Originally Posted by KurtS90
I explained to the Morgan at Trek, I was just looking for a general overview at what Trek had to offer and what I was doing. He was not pushy or anything, but did not seem to knowledgeable as I would like. I never told him a price, but it was nice to see he was reasonable and showed me every bike under $3,000 MSRP (extremely high end for what I am willing to pay). Is it reasonable to ask for a discount or expect one? I was only offered 10% off accessories, I believe for a year... But if they have everything priced at MSRP, I maybe better ordering the extras online.
I will look into the drop down handle bars a bit more and check on test riding one. They look cool, but intimidating. So do the "clipless" pegs... I will also consider a rigid fork more, since from a bit reading around it's not so bad even in the rough.
My stepfather also recommended Specialized, said they where very comparable to Trek, but usually a few hundred cheaper. Is there any other brands I should consider? Google I kept getting lower end bikes. How are the electric assist bikes, worth looking into?
I am also going to look for a general bike store in my area next week, I think they maybe more helpful then a Trek specific store.
Thanks for the help so far!
In general, margins on news bikes are slim and hence discounts are also slim. You can usually find a decent deal on a previous year's model though depending upon the time of year.
Also, bicycles at the price range you're looking at are basically a commodity and there really isn't much difference between the offering from the big brands. There are always exceptions of course since one brand might have an oddball model which no one else produces anything like. Specialized, Trek, Giant, Bianchi, Cannondale all produce decent stuff. Likely all the frames are going to be made in the same factories in China or Taiwan.
Learning to ride clipless is scary as hell and you're going to fall. It's worth it though.
Contrary to what you might think, a big ass cushy seat is something to avoid at all costs if you're actually going to be riding any distance. You also don't need a suspension fork. They just add weight and are totally unsuited for the type of riding it sounds like you're going to be doing.
Don't forget to budget a couple hundred for various stuff you'll need. Offhand I can think of a saddle bag to carry spare tubes, tire levers, inflation device. You'll also want a decent floor pump to keep at home, maybe some lights, bottles and bottle cages. If you go clipless, you'll need to pay for those and also shoes.