Hello everyone-- forgive me if this doesn't merit it's own thread but I'm having a major dilemma on a forthcoming bike purchase.
I have been in the hunt for the perfect road bike. I spent a ton of time on Saturday finding a road bike with great geometry and a comfortable feel for my body and I finally narrowed it down to the Trek Pilot series with a 50cm frame.
A few quick notes. I know that I will adore this bike forever and ever and will ride the heck out of it each year.
Now here's where the dilemma comes in. The Trek Pilot 5.0 WSD with the OCLV carbon frame was the smoothest ride I've ever experienced on a bike. It was like magic. The problem? It retails at 2100 dollars which is a stretch. So I started calling over to bike shops in New Hampshire where there is no sales tax and makes it a little more feasible. Really I was looking for a deal... 1700 maybe or so. Well this one bike shop had a 2005 Trek Pilot 5.2 WSD in the perfect size for $1999. It retails at $3000... so, great deal. I immediately start salivating and the guy told me I could make a down payment and take it home in mid June when I could afford it.
So my question is: Is it worth being broke til mid july (meaning only money for bills and food no spending or saving til then) to get the bike of my dreams that fits me perfectly and will last forever and ever? Or do I go in two weeks, get the Trek Pilot 1.2... a lesser quality bike that is not a deal really, just retail price and ride for longer this year? What would you do?
Another question, for a 2005 model, do you think I'd be able to haggle down from $2000 on an originally $3000 bike?
I'd really appreciate your input. Thanks!
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