Originally Posted by mb
One easy way to get a ballpark estimate of the value of a bike is by the component group.
ok, here comes the techie from out of the sweat.
um, maybe not. that is to say, while better components might bring a higher price, by no means can you value a bike based on individual components. if that was the case, my $1800 bike would likely have cost $2500. and since my components (even the hayes hydraulic disc breaks) are now 5 years old, component pricing would be even less relevant because what you can buy now is probably way more cool. just imagine the price if you bought your car not as a whole but in pieces to be assembled.
just like after six years a bmw 700 series is worth about the same as a 300 series and after five years my stang gt will be worth about as much as a v6, that xtr will be as valuable as an lx, if that. and if the previously considered better components are now more pricey to fix than the previously considered cheaper ones, the so-called better might even be now worth less.