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Why buy new?(11 posts)

Why buy new?Tim
Sep 5, 2001 6:57 PM
For the slightly money-conscience of us out there, does it make sense to buy a bike new? I know the advantages: full warrenty, proper fitting, piece of mind, but after picking up a '94 model Trek carbon fiber frame with Ultegra STI for 400 bucks, I don't think I'll ever consider buying new. Doesn't make sense unless money is no issue, and then you buy a Litespeed.
re: Why buy new?Lone Gunman
Sep 5, 2001 7:13 PM
There is always the chance that a used bike could have a bent frame, something that is not readily noticeable. It is buyer beware, what recourse do you have after money exchanges hands and you're screaming down a hill and the bike gets the shakes at 40mph. And internet buying, site unseen or ridden, I still haven't gotten the moxey to try it. I know exactly what you are saying, I will probably never buy another new car. You can find what you want used if you are patient and not take the 10 to 15% markup.
Unfortunately...tom c
Sep 5, 2001 7:28 PM
it's possible to buy misaligned frames from shops. As a matter of fact, the archives of this forum are rife with posts the likes of wheels not being centered in dropouts, bikes pulling to one side or the other etc. Money wise you have easier recourse, as you point out, with a seller you can see but caveat emptor is the rule no matter where you get goods.
The buying process is reversed.nee Spoke Wrench
Sep 6, 2001 6:11 AM
When you buy a brand new bike, you basically start with a budget. That drives your selection of the manufacturer, frame, component group etc. Then it's up to the LBS to get you the correct size.

When you buy a used bike, there's usually only one. You should evaluate the size first and, only if it's right, consider whether you can live with the frame and component group for the money.
I got lucky...Wannabe
Sep 6, 2001 7:53 AM
I got lucky on my used bike purchase. I wasn't really considering a used bike, but I enjoy looking and I found the perfect used bike. Owned by a shop owner with less than 300 miles on the bike and 0 miles on the wheels. It was a 2001 model Schwinn Fastback Limited with full Dura-Ace, Thompson seat post, TTT stem, Velomax Orions for less than $100/pound. The bike weighs 17.2 pounds and is smoother than my old bianchi steel ('91 or '92).

Most importantly, the bike fits great!

But then again, I got lucky. Also helps not to buy a some fancy Italian label or other similar nose-up label.

Andy - Wannabe
Used is a great strategy for the right bike.k
Sep 6, 2001 8:22 AM
If it doesn't fit, the frame, wheel systems break you're SOL. But you can find alot of nice deals as some people make wrong purchase decisions and/or get annual bike lust and always have to have the latest and greatest. It's getting about the time to look for those.
re: Why buy new?Mel Erickson
Sep 6, 2001 9:01 AM
If you're willing to accept the risk of buying used (basically no recourse after the sale) then do it. I've bought four bikes (two MTBs, one road, one tandem) from the classifieds on this site and MTBR.com. Every one has been as advertised and a good deal. BUT, you have to know what you're doing. You have to know what fits and what won't. Fortunately I've had lots of experience fitting bikes. If you feel comfortable then do it. Some of the buys can be super and the risk you take of getting a bike that doesn't fit is compensated by the fact you can probably sell it for about what you paid. Now, a greater risk is if the bike isn't as advertised and you can't, with good conscience, resell it for what you paid. I'll probably buy new again but for the cost conscious and adventuresome buying used can be great. It's worked for me.
here's whyColnagoFE
Sep 6, 2001 11:50 AM
You ever tried to buy a used 62cm frame? I'm sure they exist, but most frames sold are for more average sized people. also makes it tough to demo a bike. i rarely get that opportunity.
bad jujuJack S
Sep 6, 2001 12:22 PM
Bikes have soul, know karma. If the bike was owned previously by a bad or crash-prone rider, it is difficult for the bike to behave under the new owner. Better to start fresh sometimes.
Haven't seen too many great dealsChris Zeller
Sep 6, 2001 12:29 PM
Maybe I just have a thing for new bikes--a bike that you can really feel was just for you, but I haven't seen any really great deals lately. Most of the time bikeshops and internet sellers want 50-80% of the full price, which you can almost find in new bikes on closeout or hold-overs. I saw a like new Corsair fram/fork on MTBR classifieds that was almost full price. To me it's gotta be a great deal to make me buy used.

Now that Merlin I saw for $400 that was an incredible exception.
For that new bike smell! nmDog
Sep 6, 2001 6:46 PM