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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
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    Haggling with LBS?

    Hey everyone,

    FINALLY decided on a bike...Felt Q520. Went to my local LBS's and saw this bike..absolutely beautiful!

    They have it in 19.5 size but i need 17.5. However it is 500.

    Another LBS near my home has it in my size 17.5, but they are charging 560.00.

    Can I haggle with them and ask for 500 since my other LBS is offering that price or would this be shunned upon? Not really sure of the formalities.

    Help would be appreciated,

    Dan

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    Doesn't hurt to ask but be aware that bike shops will rarely match prices on bikes but may make up for it by giving you other discounts.
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    Just have the LBS with the lower price order it and just wait.

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    Rick916...


    BUT I DONNTT WANNNAA .

    I thought about this and decided that is probably what I will do. Can't hurt to go to the other LBS and make the 500.00 offer though can it?

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    This might give you some suggestions:

    How to get a Deal from your LBS

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    Make the offer.

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    Yea I read the thread regarding how to get a deal at your LBS.

    I will have cash in hand and make the offer. Hope it goes well

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    When I've finished my master's and (hopefully) make a lot more money, I can imagine buying a really nice racing bike. I think pre-ordering makes some sense, and people seem to always get their bike. Also, the people who are pre-ordering already have at least one mountain bike, frequently a couple. But if a shop doesn't have the mid-priced bike I want in their own warehouse or basement, I don't think they have it, period. Follow the forums and you'll find a lot of people who take weeks to get bikes they've ordered. Are those missed riding days worth $60? To me, they might be. I try not to think about it too much, but every ride costs me the gas to get there and back, the food I eat, the Gatorade mix I drink, and the wear to the bike and my clothes. Add it all up, and it's probably at least on par with going to the movies. Spending an extra $60 to get six more days of riding is like bringing a date to the movies - you wouldn't question whether it was worth it. (Well, maybe, if she turned out to be a total *****. But not if you had fun.)

    Good luck with the haggling. If it doesn't fly, IMO you're best off just rolling with it.
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    AndrwSwitch, Your logic is correct through and through. Ive already decided to head there tomorrow morning.

    I'm coming home with that bike one way or another . Life is short!

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    Any update?? I was in the same situation and my LBS took 65$ off the price of the bike i was interested in

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    Agree with the others, make the offer. It's not like it's a bluff. Shop 2 can lower the price and you give them money now, or they won't lower the price and they get none of your money... you order from Shop 1.

    Don't be offended if they decline. It might just mean they're going through enough bikes right now that they feel they can get $560 for it. In the end, you get what you want, at the price you want.

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    No update yet, I am going Wednesday to purchase the Felt. I will let you guys know how it goes. Anyone have any comments on this bike (q520)?

    It was about 200x better than my 1998 Trek 930 I am riding now....but how does it compare to other bikes? I am just getting into the sport really.

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    The MSRP on the Felt is $549.

    My experience with the suspension forks on bikes in that pricepoint hasn't been positive. I don't know the Suntour line that well, though. You have to spend a lot more to get a "real" suspension fork. So, if you don't like the fork, consider either finding something on EBay (I still ride and race a 2006 Manitou R7 I found for $75 that way) or a rigid fork.

    Entry-level hardtails are kind of tough - I think the bike companies are trying to squeeze as much of what their customers want into each pricepoint as they can - nobody's trying to rip anyone off - but the builds are just not very good. I wish a $550 bike would ship with a 3x8 drivetrain, disc-ready with V-brakes, and with a suspension-corrected rigid fork, rather than having something resembling suspension as soon as it's remotely possible and some kind of disc brakes, as soon as remotely possible. Consumers demand a suspension fork and really want discs, though, so that's what they get, for good or ill.

    Ranting aside, if the Q520 fits you, it's basically the same as every other $550 hardtail except that it's the one that you want. Which is what really matters.
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    From reading all over these forums for the past couple of months that is what I have gathered as well. At the 500 price point you are pretty much paying for the frame of your choice since you are getting the same level of parts that will need to be upgraded.

    So from there on I went to look at different bikes..Giants..Specialized..and decided on the Felt. The frame stood out the most to me and I liked the feel of it. Thanks for the input man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty_Lights View Post
    From reading all over these forums for the past couple of months that is what I have gathered as well. At the 500 price point you are pretty much paying for the frame of your choice since you are getting the same level of parts that will need to be upgraded.

    So from there on I went to look at different bikes..Giants..Specialized..and decided on the Felt. The frame stood out the most to me and I liked the feel of it. Thanks for the input man.
    I have a 2010 Q520 and love it. I bought it not sure how "in to" mtb I would end up getting and it's been a great bike. If the fork this year is anything like last year's it's really not great at all but it could be far, far worse. My Suntour fork is now hanging up in the garage... one of the first things that got swapped out. The first was the seat though.

    Felt seats = butt hurt.

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    Where is the best place to purchase parts from? I want to install everything myself to learn how it is done but I am not sure where to buy the parts. I want my butt to be comfy!

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    performancebike.com, nashbar.com, jensonusa.com. But don't get ahead of yourself - I'm sure a lot of riders would consider my favorite saddle to be a torture device, but I'll happily spend all day on it. (Actually have a saved search for it on EBay.)

    Some things, I just buy locally. Things like chains and brake pads often cost enough to ship that any savings disappears. Shoes need to fit. Saddles need to fit. I also get a fair amount of stuff from friends and teammates - current rear tire and shifters, for example.
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    Just ask for a discount because its cheaper at another store....

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    the store i bought from will price match (+20% i think) any price in the state. my guess is you will have pretty good luck there too, especially since there price is already 10 bucks over MSRP. They want you coming back there for other accessories and components and especially repairs and tune ups.

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    call a few shops to get lowest price some of them will gladly throw in free accessories with price match. Got My 2012 specialized hardrock disc sport for 470. retail is 630. All cause i asked for a price match on a regular hardrock disc of 2011.

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