Nov 16, 2003 8:59 AM
|Is it possible to find Lemond frames at prices discounted to retail or are their prices controlled by the factory? I'm interested in buying a custom Ti frameset but before I go to the local dealer and pay full stroke, I wanted to know if deals are available.|
|re: Lemond frames||RyanC|
Nov 19, 2003 8:43 PM
|Most likely not. I worked for a Trek dealer for a few years and they have a very strict policy regarding sales practices of their products (Trek "family" includes Lemond as well as Gary Fisher and Klein). They sternly say no internet sales whatsoever, so finding a new bike, much less a frame only would be tough at a discounted price somewhere online. It would be sheer luck or a case of slipping through the cracks if you do find one. Your best bet is checking at dealers for last year's bikes. However, few dealers stock frames, and those that do don't have many sizes.
The answer to your first question is no, Trek does not control prices on their products, but by regulating sales to bicycle shops only, the prices are effectively kept from reaching really low blowout prices due to the fact that shops have to maintain a certain margin to make a profit (if any) on the bikes they sell.
Since you're going Ti, I'd recommend going full custom on the frame if you can afford it. Serotta, Litespeed, Seven, and Merlin are just a few really good custom companies to buy a frame from. Since a Ti frame can basically last you a lifetime, might as well spend the extra bucks and make sure it fits you like a glove. Just my opinion. Good luck with your purchase, wish I could afford Ti!
|Thanks, Ryan, for your time in reply; all thought noted. nm.||mainframe|
Nov 20, 2003 7:54 AM