Originally Posted by nhmtns
I've worked summers in a ski/bike shop for the last 9 years while on "vacation" from teaching. I used to order bikes using employee purchase all the time, but prices have gotten a bit out of control. Even using EP, I still end up spending around $2500. It's way cheaper to just buy used online.
Buying online is tough. You really need to ride a bike for proper fitment. If you are patient you can find great deals. I bought a leftover 06 Rocky Mountain slayer at EMS for 1800$ the price tag was almost 3000$
Of course I replaced everything on it, but deals are out there. Especially now when it is end of season