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When is "End of the Year" for Bike Manufacturers?(5 posts)

When is "End of the Year" for Bike Manufacturers?MeDotOrg
Jun 22, 2001 9:11 AM
A recent post talked about the good deals people can get on Litespeed frames at the end of the model year. I'm assuming this is September or October, but does anyone know for sure? Does anyone have a schedule of when different manufacturers release new models?
This might be helpfulDCP
Jun 22, 2001 9:44 AM
I can only offer my experience, but it might be heldful.

I bought a 2000 Schwinn MTB at REI in October last year at quite a substantial discount. Local LBS' had some new models in stock at that time which they were not substantially discounting. When sales are good, they seem to have little incentive to offer discounts on the new models until after the holiday season.
This might be helpfuljeez
Jun 22, 2001 9:46 AM
Interbike is in Sept, and new stuff rolls out shortly thereafter
I'd say you could get good deals, from maybe now on.Groucho Marx
Jun 22, 2001 10:11 AM
I got my giant at about 15% off, which is not the largest discount, but it was brand new, and they're pretty cheap anyways. That was august. I'd say I could've gotten it for that price even a little earlier.
DependsSpoke Wrench
Jun 22, 2001 4:59 PM
For the past few years, most of the bike manufacturers have rolled out their low end bikes whenever the old models ran out. Certainly, I expect to start seeing some 2002 model bikes soon.

For the last few years, Shimano has restricted release of new components until after the Interbike trade show. This has effectively prevented most manufacturers from releasing cutting edge new models until that time. Some manufacturers, hoewever, have gotten around that by specing non-Shimano components.