…and what isn’t seem to be the two biggest questions around here. Having a whole gamut of pieces for sale on all the major (and some of the minor) forums for bicycle parts cracks open alot of boxes, allowing us to see what folks are paying good money for….and what they aren’t.
WHAT IS SELLING
SRAM eTap is moving quicker everytime I see it. Not only are the parts really good but they’re compatible….more on that later.
Wheels…specifically cheap wheels under $200. New take-offs, regardless of how heavy, move in a hurry.
Odd frames. If it’s weird or unique, it seems there is SOMEONE there to buy it.
High-End Brand name parts. If it’s rare, one-off but recognizable in a certain sect of the sport, you can command a bit more money. Even Specialized (which so many folks bad-mouth online) is bought up quick when the price is just below retail.
Shimano 10-speed road parts, mostly Dura-Ace or Ultegra, are commanding HIGH prices. The rarer this stuff becomes in the new retail market, the better the value in the used market. In a world where the folks on the latest & greatest are contemplating a switch to 13 cogs, it’s great to see folks still in love with this older stuff.
WHAT IS NOT SELLING
Large frames. Anything XL or bigger, 60 cm or larger just doesn’t have the market that the smaller sizes do. Same goes for XS, 48 cm or less….there just aren’t as many short people.
Shimano Di2. Unlike eTap, some of the component years are not interchangeable…not as much as folks would like. Maybe the cables are too short. Maybe they want the battery in a different spot. There’s alot of work to insure proper fit. That being said, there aren’t many folks looking to get rid of what they have….if it still works.
Older components….unless it L’Eroica-worthy. If you’re in the market to build a 9-speed bike with early 2000'-ish components, now is the time!
Handlebars and stems never sell. Why? Handlebars do not sell because 1) the shipping cost is never less than $20 (in most cases) and 2) it’s a personal item. Stems DO sell…but rarely, unless it says Zipp. Then it’s gone within hours.
Tires never sell online until they’re priced to give away….even the nice, lightly used ones.