New roadie - new or secondhand?



baker3

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I am currently in the market for a new road bike and am trying to decide between purchasing a high-end second-hand road bike or a mid-range brand new bike. I would like to hear from those who have experience with both options and could provide some insight on the pros and cons of each.

On one hand, purchasing a high-end second-hand road bike can save me a significant amount of money and still get a high-performance bike. On the other hand, a new mid-range bike would come with a warranty and the peace of mind that it has not been damaged or worn out.

I would like to know if anyone has any experience with buying a second hand high end bike and if there were any issues that you faced. Also would like to know if anyone has purchased a mid-range brand new bike and if they have been happy with the purchase.
 

sonomasp

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1st. Instead of stating High End or Mid range. Let's start with Budget. Because High End & Mid Range can mean different things to different people. E.g high end $8K-$10K or $4K-$7K. Mid Range $2K-$3K & high $4K-$7K.
2nd. Future proof or old school rim brakes. If I was to get a new bike I'd make sure it's Thru Axle 142cc rear because that's where all the new hubs wheel models are going.
3rd. No matter how good, get the best fitting frame. It doesn't matter how good the bike is if it doesn't fit.
I've had no problem riding on used frames, but you have to really inspect for cracks. Look closely for hair line fractures.
It can pay to get a new bike with warranty. I had a Ceverlo R3 rear drop out warp on me. Was able to get a newer better model with warranty replacement.
And final say I would go for new or used bike with Thru Axles ( Carbon Frame) disc brakes, carbon wheels.
Just for reference, I'm in the industry; ride Stupid Expensive but don't pay the Retail. Allied Cycle Works All Road (Bike Show Model) SRAM Force AXS, DT Swiss Carbon wheels, FSA Bars, Stem, Seapost, Headset. all top. Still have the mechanical Ceverlo R3 SRAM Red collecting dust. Probably sell it this spring. Still nice, but the ACW fits so much better and after riding electronic and fast carbons wheels, couldn't imagine going back.
 

Mr. Beanz

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I won't buy anything but new that's just me.
But the original owner policy has saved me TWICE.

Trek aluminum frame broke after 13,000 miles.

Free upgrade to partial carbon aluminum mix Free of charge. Paid 60 for component swap.

That frame broke after another 13,000 miles. FREE upgrade to full carbon Madone. Did the component swap myself as the bike shop wanted 200 for the swap.

Did it myself and now have more than 20,000 miles on the frame no problem.

I'll stick with buying new. Have had buddies buy used then wonder why trek wouldn't replace the frane.
 
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cobbwheels

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I won't buy anything but new that's just me.
But the original owner policy has saved me TWICE.

Trek aluminum frame broke after 13,000 miles.

Free upgrade to partial carbon aluminum mix Free of charge. Paid 60 for component swap.

That frame broke after another 13,000 miles. FREE upgrade to full carbon Madone. Did the component swap myself as the bike shop wanted 200 for the swap.

Did it myself and now have more than 20,000 miles on the frame no problem.

I'll stick with buying new. Have had buddies buy used then wonder why trek wouldn't replace the frane.

Same here, I have 'trust' issues. I even worry the rider might have his / her bad aura, chi, whatever stuck with the bike and interfere with mine!:p