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Old 03-25-09, 01:23 PM
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Trek 520 Price

I saw a used Trek 520 in a pawnshop recently. It looked to be in decent shape. It probably needs new cables, bar tape, and chain. Tires and brakes appeared to be ok. I have no idea what year this thing is, but it has bar end shifters, so I'm guessing it's somewhat new. The sticker price is $800. What do you think such a bike could be purchased for?
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Old 03-25-09, 02:27 PM
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Sale price should depend on year and condition. Bar end shifters could be mid 80s or 2009, so that doesn't tell you much unless you can identify which bar end shifters. That price seems high to me unless it is recent and in mint condition and has some decent upgrades. If you can snap some quality photos and post them here, people could probably help you out, but without more info, nobody can tell you what is a reasonable price for that bike.
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A brand new 2009 model, with fenders, real touring gearing, all-new components and a warranty, can be had for about $1200, so I don't think I'd consider this one unless is was a fairly recent model and like new (including like-new tires). If you tell us the color, we can probably help you with the model year. E.g., 2006 is willow green, 2005 is Beaujolais, 2002-2004 is rainforest green, 2001 is slate pearl, 1998-2000 is pearl navy, etc.). Models earlier than 2009 often need gearing changes to work well for hilly touring.
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Assume you'll get around 25% off the sticker at least. Most pawn shops work that way.
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Old 03-25-09, 04:33 PM
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Well, I went to Trek's Archive pages, and based on color and geometry (and my memory) I think it's either a 2004 or 2007.
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Originally Posted by justin70
I saw a used Trek 520 in a pawnshop recently. It looked to be in decent shape. It probably needs new cables, bar tape, and chain. Tires and brakes appeared to be ok. I have no idea what year this thing is, but it has bar end shifters, so I'm guessing it's somewhat new. The sticker price is $800. What do you think such a bike could be purchased for?
That price is ridiculous. Pawn shops often want too much for bikes. $500 or so is much more realistic. They'll probably have it for a while, so maybe they will drop the price some (or a lot).
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Keep looking. Such a bike could be found for $400 or so. I've done it 3 times. And all of them were found in the local newspaper. And I live in South Florida, where practically nobody tours.
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A lot of times, pawn shops are willing to haggle on the price...
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Originally Posted by justin70
Well, I went to Trek's Archive pages, and based on color and geometry (and my memory) I think it's either a 2004 or 2007.
Well that's pretty new, I would probably pay $5-600 if the major components, drivetrain and paint was in good shape.
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just sold a 2008 with i think 1400 miles and over 500 in upgrades for 900. it really was AS new, had swapped it to a deore XT mtb crank, changed the cassette and chainrings for lower gearing, front rack, long cage rear der etc. this is NOT a good deal, even for a 2007, i think, unless it is MINT MINT and has had the crank and other items swapped for lowered gearing. IMO, one cannot really tour on the pre-2009 trek stock 520 because it has road gearing, not a touring setup. if this is a 2004, maybe 400.00, if 2007, maybe 500.00 if gearing is stock
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I bought a new 08 520 a few months ago for $800.00. Don't buy it.
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Mid eighties bikes had the shifters on the down tube. That way until about 1992.
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Originally Posted by tom cotter
Mid eighties bikes had the shifters on the down tube. That way until about 1992.
I'm confused. Why did you bring that up?
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