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Trek 1000 2005 Model Year: Is this worth $450?

Old 09-28-10, 08:18 AM
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Trek 1000 2005 Model Year: Is this worth $450?

https://madison.craigslist.org/bik/1968636876.html

Hello. I'm looking for a decent bike for my wife without breaking the bank. Someone on local craigslist has one in her size and has stated that it is in good condition with recent tuneup. It looks like these bikes sold for $500-$550 in 2005, as best as I can tell, but I'm not sure I could get a decent bike for that now at the LBS. I'm feeling like this is overpriced, but it is one of the only options that is the right size for her in our area besides some mid 80's frames so I'm a little torn. Aluminum and integrated shifting would definitely be nice for her. This is also near the top of our price range.

What do you all think?

I'm also interested in hearing your experience with this bike regarding function, value, durability, and comfort.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-28-10, 08:37 AM
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In your price range the is probably the best you are going to get. I would recommend Shimano Tiagra components, but it will cost more. Make sure the bike will fit your wife. It is very painful if you ride on a bike that is too big or too small.
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Old 09-28-10, 09:48 AM
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looks a little overpriced to me, but, more importantly make sure it fits her.

I don't know Trek geometry, but I am 6' and usually ride a 56 in most brands. Just a generality, but 56 cm bikes are usually made for the 5'10 or so crowd up to about 6'2" or so. Different brands, of course, fit differently, so YMMV.
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It's hard to find a used bike in good condition for a reasonable price. It seems like down here in Florida, a good road bike doesn't really go below $500, no matter what components you get on it. That bike down here even with Sora would have been gone already at $450, and that's taking into account that it's worth about $650-$700 new.
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I have an '05 1500 with 105 and ultegra bits. It is marked "56", but that's for the seat tube, not the top tube. The TT on my 1500 is 54 cm, and it's got the same dimensions as my 1988 Nishiki Olympic, which is a 54 cm bike.
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The Trek 1000 is a solid entry level road bike.
I think this one had Sora components. The thumb shifters suck, but otherwise the components should be solid (though a 5 year old bike may have some stuff replaced if it was actually ridden) Be sure to check out the components for wear and make sure you're not going to have to replace a bunch of stuff.

Assuming it is in good condition, $300-$350 seems fair. $450 seems pretty expensive.
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The post is already deleted. In any case if this is a 56 it is probably too big, unless your wife is very tall. The price is high also. Why pay close to retail for a 5 year old entry level bike?
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I bought a trek 2200, 2003, for my wife, with full 105, flight deck computer, in fantastic shape, for $400. So no, that bike isn't worth it IMO.
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Thanks Everyone!

I appreciate all of the advice. I agree, this one looks a little overpriced. We're actually going to test ride it anyway just to see, and check out some new Trek 1.2's and a used Specialized Sequoia. We're also considering a new Giant entry level bike and a Felt. Many of these seem like better deals. There have actually been several 1.2's going for $450-550 as of late on Craigslist (listed, anyway) but not in her size. It does seem like this one is a bit expensive in this market.
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