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I am looking for my first mountain bike. I have decided to go hardtail. I am 6'1" and 185 lbs. I found an 05 Trek 6700 that has hardly any use. The owner claims is was ridden 5 times and it appears to be true by the condition of the bike. Here are the components.

Frame Alpha SLR Aluminum
Fork RockShox Pilot SL w/Motion Control, 80mm
Wheels Alloy disc hubs; Bontrager Maverick rims
Tires Bontrager ACX, 26x2.2", 52/54
Shifters Shimano Deore
F.Derailleur Shimano Deore
R.Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
Crankset Bontrager Select 44/32/22
Cassette SRAM 850 11-32, 8 speed
Pedals Shimano 505, clipless
Brakeset/Levers Shimano 420 V w/alloy levers
The bike has the V-pull brakes, not disc.

The owner is asking $650 and is throwing in Shimano shoes and a Camelback pack. Deal or keep looking?
 

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Nice bike, bad deal

MSRP was $770 , so $650 including shoes and camelbak is not a good deal. Move on, nothing to see here, IMO.

Bob
 

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Thanks for the reply. I think the owner told me he spent $950 on the bike. I was looking at the 06 specs and it showed the MSRP as $1000+. I did not realize the 05 was significantly cheaper.
 

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Apples to apples

Cire said:
Thanks for the reply. I think the owner told me he spent $950 on the bike. I was looking at the 06 specs and it showed the MSRP as $1000+. I did not realize the 05 was significantly cheaper.
There are two versions of thgis bike, one with discs and one without, so just eb sure we're comparing apples to appes here. Unfortunately, if he is selling the non-disc version, the seller is either lying to you or overpaid for the bike (unless he did some upgrades, which I doubt). The non disc version is not worth $650. The disc version retailed for $1000+, that might be worth the $650 if it's pristine.

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I found an 05 Trek price list on the web. The v-brake version listed for $959 and the Disc version was $1099. Paying $950 for the bike is probably true based on this info. There is a place in Chicago that has a brand new 19.5" 2005 6700 V-brake on sale for $719.99. I would pay the extra $100 with shipping for a new one (if they would mailorder).
 

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dogonfr said:
Check out a Ibex Alpine 650, very sweet bike well speced out. They are a net company that is happy to pass the savings on to the consumer instead of filling his pockets deeper. :thumbsup:

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I looked at the 650 after reading several threads where you suggested it. It looks like a nice bike but I read the front shock is a weak for someone my size (185 lbs). It looks to be a few pounds heavier than the 6700 too. I have noticed that people seem to pay a premium for a Trek via Ebay if I ever decided to sell it. The Alpine would probably not do as well in resale if I wanted to upgrade. Still looking!
 

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I really like the Trek 6700, nice bike. It rides smooth and the frame is a good fit for me. However I chose an Ibex because dollar for dollar I got more bike for the same money. The Alpine 650 is set up really nice, it's a shame the Trophy Comps are sold out, an even better value for your cash. I suggest calling Ibex and talking to them. They will give you some good honest and enthusiastic info about their bikes.

The Alpine and the Trek 6700 both weigh about 28lbs. or so, I checked it out when I was shopping for my bike! I don't think you will be dissappointed with either.

Good luck.

- wisart
 

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I'd take an Ibex over a Trek. I've never been impressed by Trek geometry, their quality on sub-$2K bikes, or their customer service/warranty responses. Plus the local Trek store sucks and once they sell, you better not have any probems you need them for. No contest for me- the Ibex all the way. You will probably like the bike better and get better customer service.
 

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Cire said:
I found an 05 Trek price list on the web. The v-brake version listed for $959 and the Disc version was $1099. Paying $950 for the bike is probably true based on this info. There is a place in Chicago that has a brand new 19.5" 2005 6700 V-brake on sale for $719.99. I would pay the extra $100 with shipping for a new one (if they would mailorder).
The mtbr.com reviews show the MSRP as $770. Nobody in the US who posted a review on the bike paid $900 for the bike. The average was below $750. You might want to re-check the info. Could be that my info is bad, but it doesn't seem to be a $900+ bike to me.

Bob
 
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