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Looking for Advice on Buying a Used Trek 5200(10 posts)

Looking for Advice on Buying a Used Trek 5200packyb
Sep 12, 2002 5:46 PM
I am considering buying a 2000 USPS Trek 5200 (at least I think it is a 2000 – it is white with blue USPS decals).

The bike is coming stock - Rolf Vector Comp wheels, Ultegra group, aHeadset, plus shimano pedals. It has been ridden less than 1,000 miles, and has some non-structural cosmetic dings that go through the paint under the top tube (from car rack). Otherwise it is in good condition. Any thoughts as to a fair price? The owner is asking $1,500 – good deal?

Thanks in advance.
hmmmm...jtolleson
Sep 12, 2002 5:53 PM
I'm not an OCLV expert but I thought the 2000 was predominately blue, not predominately white.

Anyway, the used bike market is notoriously soft, so for an Ultegra-equipped anything, even at low miles, I think this bike is more enticing closer to $1000.
Color schemejtolleson
Sep 12, 2002 6:00 PM
Ignore my color scheme analysis... did a quick 'net snoop and white with blue decals would indeed appear to be the 2000 Postie version.

But my analysis of the price stands... in the used market you'd be amazed what $1500 will buy... DA-equipped ti? Sometimes!
Color schemecdale02
Sep 12, 2002 6:18 PM
The Posties rode the white bikes in 2000 for the Tour, but the white bikes where actually the 2001 models for the public. (you were correct that the 2000 model was blue).

still the bike is two years old (2003's are out now) and I would expect to pay around half of retail when new. 2,500/2 = $1250. That is where I would start to bargain ..... although I really didn't like those white bikes......
what about warranty issues?ET
Sep 12, 2002 6:35 PM
A secondhand Trek won't be covered by the lifetime warranty available to the original owner. So if OCLV really has a decent chance of breaking when hammering up hills, maybe that should be a factor too.
Despite what the others say,elviento
Sep 12, 2002 7:35 PM
a 2001 5200 typically goes for $1600 on the second hand market. Thanks to the aura given to this frame by Lance's 4 tour wins, your typical ultegra-bike-second-hand-at-$1000 does not quite apply.

Yes the warranty will be void, like EVERY bike on the used market.

But I am a fan of the OCLV and have owned 3 (a 96, a 99, and a 01). I also own a litespeed and a colnago, so I have comparison.

As for the damage on this particular bike, it's beyond our guess since we can't see it. If the damage aren't structural, then $1500 is a normal second hand price (not exactly a steal, but the USPS OCLV has been pretty popular so I am sure the seller has a few inquiries).
but is the void warranty much more of an issue with OCLV?ET
Sep 13, 2002 5:56 AM
That's what I'm asking. Some seem to think the risk of an OCLV frame breaking in mid-ride is much greater than that for other frames.
re: Looking for Advice on Buying a Used Trek 5200Film No More
Sep 13, 2002 4:14 AM
I am a huge fan of the OCLV's. It sounds like you may be looking at anywhere from a 99 to 2000 model. Check out the steering tube. I think Trek went to 1 1/8 in 2000.

I have bought several used OCLV's but for no where near as much $$ as you are considering.

My advice, it is close to the end of season, be patient and find a perfect model for possibly less in the next few months.

Food for thought, I just bought a perfect 2000 ultegra/rolf set up for $650.00. The deals are out there, keep looking.
re: Looking for Advice on Buying a Used Trek 5200filtersweep
Sep 13, 2002 4:25 AM
My LBS is selling last year's model for $2000- new.

Only 1000 miles? I ride that in less than two months.... maybe it is accurate, maybe not?

This might be a "better" deal if it is a local seller and you can feel and taste the bike in person- but if this is an ebay bike, forget it! Newer ebay bikes can easily be had for $1600... with "less" damage.
been riding OCLV's since 1992 - Yes, 1992jose_Tex_mex
Sep 13, 2002 2:10 PM
I bought the first Lunar OCLV in 1992 and put thousands of miles on it. I would trust carbon without hesitation. My frame did crack. However, the problem was the lack of an anti-chain suck thing on the drive side chain stay. My bike was probably pre-production so they just didh't have that piece at the time.
So when the chain popped it gashed the carbon and later when I hit a severe pothole the stay gave out. The only way I knew it gave out was because it wasn't shifting perfecctly. I still averaged 17mph for the next ten miles.

Now, did you say there was a ding or a paint chip? If the carbon is dinged then it's hosed and walk away from the deal. If there's a paint chip or rubbing as long as the carbon is not exposed (raw) you should be fine.

Where under the top tube is the ding? Is it possible that this could be a crush due to the owner putting it on the stand?

Yes, there is no warranty for a used bike.