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1999 Trek 2500 worth $400?

Old 10-13-09, 10:37 AM
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1999 Trek 2500 worth $400?

Hi, any opinions on this bike? I have the possibility to pick one up for $400 and it's in pretty good shape with seemingly low miles. This will be my first road bike, I've been riding a Trek 7.3FX all summer but want to transition to something a little faster without shelling out tons of money. I also picked up the 7.3 used and it's a tad small for me, so I also wanted to get something that fit me better (which this does) and also something with drops.

The one oddity is that it's all 105 group set with a triple, but bikepedia says it came with Dura-Ace and a double. Should that make me concerned? The seller is apparently selling it for his bro-in-law and he's not extremely knowledgeable about the bike (about as knowledgeable as I am )

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Old 10-13-09, 11:15 AM
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Selling it for his brother in law? Why isn't his brother in law selling it? Unless his brother in law is in Afghanistan or Iraq.. it sounds fishy (stolen).
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Yeah, I was worried about that too. It has been posted online for a while, so I was thinking if it was stolen it wouldn't be so out in the open...maybe I'm just kidding myself. I checked out the bike in person too and the guy seems fairly legit.
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I don't think 105 existed in '99 as '105'- how many gears in the rear? Just a question for us nerds- I assume some parts have been upgraded over time, which is totally reasonable. $400 for a 10-year-old bike is overpriced IMO- but, if its got newer 9-speed 105 hardware, then its a more reasonable price.

If the seller has had the bike up for a long time at 400, and it feels solid and fits right, offer 300.
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I don't think 105 existed in '99 as '105'- how many gears in the rear? Just a question for us nerds- I assume some parts have been upgraded over time, which is totally reasonable. $400 for a 10-year-old bike is overpriced IMO- but, if its got newer 9-speed 105 hardware, then its a more reasonable price.

If the seller has had the bike up for a long time at 400, and it feels solid and fits right, offer 300.
Yes it was. Been around for a long time.
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OK, thought 105 didn't appear until a couple years later. Edit: Sheldon has a '1997 timeline' with 105 on it.

Just a thought- Alex, does it have integrated brake/shifting levers, or are they downtube shifters? Can you post a picture?

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Raiden, it's 8-speed in the rear. It's got integrated brakes/shifting levers also which is something else I wanted. The pics aren't great, here's the best one:



I also searched the stolenbike registry and other nearby craigslists just in case and didn't find anything.

Thanks for the input!
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Just about any STI-equipped bike in rideable condition is going to start at $300, so $400 is not bad just on the surface, but condition and consumables matter. FWIW - I just sold a '97 Bianchi mostly Mirage for $300, but the tires and brakes were probably 50%, paint had some issues.

And 105 has been around since 1987.
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Thanks Bob! That's kind of the trend I've seen. One other thing is that it's a 63cm (I'm 6'7") which I really don't see a lot of used around here unless it's something like an old Schwinn Varsity or similar. Just seeing the size made me want to jump on it.

edit: Also, the paint is in pretty damn good shape for 10 years old, just a couple very minor scratches.
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One more question about the bike: does anyone have an idea about the widest tire I can fit on the bike? I'd probably like to put 28mm or even 30mm on this as opposed to the 23's now. Am I going to be wheel or frame limited (or something else I'm not aware of)? Thanks.
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Off hand I can't tell but chances are it will be able to clear a 28, probably not a 30.
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