Hi everyone -
I am, for the first time in years, buying a new bike. I've had new bikes over the past seven years (one a year, more or less) but just haven't had to pay for them. As I am still getting a discount (situation goes: I am a 2, have been on local teams for years but am in grad school and don't want to commit to the race schedule necessary to be a 'sponsored rider') through a shop, I am concerned about resale. If I can buy a new bike every year without paying too much that would be awesome. I have narrowed down my search and am increasingly intrigued by the Madone 7 series. I've ridden it and am really impressed. Having raced on a 6.9 (which I thought was a sad excuse for a race bike -- comfortable and light, yes, but lacking in head tube stiffness and overall handling tightness at speed) the new 7 series is much more race than I had expected. Plus, it's "aero" (or at least I can tell myself that). So, if I love the bike why am I here? Because, quite simply, I am concerned about the damage the LA experience has done to Trek's resale value. I am wondering if anyone has had any experience or has any insights from which I might learn something. My other options are Cervelo (which, I know, have good resale but whose aesthetic is, IMO, wanting) or Specialized.