For some reason, you can get almost $3,000 off the Trek Madone 6.9 Pro Red. Usual MSRP for this bike is $9,129. I don’t really know why this is, but this puts the Trek top of the line model in a different light. Second hand, a bike like that would normally fetch around $6,000. This means that the prices will have to come down for used models as well. If I’d have the money, I’d buy a new model right away.
The Madone 6.9 Pro Red is the top of the line model. If you leave out the Red part of the name, you’ll end up with Dura Ace components, which are a bit more expensive than SRAM Red. There are a lot of deals on different Trek bikes if you look through the ad.
Seems kind of ridiculous if you think about it, but that’s actually what happened. The MTB craze hit me when I was leaving Taiwan to spend some time in Canada. I almost made a fatal mistake and bought a downhill racer bike second hand from a guy before heading to Canada. Oddly enough, I didn’t know anything about MTBs. I used to do a lot of road racing when I was younger, but I stopped a long while ago. Having spent almost 9 months with a bunch of guys keen on biking, I started researching earnestly. I was trying to find a second-hand MTB, a XC racer. Specifically, I was trying to get a bike from a biker that wasn’t too heavy, so that the frame wouldn’t be too bent out of shape. Also, he had to have my shape.
Cannondale will move almost all of its bicycle production to Taiwan. That’s sad for the 200 workers that are going to lose their jobs, but there is no way that American manfacturers can compete with the ones oversees. The reason isn’t only the skills of the welders, but the cost of manufacturing. Skilled factory workers in America are well compensated. Who hasn’t heard about the stories of factory workers making $80,000 to $90,000 in the aeronautics business?
Then again, Canondale, just like Trek, is losing part of it’s identity to make more profits. Cannondale isn’t alone in this. Wilier and other manufacturers, like Kona, have outsourced their frames to Taiwan.
There is nothing smoother than cycling while listening to your iPod, especially if you are zipping through traffic at breakneck speeds. You know you do it, even though it might be technically illegal, depending from where you are from. Fiddling with iPod controls can be really dangerous to your health. That’s why the iBikeConsole is an interesting device.