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Old 11-17-21, 06:58 PM
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2005 Trek 520

I posted a similar thread on the C&V Appraisal forum and have received some good advice. However, this forum may bring a different perspective since the 520 is not very vintage.

I picked up a frame and fork locally for $25. A little rust inside the frame but I'm taking care of that. The paint is very good considering the age. The question is: Should I restore the 520 to original specs (mostly Deore LX groupset) or go the Alivio route with an entirely new groupset. I think a new Deore LX will cost more than the bike is worth and I will be selling it when it is completed. Age and health preclude doing multiple day tours.

Thanks in advance for your opinions and advise. Stay safe....
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Old 11-17-21, 07:41 PM
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If your goal is to put parts on it and sell it, considering the shortages of parts there is probably nobody that can tell you the best way to make a profit.
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Old 11-18-21, 07:14 AM
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I just paid $1800 for my 2022 Trek 520 just throwing that out there.
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Old 11-18-21, 09:40 AM
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I probably should have been more clear on my goal....not looking for a profit just want to produce a desirable tourer. I just don't want to put $1200 dollars into a bike that can sell for $350..
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Often times, last year's Deore is this year's Alivio, as Shimano trickles down their newest componentry to lesser group sets. And as much as I feel Deore is the lowest level that I personally would ride on, you might not have any choice but to go with the lower priced Alivio in order to make your money back.
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If you could find parts from a bike on craigslist, and move the pats over to the Trek, that would an affordable way to go. Going out and buying all the parts new, not so good/ will add up too quickly.
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I'm thinking just sell it to someone who will build it the way they want.
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Old 11-18-21, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Thulsadoom View Post
I'm thinking just sell it to someone who will build it the way they want.
Yup.

A bit over a decade ago there was a particular bike I wanted to buy, not sold in USA and I was not too interested in paying a lot in customs duty to import it from Europe. Then one popped up on Ebay, it was in Canada. And it was my exact size. I wanted the frame but it had a bunch of parts on it that I was not interested in, so I did not bid. But watched to see what it sold for. Apparently nobody else wanted that mix of parts, nobody bid. I e-mailed the owner to see if he was interested in selling the frame and fork. The end of that story is that I bought the frame and fork from him, have done several tours on it, and I likely will do more on it.

This Trek, not sure if that is still a USA made one or one that was welded in Taiwan, but those old Treks can be sought after for commuting, touring, fixies, etc. At that time I think that was the only steel bike that Trek sold, a friend of mine did not like his aluminum bike, so he bought a 520 to get a steel bike, would have been about that point in time.
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Old 11-20-21, 11:19 AM
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I built up a couple Trek mountain bikes recently with old parts I scavenged. If I had to buy the parts, I'd have put more into the bikes than I could have gotten out of them in the end. If you're not already sitting on a big supply of parts, it probably won't be worth the time and money to build it up.
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Old 11-20-21, 05:00 PM
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Unless you have a large spare parts bin or a donor bike, flipping frames / bikes usually yields little to no profit.
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