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Old 06-06-12, 07:47 AM
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Would you hesitate buying this bike?

Take a look at the 5th picture and the last picture in this auction.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/261038394331...9#ht_818wt_105
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Old 06-06-12, 08:20 AM
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For that price I would expect the bike's frame to have only superficial scratches. I wouldn't buy it and I wouldn't use it for touring.
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Old 06-06-12, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Jonathandavid
For that price I would expect the bike's frame to have only superficial scratches. I wouldn't buy it and I wouldn't use it for touring.
I might tour on it, but would not pay that price in that condition.

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I certainly wouldn't pay the asking price. Maybe if he deducted at least a couple hundred $$. Even then, I wouldn't use it for touring. Commuting, sure.
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He seems to be vague about how it happened in the questions/answers section. I would hesitate unless I knew how the damage occurred, and it was significantly cheaper.
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Originally Posted by zoltani
He seems to be vague about how it happened in the questions/answers section. I would hesitate unless I knew how the damage occurred, and it was significantly cheaper.
He avoided the question about the top tube ding altogether. $5 says it was crashed.
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Don't buy it....the steel frame is probably still serviceable, but the asking is too high considering what a new one would cost if you catch the REI discounts and factor in the REI dividend.
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Make a nice winter/beater bike......for half that price.
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Old 06-07-12, 10:38 AM
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Did you buy the bike?
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Old 06-07-12, 10:54 AM
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I did not.
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Old 06-07-12, 12:12 PM
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Good call thanks
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Old 06-07-12, 12:43 PM
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Someone bought it...
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Old 06-07-12, 09:08 PM
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As others have noted the price is too high, however, my current LHT has two dents on the top tube larger than that pictured. The first was created by TSA inspecting my bike while packed in a bike box. The second was created by someone driving a truck over my handlebars. I'm still riding and touring on it.
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Old 06-07-12, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by bwgride
As others have noted the price is too high, however, my current LHT has two dents on the top tube larger than that pictured. The first was created by TSA inspecting my bike while packed in a bike box. The second was created by someone driving a truck over my handlebars. I'm still riding and touring on it.
Not if a Canadian is buying it and living in a city charging premium prices for a Surly; especially if you're looking at $1600 plus taxes CAD sometimes for a complete bike which makes $750 relatively cheap even with 1 dent on it.
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My reasoning would be that I don't know how long the frame will last. It probably won't happen, but could fail at a critical moment. I just wouldn't be comfortable with it.

I don't have any experience buying bikes on ebay, but in order to pay abt. 50% for a bike I think it would have to be in 'used' condition, not worse. Maybe that's an unrealistic rule of thumb, maybe not.
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Originally Posted by Jonathandavid
My reasoning would be that I don't know how long the frame will last. It probably won't happen, but could fail at a critical moment. I just wouldn't be comfortable with it.

I don't have any experience buying bikes on ebay, but in order to pay abt. 50% for a bike I think it would have to be in 'used' condition, not worse. Maybe that's an unrealistic rule of thumb, maybe not.
To an American, the selling price of $750US is a bit high for a Surly LHT since you can get a new one close to that. Since I go down into the states quite often, the lowest price I had seen selling the LHT was $975US to a high of $1300 depending on the states you're in. $975 US was in Portland and with no tax, it's a deal to us Canadians! It's the same with Canadians going down into the states buying up distress properties in Arizona, Nevada and Florida for really cheap, where Americans would not dream of getting into since they got burned by the bubble and their inability to get any financing from US banks.
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Let me know where you can find a LHT for $975US.
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Old 06-08-12, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by sglane
Let me know where you can find a LHT for $975US.
This was the place I saw it sold last year in September for that price in limited sizing. My friend bought one there. Then in March of this year, it was selling for $1075US, though the site listed it as $1150 US. There is no tax in Portland, so it's a great deal regardless if you can get down there.

https://www.citybikes.coop/bikes/surl...-haul-trucker/
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Old 06-08-12, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by sglane
Let me know where you can find a LHT for $975US.
If you want to wait until the yearly REI 20% off sale, then it is $1,275 list minus the 20% ($255) for $1,020. And if you apply for an REI credit card (don't know if you have to do this in advance or not) which gives 10% off your purchase it will bring it down to $918. I don't recall if you get a dividend off this purchase or not, but if you do there will be more savings.
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Old 06-08-12, 12:46 PM
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Now if only the closest REI wasn't 5+ hours away.
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Originally Posted by sglane
Now if only the closest REI wasn't 5+ hours away.
Free US Standard shipping for orders over $50 or maybe a little extra cost on overweight items and they are having a 20% discount deal running now. Get them to ship it to your house assuming you know what frame size you need. REI guarantee can't be beat!

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Old 06-08-12, 02:45 PM
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The only option it gives me is ship to store.
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Just ordered a Surly LHT 58 cm in Blacktacular last night from my local bike shop. Hope to be riding by Friday.
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