Selling a 26er – depreciation curve?
Down down down – not because they are no good but because of fashion.
To be honest existing 26″bikes like my flux should be ridden until no longer fit for purpose or given a new life as wife’s bike etc. If sold don’t plan on making anything like as much as you would have expected for a similar spec 26″ two years ago.Posted 3 years agocampfreddieMember
Well for what it’s worth, I’ve just built an über spec (ie not cheap) 26er Yeti SB-66 and having built a top spec 29er hard tail, i promptly sold it and replaced it with a 26er carbon cannondale scalpel.
26er is far from dead!Posted 3 years ago
(Admittedly, the plan with the Scalpel is to fit 650b wheels, but let’s not split hairs)
I plan to upgrade to a FS race/do it all 29er – probably an Anthem X or similar eventually but is it worth considering selling my ASR5 now? Do we think the value of 26ers are going to go up or down any more than on a standard age relate deprecation curve over the next few years?Posted 3 years ago
I wouldn’t buy it for fashion hence not in a rush. Just the rolling better over washboard surfaces / horses hoofs. I’m doing the 24/12 solo and think the 29er would be a marginally better pick.
But I’m not prepared to pay a premium over that issue now unless I was going to get appreciably more for the yeti by selling it now rather than later – so if ha answer is no, I’ll wait until it’s “replacement bike time” in a couple of years and ride the yeti until then.
Edit -Ross I don’t know – the bike is XT 2×10 with Thompson carbon bars and Thompson Alu stem/post, fox f120 fit, 2 pairs of wheels – SR Black Flags for messing around on and hopes on crest for events. I even have a spare swing arm – £1750 for bike or £1850 the lot?Posted 3 years agoash.addyMember
Just buy a 29 frame forks and wheels and mothball the 26 frame until they’re back in fashion in 3 or 4 years time. I just pulled out of selling my 26 frame I was going to buy a 27.5 but had my doubts. Now I’m glad I didn’t go through with the sale and very happy with my 26.Posted 3 years agoavdave2Member
Just the rolling better over washboard surfaces / horses hoofs.
I’ve just put the summer 29″ wheel on my rigid bike and it does make a noticeable difference on my ride home from work over just such a surface. Same tyre and pressure as the 26″ it replaces. I only use the 26 in winter as it’s built on a dynamo hub. I guess the returns are diminished a little with suspension.Posted 3 years agoRosssMember
Sounds like a very fair price, great spec and a desireable frame I’m sure you’d get around that for it. Personally I’d sell the spares separate and keep the base price low and attractive. I’ve just built a 120/140mm bike for my dad and rode it last night rather than my mojo and absolutely fell back in love with fun short travel bikes. I’d love this if I had the cash.Posted 3 years ago100thmonkeyMember
Personally I rode 26 for 30 years, I have done some serious miles on both 29er and starting to get the milage in on 650b. Bottom line I think they are all as much fun as each other, Ill ride my 26ers till they die as they were always amazing and always will be.
Dont be sucked in, leg over, and ridePosted 3 years ago
Adsh I’m 24 – my first. I as looking at the Spearfish too, also by coincidence am a turner fan and want my life long dream of owning a turner to be what I suspect is my last expensive bike purchase. I’m using this year for racing road and Xc, so I to see whether I should consider a light racy 29er first, or a new Flux 640b/Sultan as my end-of-days do everything bike. If I don’t stick with racing it’d be the latter.
But the yeti needs to see kj02 past her nursery fees…Posted 3 years agoKingofBiscuitsMember
I’ve only posted a couple of the times in the classifieds and not on eBay but I’m yet to sell my ASR5c. Granted I’ve tried to sell a rolling chassis which is a little more complicated / less desirable. I might sell the full bike.
I think people are less interested in spending what could be perceived as large sums of money on second hand 26″ bike, desirable or not, when it’s uncertain which way the industry is going. Or worse. Shifting towards 27.5 and 29.
My reason for selling a 26″ bike….I prefer 29″ wheels and my 29er steel HT is more than enough bike while I ponder buying a 29er FS. Not ridden 27.5 and not really interested.Posted 3 years agoroneMember
Kryton, if you’re ever in Nottinghamshire/south Yorkshire give us a buzz we have a large czar and medium czar between us if you want a go. Also a large and medium spearfish.
Both fantastic bikes, and great to compare. The czar has been my bike of the decade so far, pedals amazingly , comfortable and fast. The fish is much more old school, slower turning but a bit more planted. Not as quick to accelerate though. SF is quite light, and a great buy if you can get the half price 2013 models.Posted 3 years agolocalhero94Member
As you know, I’m in a similar position to you Kryton. If I go for a short travel full-sus 29er then really either the soda or the asr-5 should go, but I can’t bring myself to sell either really – partly due to sentimental attachments and partly because I know I won’t get anywhere near the value I could have got last year. I have a test ride on a Whyte M109-S next weekend and I’m hoping I’ll hate it.Posted 3 years ago
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