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In what surely must have seemed like the start of end times for dealers, yesterday it was pointed out that Trek mountain bikes were for sale online. But not just any online store – on the “Shocking Value” section of the Sam’s Club mobile store. The news quickly spread through Facebook as more people seemed to share their disappointment over the matter.

But the whole thing seemed a bit odd. Why were there just two entry level mountain bikes that seemed to be taken down as soon as they went up?

Apparently Trek found it odd as well. According to Trek’s Eric Bjorling, they are “just as surprised as anybody” to see them show up for sale online. Eric went on to say,

“Our suspicion is that somebody sold a bunch of bikes to Sam’s Club and they sold them through their website. Our legal team is looking into it and will decide what further action we can take. We have no plans on selling bikes to Sam’s Club or any other big box retailer.”

So while you may have been able to snag a Trek through Sam’s Club for a brief moment, it wasn’t a sanctioned sale from Trek, and it shouldn’t happen again.

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suede
suede
6 years ago

No worse a bike than a Schwinn Ranger, so why not sell that at Sam’s Club? What reputation are trying to protect again?

Tom
Tom
6 years ago
Reply to  suede

I’m not sure what you’re getting at, is that an insult to Trek?

Sam
Sam
6 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Those two bikes, the 3500 and the Skye, are huge pieces of shit. I spent the last summer assembling bikes for my lbs and we put together hundreds of those. They are just as crappy as your average Schwinn, diamondback, whatever. The only thing they have on the average ‘big box’ company bike is that they don’t have a threaded steerer tube, but that isn’t much.

Mathme
Mathme
6 years ago
Reply to  Sam

They are not THAT bad. Having worked on them and big box schwinns, there’s no question that the treks are lighter than the Ranger (by quite a lot) and have better components. They’re not phenomenal bikes by any means, but I’d much rather try to deal with Trek in the case of a problem with the bike than Schwinn/Walmart.

Brian
Brian
6 years ago
Reply to  suede

Obviously you’ve never built or maintained a Schwinn Ranger…

boom
boom
6 years ago

judging simply by the horrible picture, it’s clear that this wasn’t actually Trek sanctioned at all. They couldn’t even get the significantly better picture off their website? Come on…

kbark
kbark
6 years ago

It is interesting to think about true value and perceived value.

ABW
ABW
6 years ago
Reply to  kbark

There’s no such thing as “true value.” All value is perceived and subjective.

rodegeek
rodegeek
6 years ago

The weights are listed in Kg, so the bikes might have been rerouted from overseas.

bc
bc
6 years ago

Trek, welcome to doing business with Scheel’s All Sports.

Da
Da
6 years ago
Reply to  bc

What does that have to do with this?

Jim Hogan
6 years ago

Wholesale clubs have done this with many top brands that would never be caught dead in a Costco/BJ’s/Sams. They by a bunch of … whatever, not just bikes … and sell them dirt cheap. Sometimes they take a loss just for publicity and perception of having top brands at the cheapest prices.

Ninja
Ninja
6 years ago

I work at a trek dealer and our rep told us this happened. Complicated distribution talk happened. But, bad news for anyone that bought one. No warranty since the sales didn’t happen through an authorized trek dealer. Buyer be ware!

Bubbrubb
Bubbrubb
6 years ago
Reply to  Ninja

At that price who needs a warranty?

Six3Too
Six3Too
6 years ago
Reply to  Ninja

Trust. You NEED a warranty with a P.O.S. Like a trek 3500.

Bubba
Bubba
6 years ago

This happens from time to time and everyone is always shocked. Giro and Cannondale have had issues in recent years. Shipping containers get lost at port, insurance is paid out, but as part of that trek signed papers agreeing the product was no longer theirs. When said container is found, its sold at action and this time Sam’s bid on that container. Its a limited run at best, but manufacturers should work harder to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Tman
Tman
6 years ago

This same thing happened with Cannondale/Costco 15-20 years ago.

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