I want to sell a bike. Advice please.

betty swollocks

large member
I have a 2017 Focus Izalco Max with Ultegra Di2 and Ultegra everywhere else too.
It's a beautiful bike in good working order, but the transmission is pretty worn.
So, do I sell it as it is
or
sell it with new transmission ie new cassette, chain, chainrings
and adjust the asking price accordingly.
I suppose it depends on the 'before' and 'after' asking price, but generally, would the good folks here be more inclined to buy a cheaper bike with worn parts or a more expensive one, which is as good as new pretty much?
Thanks.
 
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Paulus

Started young, and still going.
Location
Barnet,
The second hand bike market is quite depressed at the moment, would you recoup the cost of the new parts, even on a high end bike such as yours? Something to ponder.:unsure:
 

Globalti

Legendary Member
Definitely sell it "as is" because a true cycling enthusiast will want to customise it.

My advice: if you do sell and you have to pack it and send it by courier, do not use TNT and do take lots of photos then instruct the buyer to check the carton for damage before signing, and to sign for it as "damaged" if they have any doubt. We sold a BIanchi Via Nirone C2C and TNT drove something through the box wrecking the frame but the buyer's muppet wife signed for it "in good condition" meaning we had a hell of a battle to get compo from TNT. In the end we got 50% of the cost of a respray.
 

cyberknight

As long as I breathe, I attack.
I agree putting new parts on will not increase the sale price enough to recoup the cost of the parts
 

robgul

Guru
I too would sell as is BUT also adjust your expectation on price severely downward - there are so many amazingly crazy deals on new bikes that the secondhand trade is at very poor prices.

Rob
 

Broadside

Veteran
Location
Fleet, Hants
~You'll probably get away with keeping chain rings, so just swap the chain and cassette
This is what I would personally do. If you sell it with a worn out cassette and chain it may draw attention to other areas. If the cassette and chain look sparkly it will look like a nicely maintained bike 👍
 
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