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Ever "Demo'ed" a Trek Bike???(11 posts)

Ever "Demo'ed" a Trek Bike???briko51
Aug 30, 2002 7:39 AM
i've been dealing with this local shop now for over a month hoping to demo a trek 5200 for a day or two to get a better feel for one. does it really take that long to get ahold of one? the dude always says he's waiting to hear back from a Trek Rep...but for a month???

is he just blowing me off? or does it usually take that long...
have a friend locallyJS Haiku Shop
Aug 30, 2002 7:44 AM
who went from shop to shop for about a month, demoing a different bike every weekend. he'd show for the group ride with a litespeed one week, lemond the next, and finally rode and settled on a 5200. each shop (surprisingly) let him keep each bike from friday to monday, on his word.
Why screw with them?grzy
Aug 30, 2002 8:25 AM
Depends on the shop. They're a cheap bunch trying to keep their costs down and in today's environment who can blame them? The demo deal typically works two ways: the shop takes one of their new bikes and lets people ride it then sells it at a discount b/c the bike will show use (also the paint chips like crazy IMO). This comes right off their profit margin and the only pay back is that maybe they sell a bike vs. not selling one. Or maybe the customer demos the bike then buys it elsewhere for less. the other way is that the manufacturere (aka Trek) authorizes a demo and makes up the difference to the dealer in the lost profit. Of course this has to be authorized and sounds like what the LBS is waiting for. When times are good and bikes are selling (usually in the spring) shops are much more willing to do this sort of thing. You can see it happen towards the end of the season when they're trying to lower the inventory and stuff is going to be discounted anyways.

Why not just go to another shop with 5200's? They're a dime a dozen. The alternate is to borrow one from a friend or someone who is selling a used one in your size. I sold mine for around $1,100 - it's not even that expensive a bike unless you have to have a new one in this year's colors. They all kind of ride like dead plastic bikes, but hey, it's good enough for The Man. Who are we to question things?
Aug 30, 2002 8:27 AM
My experience:

Store offering Cannondale: Here, ride it around the parking lot.

Store offering Trek and Specialized: We have a two mile loop behind the store we suggest.

Store offering LeMond: Leave a credit card and take it home. Let us know how you like it.

I bought the LeMond. I would like to think it was on the merit of the bike, but being able to demo it more thoroughly might have had an effect. Certainly made be feel better about it.
Trek is Lemond though (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 30, 2002 8:42 AM
Yup, it's really a shop choice, not a manufacturer choiceDCP
Aug 30, 2002 11:29 AM
Demoed the 5200 at a couple of shops,djg
Aug 30, 2002 9:08 AM
although not this year. It wasn't a problem and they didn't limit my ride.

OTOH, if they're just getting in the new models and don't have your size, I suppose it could take a while.
re: Ever "Demo'ed" a Trek Bike???aliensporebomb
Aug 30, 2002 11:00 AM
This is an interesting topic because I think this is one
thing that gets brushed over when buying bikes.

When I bought my TCR2, I tried it out for about 30 minutes
in the streets behind the bike shop. It was probably a
five mile ride all told.

I think they were afraid I wasn't coming back but I tried a few other bikes out that day, slept on it, came back and test rode the one I wanted again and bought it that afternoon and took it home.

I'm thinking that if you really are going to lay down the
coin for something good they should let you try it for more
than a spin around the parking lot.

They might not like it but if you end up buying it they
won't mind. If you end up with the wrong bike, obviously
you'll be coming back griping a lot so .....that's NOT
what they want. I made the right choice.

It was kind of fun riding around a bunch of different
bikes and getting to pick and choose.
re: Ever "Demo'ed" a Trek Bike???briko51
Aug 30, 2002 1:30 PM
yeah, i love the fact that a few shops have let me try out a few bikes in the neighborhood behind the shop, but then again i was only in cargo shorts and flip flops and couldn't get a "True" feel...

i loved the cannondale CAAD7 R3000, but then liked the TCR1 more...but then tried a 110carbon 5700 and like it the i wanted to try one close to it but with real pedals and for a few hour ride...but oh well...i must be patient...
They should have one on site for demosgetoffmywheel
Aug 30, 2002 11:25 AM
If you live in the Chicago area, go to Alberto's in Winnetka. If they know you and your're a regular, they'll late you take it out all day. I was even able to demo a Serotta Ottro. Demoed and bought a Trek Fuel 100 after riding technical single track for 3 hours-I was careful but talk about faith.

Find another shop. Mine's moving farther away from me and I still won't go any place else.
Thanks for all the input guys!!! :) (nm)briko51
Aug 30, 2002 1:31 PM