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Old 07-22-10, 11:10 AM
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Fair price for an LHT frame plus fork

I am thinking of selling my LHT frame and fork (its too big). I travel too light to justify such a burly bike anyway. I have a cross check rigged with a rear rack and good wheels now that fits perfectly.
2 things...is there much of a market for LHT frames? I have never seen one on Craiglsist or Ebay. If so, whats a fair price? I think new they are about 450, mine is in pretty much perfect condition except for some of the decals peeled off a little.
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I'd start with 30% off what you see them going for online and see what happens. The Surly/CC Google Group is a good place to try:

https://groups.google.com/group/surlylht

Hard to say what would happen...I'd probably not pay more than 50% given the shipping costs involved for a frame. Obviously best to sell locally.
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it'll sell, I sold mine with headset, bb, and stem for $250.
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They are $430 new, plus shipping. At least they were in April when I bought mine.

I wanted a particular color (neither of the currently available colors) so I shopped for 3 weeks till I found a still-in-box 2009 in my color. The guy wanted $550 plus shipping (what can I say? It was the only New-in-box Olive 56cm LHT in America ) but I was able to get him down to $500 delivered.

I looked at a number of LHT complete bikes and frames and didn't find many selling for too much under the new price. LeeG, I didn't find anything near $250 when I was looking, which included eBay and nationwide CL searches. Well, at least nothing in 56. There may have been some others that were cheap but were not my size so I didn't even think about it.

Anyway, I would think you could get $300 real easy if the bike looks new.
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What size? Color? I'm in central CA, so might be interested if size is right.
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Originally Posted by NoGaBiker

I looked at a number of LHT complete bikes and frames and didn't find many selling for too much under the new price. LeeG, I didn't find anything near $250 when I was looking, which included eBay and nationwide CL searches. Well, at least nothing in 56. There may have been some others that were cheap but were not my size so I didn't even think about it.

Anyway, I would think you could get $300 real easy if the bike looks new.
I wanted to sell it quickly so $250 for a two year old frame that I bought as a complete bike for $950 seems fair to me. What gets me is that was how much I could sell my 25yr old 56cm Bottechia which was a complete bike with Shimano 105/600/Campy gear. I agree he will get responses at $300 and quite likely a sale if it is in perfect condition and some offers for less. Personally if I was looking for buying a used item in perfect condition wholesale is the starting point since a smart shopper can patiently wait and find a sale price for a new item close to that.
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Originally Posted by LeeG
Personally if I was looking for buying a used item in perfect condition wholesale is the starting point since a smart shopper can patiently wait and find a sale price for a new item close to that.
Ordinarily quite true, and fortunately all the stuff you hang off the frame can be had at great discounts. But my experience with the LHT is that the discounts for new frames have been exactly $0 -- I've not seen one for less than $430 in the past year. I've been looking casually since spring 2009, and quite seriously (cash in hand) during the 3-week period of this spring when I bought one.

So with new prices staying at the same level and demand rising, used prices aren't tumbling like with generic components. (See iPod.)
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What size? Color? I'm in central CA, so might be interested if size is right.
56, olive green. Im willing to part with most all the parts but the rear DR and the wheels.
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Originally Posted by NoGaBiker

So with new prices staying at the same level and demand rising, used prices aren't tumbling like with generic components. (See iPod.)
On the selling end too, being patient can get you the price you want. I sold a CAAD9 frame used that had been raced plenty, and rode a ton, for 450, mostly because its next to impossible to find a CAAD9 bare frame (Cannondale doesn't sell just the frame except on team deals)
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Originally Posted by benajah
56, olive green. Im willing to part with most all the parts but the rear DR and the wheels.
Dang, I hate you! Where were you in April?
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Dang, I hate you! Where were you in April?
Or why don't you live in DC?! Not that I have the cash for the purchase right now, unfortunately...
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That sounds good, but at 6' 4" I think I need something more like a 60. Dang--almost had it built (in my mind, at least)
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