Choosing a used bike over a brand new model could potentially save you a bundle, as long as you do your homework and only deal with trusted vendors. Below are a few things to be aware of when considering a preloved bike.
Check the bottom bracket and crankset don't have any inappropriate movement by grabbing both crank arms and feeling for movement.
Check the frame
Be careful if you are buying carbon this can be fatal if there are crack. We'll run a seperate guide soon on specifically how to do test for carbon cracks or other issues with structure.
When it comes to buying your new bike there are so many different options when it comes to spec choice that it can be quite the minefield. Bicycle gearing is perhaps the biggest and most complicated one of those mines with different brands, all with different groupsets, all at different speeds,mechanical or electronic, etc - if you don't already know the key differences between groupsets then it's easy to get lost. In this blog we strip back those complexities and offer a simple and basic guide to modern bicycle gearing.
Trek are a huge company, both on the high street and in the peloton. Given the size of the company they naturally produce a huge and diverse collection of bicycles across almost all disciplines. In this blog we're going to take a quick look at the three main offerings they have for road cycling; the Madone, Domane, and Emonda.