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Old 03-01-11, 07:09 PM
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Buying a used Trek

There's a guy in my area selling a Trek 2200 for $450. He claims the bike is in good condition outside of some normal wear and tear. It's the 2001 model so all the details can be found at https://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...2200&Type=bike

basically it's all 105 parts but he's upgraded the saddle to "Fizik Aliante Saddle with Titanium Rails" and is including a Cateye Astralle 8 Bike Computer. I've requested a meet-up so I can view the bike. I've ridden a trek 1.5 56cm (size the 2200 is) and it felt great so I'm hoping for a similar feel from this one, as I was hoping to keep costs down as this is my first "real" bike, even if it's entry level (I've been riding a schwin trail way for the previous 2 years )

Does this price seem fair to you? I've previously been asking about bikes I've been viewing on another forum (not dedicated to bikes) but there's only a handful of people at best who seem interested so I'm hoping to have more luck here.

Any feedback or suggestions would be much appreciated.
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that link is to a different bike in Arizona without any feedback :/
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Everything you need to know about used Treks here.
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haha damn. any threads like that for second owners of different companies? I would imagine that's a pretty common policy among companies.

I do understand the risk of a new vs used with things like the warranty, but at the price point of $450 (vs $1650 new at the time or even $1100 to get a Trek 1.5 instead) felt like a good risk/reward. Maybe I'm wrong though
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Originally Posted by BarryJo View Post
Everything you need to know about used Treks here.
Why link to that thread, the trek website clearly gives info on their warranty and it does not include second owners - quite rightly so.

to the op, go for it if you like the bike
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so you think that price point is about right for a 10 year old bike? (assuming the condition is as good as described)
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If you can spend $80. more, get this...

https://villagecycle.com/product/10-trek-1.1-59791-1.htm

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At that price and age its all about condition, will it need a new chain or cassette straight away, are bot the tires shot or ok, are all cables good, do any bearings have play in them/need servicing or replacing. If all is ok then its worth what you will pay for it. I would try and knock em down a little as 10 years is quite a lot of years unless it has never been used
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Originally Posted by 2ndGen View Post
If you can spend $80. more, get this...

https://villagecycle.com/product/10-trek-1.1-59791-1.htm

Thats probably what I would do
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Originally Posted by lazerzxr View Post
Why link to that thread, the trek website clearly gives info on their warranty and it does not include second owners - quite rightly so.

to the op, go for it if you like the bike
Who reads a warranty before buying a bike?
I was doing the OP a huge favor by linking that thread so they know what they're getting themselves into.
Just in case something goes wrong.
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Originally Posted by lazerzxr View Post
At that price and age its all about condition, will it need a new chain or cassette straight away, are bot the tires shot or ok, are all cables good, do any bearings have play in them/need servicing or replacing. If all is ok then its worth what you will pay for it. I would try and knock em down a little as 10 years is quite a lot of years unless it has never been used
He describes the condition as "excellent". I asked how much he road it, he estimates he has less than 1500 miles on it. Thanks for bringing up other things I should check on as well
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Originally Posted by BarryJo View Post
Who reads a warranty before buying a bike?
I was doing the OP a huge favor by linking that thread so they know what they're getting themselves into.
Just in case something goes wrong.
Fair enough. If I was getting a second hand 10 year old bike i would just assume there was no warranty and wouldnt have the nerve to turn up at a dealer with my busted steed and suggest otherwise. But maybe i'm in the 50% of people with above average intelligence.
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Originally Posted by hamfoh View Post
He describes the condition as "excellent". I asked how much he road it, he estimates he has less than 1500 miles on it. Thanks for bringing up other things I should check on as well
That could very well be all true and if you like the way a decade old aluminum bike rides, then I'd say get it. Great upgrades already.
I really mean that. If that bike would make you happy, then I'd say get it and enjoy it!

"But", I just wanted to show you what else is out there.
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Originally Posted by 2ndGen View Post
If you can spend $80. more, get this...

https://villagecycle.com/product/10-trek-1.1-59791-1.htm

my local dealers here have them at $650 (I'm just guessing it's going to be hard to talk them down on their lowest model bike). After assembly charge I might as well buy from them for the relationship brownie points I guess.

So you would rather have new Sora/Aluminum Fork vs used 105/Carbon fork? What if I can get the bike @ $400?

I appreciate all the feedback from everyone. It's exactly what I was hoping for. Alternatives to this as well. I've thought about the new 1.1 (even the 1.2, since it's got full sora and the carbon frame)

I just noticed that link has lots of older models at a significant discount. I wish I lived there, they don't seem to ship any of them though. (I'm in Houston)

It's not that the 2200 will make me more happy than a 1.1 or 1.2 - I'm trying to maximize my dollar under a fairly strict budget. This bike is bright yellow, so I'm not exactly jumping for joy to have it, but in my area the pickings are slim for used bikes, where I've looked at least
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Originally Posted by lazerzxr View Post
Fair enough. If I was getting a second hand 10 year old bike i would just assume there was no warranty and wouldnt have the nerve to turn up at a dealer with my busted steed and suggest otherwise. But maybe i'm in the 50% of people with above average intelligence.
Sucks for you. Us dummies sometimes get an awful lot just by asking...
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So you would rather have new Sora/Aluminum Fork vs used 105/Carbon fork?
No

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Originally Posted by hamfoh View Post
my local dealers here have them at $650 (I'm just guessing it's going to be hard to talk them down on their lowest model bike). After assembly charge I might as well buy from them for the relationship brownie points I guess.

So you would rather have new Sora/Aluminum Fork vs used 105/Carbon fork? What if I can get the bike @ $400?

I appreciate all the feedback from everyone. It's exactly what I was hoping for. Alternatives to this as well. I've thought about the new 1.1 (even the 1.2, since it's got full sora and the carbon frame)

I just noticed that link has lots of older models at a significant discount. I wish I lived there, they don't seem to ship any of them though. (I'm in Houston)

It's not that the 2200 will make me more happy than a 1.1 or 1.2 - I'm trying to maximize my dollar under a fairly strict budget. This bike is bright yellow, so I'm not exactly jumping for joy to have it, but in my area the pickings are slim for used bikes, where I've looked at least
You can easily get that Trek at $599./assembled and with at least your first free tune up after a few hundred miles.
$599. is the going rate for a 2011. For a 2010, you should be able to get if for much less.

If you buy a used bike, consider other potential costs like tires, brake pads, tune up, etc...
I'd rather get the new bike with a warranty and all the benefits of a local bike store (LBS).
The older Trek will still be just that..."old". With no warranty.

If you're going to spend that much, you might as well go brand new.

Just my 2 cents. I had an older bike.
Bought a new Trek 1.5. LOVED IT!
Then, upgraded to what I have now.

If that's your budget, then get the most bike you can for that money.
That Trek is priced about right (considering that it has a great saddle and computer).
Take that away and you'd be paying what the bike's pretty much worth (about $200.-$250. if its in that good shape).

But again, be prepared to start replacing parts. Keep a stash on the side.
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Originally Posted by adclark View Post
No
That was the general consensus from the few people who had given me feedback prior to joining bikeforum. I'm just as wary as anyone else about a used bike though (especially at that age) and would love to have a newer bike with carbon/tiagra+ at a similar price (preferably sub 600) fall into my lap
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Originally Posted by 2ndGen View Post
You can easily get that Trek at $599./assembled and with at least your first free tune up after a few hundred miles.
$599. is the going rate for a 2011. For a 2010, you should be able to get if for much less.

If you buy a used bike, consider other potential costs like tires, brake pads, tune up, etc...
I'd rather get the new bike with a warranty and all the benefits of a local bike store (LBS).
The older Trek will still be just that..."old". With no warranty.

If you're going to spend that much, you might as well go brand new.

Just my 2 cents. I had an older bike.
Bought a new Trek 1.5. LOVED IT!
Then, upgraded to what I have now.

If that's your budget, then get the most bike you can for that money.
That Trek is priced about right (considering that it has a great saddle and computer).
Take that away and you'd be paying what the bike's pretty much worth (about $200.-$250. if its in that good shape).

But again, be prepared to start replacing parts. Keep a stash on the side.
I really wish a 1.5 was in my budget right now. It's the bike I rode at my last LBS and I absolutely loved it. I had to pull myself from the store not to whip out a credit card and walk off with it right there. My thought on the 1.1 was it's lower end parts and aluminum fork. I kinda felt like if I'm going to spend $450-$700 on a bike, I should try to get the best equipment possible. But like I've also mentioned, I'm a total amateur
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Originally Posted by hamfoh View Post
I really wish a 1.5 was in my budget right now. It's the bike I rode at my last LBS and I absolutely loved it. I had to pull myself from the store not to whip out a credit card and walk off with it right there.
Bro, whip out the credit card, buy it, love it and be done with it!
Nobody ever regretted getting exactly what they wanted!
You'll enjoy making payments on it (BTW...I bought my 1.5 on layaway).

If you got the old Trek, you'd end up getting a new bike anyway and probably a lot sooner than you think.
Then, you can keep the old Trek as a back-up bike and swap the Fizik saddle to the new bike along with the computer.
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If price was my biggest concern I could see buying the used bike. You can get a totally decent tiagra/sora mix bike with the carbon for And a warranty for about 700 though.
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haha you're terrible. I would, I really would any other day but I just paid off $7,000 of debt off and then had to take out student loans again two weeks later ().

I'd love to find a 2008 1.5 rotting in a shop somewhere
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If price was my biggest concern I could see buying the used bike. You can get a totally decent tiagra/sora mix bike with the carbon for And a warranty for about 700 though.
Yeah I noticed if I went Felt I could save a few hundred vs 1.5 and end up with carbon and tiagra/sora ($750ish new I think), though I read somewhere they're actually much heavier because of the anchor? Does that sound right? haha.
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