You’ve probably heard the old adage “once you drive it off the lot” when you buy a new car. The same goes for bicycles; depreciation is real!
Don’t get me wrong, new bikes are great.
The crisp shifting, the feel of brand new grips on your hands. The plushness of the newest and greatest suspension, or how amazing brakes have come. The comfort of tubeless on the mountain bike, or even on the road.
Bicycles have come a long way, in a short amount of time, but the fact is there that new bike prices are HIGH. Just riding around an Auburn loop the other day, I spotted half a dozen bikes over $10,000! Which is fine, but wouldn’t you love to own that same bike for about half the price?
Latest and Greatest: The Trickledown Effect
The last decade for mountain biking has been nothing short of amazing. Almost any bike you buy nowadays, can do everything well. The evolution of trail/enduro bikes that can climb as well as they descend, to the new choices in wheel size that make hardtails and cross-country really fun again, has given the consumer more great options. With some riders looking to upgrade to new bikes in as little as 1-3 years, it really makes the used market a seemingly-endless array of options. Why don’t you let them take the hit?
Manufacturing quality has come a long ways in the last decade. Welds are better, engineering is better, carbon is stronger and lighter. When I think quality, I’m thinking about the perfect welds of a Lynskey or Moots titanium frame, or the perfect carbon layup of a Santa Cruz (or even a Giant Advanced SL or an Specialized S-Works World Cup). Everything about the newer generation of bicycles is just…better! A 3-year old Yeti 575 will last you another decade. A carbon Santa Cruz tallboy will last you forever. A steel singlespeed, nothing much can go wrong! The evolution of the manufacturing process has given used frames a longer lifetime than before, while the durability and weight loss in the parts groups from Shimano, Sram, and Campagnolo have been proven.
Most major manufacturers even cover defects and some even offer crash replacement pricing, to the 2nd, 3rd, or even 5th owners of bikes. While not always the case, a lot of manufacturers are really stepping up to cover the life of the bike, which is a godsend in the used market.
Auburn Bike Company is your one stop shop. Come in for an estimate on what your bike is worth, or to get a great deal on a used bike, TODAY! We don’t just toss a value on a bike, we research the secondary markets and find the real-world value of your bike, while also letting you know what is a good deal or not.
Check out our Ebay Store, it’s being updated nearly daily, and there is still a ton of stuff in store that is at blowout prices that isn’t even listed yet: http://stores.ebay.com/auburnbikecompany/