Here is some more information for my specific case.
- I live in Bulgaria, and as the bike needs to be tested, purchasing from abroad is not an option.
- It is early autumn now, and the prices have already dropped, that is 20% off Trek bikes, and other bikes have fallen e.g. 5000BGN->3500BGN; 12000BGN->8000BGN
- Budget between 2000-4000BGN (I would like to stay away from the steep region in the price/quality chart, but still have the money for a good bike)
- Scott, Trek, Specialized, Giant, RAM, Shockblaze are the most prominent brands here i.e. most bikes in the shops are from those brands
- Target riding stile is climb+trail, climb+ski track downhill (summertime), maybe ramps later
- The showroom bikes that are at reduced cost seem not ridden at all, probably due to the high cost
- From the moment that I make the decision, it will be probably around a couple of weeks until I try most bike shops locally and choose a model
- I will not be riding this winter, however storage in an apartment is not an issue
- The bike will be used only for MTB, I have a separate commuter bike
I am worried that at early spring, when the new models arrive, the old promotions might be dropped. Those promotions are quite substantial. At what point (now or in spring) would I be best off, buying a bike?
Quick currency converter: 4 392BGN == Trek Slash 7