.

My wife is about 5'3". 29-30" inseam and she has the 50cm (753mm standover, 525mm top tube), she definitely needed a short stem (about a 80mm) but then she was good to go.
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Felt makes some pretty good bikes from what my friends say.
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thanks for the suggestions, folks!

I've got a connection on a few bikes, so I'm looking at the Fuji Silhouette or Jamis Xenith Comp, which I could get for around my price point. Specialized Ruby Elite has also come up in quite a few conversations.

I'm currently on a 43 cm, and couldn't go much bigger than that :-/
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Try the Ebay completed auction feature in advanced search. I'd agree with the $500-600. the small size may limit your market, but it also could make it valuable to someone who wants a 43cm bike and can't find many options.
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Thanks! I didn't realize you could search completed listings.

I didn't find any 1600's, but an 08 2.1 (comparable) sold at $950 with 150 miles on it (whats with 150 miles? its like the magic number everyone picks. I'd say the same, but my computer says otherwise)
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Originally Posted by artifice
SO, when I sell this bike, what should I get next? (2k budget)
Some specifics of your riding style and preferences/requirements would be helpful.

Someone's going to say CAAD9, but those only go down to 48cm. Seems that the Synapse Feminine and Six Feminine models are well-regarded, and those go down to a (sloping) 44cm:



And they don't have flowers and frou-frou!



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Assuming yours has all those components (Bontrager and 105 with some Ultegra) I am guessing $500-600ish is what you'd get, conservatively. Maybe more.
That'd be my guess as well, though I have nothing to back it up. Maybe start it at $700-750 on craigslist and see what kind of offers roll in.
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Surprisingly, I've had 3 responses in under an hour. All from women in the 5'1" range. I think I can afford to be firm on price- because its rare to find a used bike in my size (I would know). Still saves the buyer a huge % off what they would spend walking into a bike shop and paying retail + tax!


Preferences: NOT purple. I know, its how the bike fits- but I refuse to ride a purple bike. Also not a fan of a lot of the "WSD-touches" but from my experience, the geometry fits me best.

Riding style: not quite sure what you want to know? recreational group and solo rides, the occasional triathlon.
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actually not so surprising given it;s April - people are in the same boat as you wanting a nicer steed for the summer - that Trek is an awesome upgrade for someone riding a lesser bike. Good luck with the sale!
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Just wondering - does the 43 Trek have 650 wheels? If so, are you happy with them or will your new bike have 700s? I'm curious because my daughter is in the market for a road bike and at 5'2" shes seen both wheel sizes in bikes that "fit" her.
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Originally Posted by Baftap
Just wondering - does the 43 Trek have 650 wheels? If so, are you happy with them or will your new bike have 700s? I'm curious because my daughter is in the market for a road bike and at 5'2" shes seen both wheel sizes in bikes that "fit" her.
Yes, it does have 650's. I was set on the trek 1600 (based on availability and price point at the time). I test rode both the WSD (650 wheels) and Men's (700), and went with the WSD based on it being a better overall fit for me. The men's also definitely had some toe overlap. I'd suggest she try a few different models with and without 650, and decide what works best.

I'm back to the drawing board with the 650 versus 700 wheel debate, and will be out test riding once again!

There is a smaller selection of tires and rims in 650 also, if that is a concern.
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