Yep, I paid $750 for mine brand new before '09s were out. I know it was a great deal and everything, but you should try to get them to come down to $600.shifturmind said:FWIW, I am selling my 2008 Trek 6500 locally for $600. It has about 100 miles on it. I would say $699 is high for an 07.
Have you considered the Motobecane Fantom trail? $595 will get you an equivalent if not slightly better components.10sballs said:Have an opportunity to pick up an 07 6500 disc for $699 at the LBS. Is that a good price? Looking for an entry level hardtail. $699 was a little more than I was planning to spend. Had my eyes on a '08 GT Avalanche 2.0, which I could pick up for about $450.
Have you considered the difference in warranty service between bikesdirect and buying from a LBS? Not to mention any free initial tune ups available to someone who is new to wrenching. Mail order companies are not for everyone. Yes, they are cheaper initially, but if anything goes wrong you end up paying just about as much or more than something you got from a shop.vparke1 said:Have you considered the Motobecane Fantom trail? $595 will get you an equivalent if not slightly better components.
The money use save on sales tax will cover the tune up. Bikesdirect offers a warranty. Bikes in general a pretty reliable, they have been building them for years. Sure frames get cracked but those occur in extreme cases. If you plan to spend less the a grand then you probably won't be doing any extreme riding. Take a look at the specs and you will see you will still be ahead. I was considering the 09 Trek 6000 for $825 but I compared it the the fantom. After I spent $595 on the Motobecane and I still have cash left for gear. Ask yourself, whats the worst thing that could happen and consider what you can do to prevent it or just look at the possibility of the undesirable event occurring, then get the fantom trail and take $40 to your LBS for the tune up.SpyderPride said:Have you considered the difference in warranty service between bikesdirect and buying from a LBS? Not to mention any free initial tune ups available to someone who is new to wrenching. Mail order companies are not for everyone. Yes, they are cheaper initially, but if anything goes wrong you end up paying just about as much or more than something you got from a shop.
You can't really make that generalization.vparke1 said:If you plan to spend less the a grand then you probably won't be doing any extreme riding.
Assuming you had the same luck with the online purchase of bike with same specs as a Trek 6500, you would still be ahead even if it cost you 200 bucks to ship it. The cost of a Trek 6500 at my local LBS is about 1150 including taxes. A fantom comp will cost you 795 plus 40 for and experience LBS to assemble, that's about 835. You are still ahead. Come on get the online and ride!!SpyderPride said:You can't really make that generalization.
The point I'm attempting to make is that if something breaks or doesn't work right (from defects, which are possible no matter what you get), you have to pay shipping to send your bike back to bikesdirect. With a LBS purchase, chances are you wont have to pay a single penny if something is messed up. Personally, I had a sticky Tora, then a leaky Tora, and now a perfect Reba, all within a few months of purchasing my bike and I didn't pay anything for any of it. My LBS took care of it (albeit they were very slow about it, but gave me a loaner fork to use in the meantime). I also crashed pretty hard on the bike on my third ride because it wasn't assembled correctly (rookie mechanic), broke and bent a few things, the shop took care of it for free. All flukes, all resolved at no cost to me. If you're the type that doesn't worry about anything bad happening to you, online mail-order bikes are a viable option. Just imagine how much shipping I would have had to pay if my luck would have been the same on a bike purchased online. Not only enough to justify the purchase of the 6500 from a shop, but probably a step or two above it.
Nah I'm not advertising, I just purchase the fantom Monday, and It should be delivered today. I agree, there is a certain amount of risk that one must feel compfortable with when he or she decides to buy online, and it is hard to beat the peace of mind you get from buying from a LBS. Thats probably why I went for the cheaper model. I would be hard pressed to spend more than a grand online. I was just trying to get your opinion. Ride safe.SpyderPride said:Not quite. If I would have had the same luck, I would have had to ship it in 3 times. I think the bike ends up costing about $100 total to ship (there and back). That would have been $900 if I would have bought a Fantom Trail. I paid $750 for my 6500 and got free adjustments for 3 months. If you buy online, you have to accept a certain risk.
You're starting to sound like you're advertising for bikesdirect. Anyways, I think he probably already bought something (thread was started 3 weeks ago).
4 lbs that's pretty good. The UPS tracking data says that the total package weighs 30 lbs. I'm just going to enjoy right now. Maybe change the tires but Hey I am a newbie so if the bike passes my receipt inspection, and the assembly process occurs with no problems I will be happy. And I will post a review.SpyderPride said:Yep, I hope you don't have any problems with your Fantom and that it serves you well on the trail. I'm sure it will, on average it has as good or better components than my Trek and roughly the same frame weight. If you can post a full bike weight when you get it, it would be much appreciated. Mine was about 31 lbs when I got it but is down to 27 now.