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2005 Trek Equinox
CREATED: 03/28/11 by dmd326 REPLIES: 8
dmd326's ravatar dmd326    JOINED: 10/28/10    POSTS: 67
2005 Trek Equinox
POSTED: 3/28/11 1:24 PM

I hadn't intended to buy a tri bike this year (I'm a newbie), but a co-worker has offered to sell me her bike as she is retiring from the sport (at least for a little while). I don't know much about how to buy a bike (I missed the clinics as I intended to ride my neighbor's hybrid for the race) or what would be a fair offer. It seems to be in pretty good shape, though it was ridden for training and races for about two years. It comes with shoes, speed pedals (?), and a trainer.

Any insights would be helpful.

Thanks!

bad ford's ravatar bad ford    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 184
RE: 2005 Trek Equinox
POSTED: 3/28/11 1:43 PM

Is your neigbhor approximately the same height as you?

dmd326's ravatar dmd326    JOINED: 10/28/10    POSTS: 67
RE: 2005 Trek Equinox
POSTED: 3/28/11 1:45 PM

Yes, we are the same height and shoe size.

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1296
RE: 2005 Trek Equinox
POSTED: 3/28/11 5:33 PM

Is it the 7, 9, or 11 series? What are its component sets? Component sets may alter the price significantly. For example, take a look at the derailleur and crank, what are the brand names and models?

It's a 2005 bike model but she has only ridden it for two years? Is she the original owner? When was the last time that it went in for service? Are the tires worn out? If so, you may need to spend some money replacing them. The cleats to the shoes ... are they worn out? Have you also considered the fact that you might need to bring the bike in for a tune up or a professional fit so that you don't develop a knee injury? The bike may be your size but it is set up to fit her body and not yours. You'd be amazed at how the cleat placement of a clipless as it relates to your body/body position and style of riding can cause some major knee pain if it's not fitted properly.

These are the questions and things that you should look at. It may end up costing you more than the price that you paid for it so budget accordingly.

Tuan

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1296
RE: 2005 Trek Equinox
POSTED: 3/28/11 5:43 PM

The trainer ... is it a fluid or magnetic trainer? A fluid trainer generally costs a bunch more. What is the make and model? Does it come with a wheelblock or climbing block? Does it come with a floormat?

Do you have a NTP mentor? How about taking your mentor shopping with you :)

dmd326's ravatar dmd326    JOINED: 10/28/10    POSTS: 67
RE: 2005 Trek Equinox
POSTED: 4/01/11 4:57 PM

Frame Material: aluminum
Frame Angles: 73.0 head, 76.0 seat
Sizes: 50cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm
Colors: White/Blue
Fork: Bontrager Race Carbon
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Dia-Compe 188
Handlebar: Bontrager Race bullhorn
Stem: Bontrager Race
Headset: Aheadset
Front Der: Shimano 105, braze-on
Crankset: Shimano 105, 39/53 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano Ultegra SS
Pedals: Shimano PD-M520 SPD
Tires: 700 x 23c Bontrager Race Lite

With speed plates, shoes, water bottles, fluid trainer and mat for $1300. Advice?

kev7's ravatar kev7    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 457
RE: 2005 Trek Equinox
POSTED: 4/01/11 5:42 PM

Price may be a little high for a 6-year old aluminum frame bike. Components are a level down from the Cervelo Dual, which I have seen going for around $800.

Also, I usually recommend compact cranks too. They make a big difference climbing hills.

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1296
RE: 2005 Trek Equinox
POSTED: 4/04/11 8:13 AM

x2 what Kevin said. It does sound a bit high. The components that you listed are what you would find on about 90% of the entry level tri bikes that are made today. Let's take a look at what the market value of tri bikes are these days from the DCTri classified section.

The below bike is similar to the one that you are looking at in terms of components sets and age. It's goes for $600.
http://www.dctriclub.com/forum/messages.cfm?tid=A0A8FE0B-CFD5-1404-8DB8A4DCA84DB9C0&page=1


This bike is better than the one that you are looking at. It also comes with a bunch of freebees. It goes for $800.
http://www.dctriclub.com/forum/messages.cfm?tid=890F2A15-E396-313C-822F901FBCB87DEE&page=1

I think that the bike and all of the other stuff that you are getting, giving your friend $1000 would be more than generous. I think that a good fair price is around $800. A six year old aluminum frame bike, six year old components, and a bunch of used items listed won't get anywhere near $1300 on craigslist. Sentimentally, it may be worth more to the seller than what reality would dictate.

Tuan

dmd326's ravatar dmd326    JOINED: 10/28/10    POSTS: 67
RE: 2005 Trek Equinox
POSTED: 4/04/11 8:19 AM

Thanks everyone. I ended up turning the offer down. Not only because I have heard the same repsonse from multiple sources concerning price, but I was able to get fitted (close enough anyway) to a friend's slightly older Cannondale tri bike. So I'm borrowing that for my first race. Now to figure out how to ride the thing after training on a cruiser for the past two months!

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