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I have the chance to buy a brand new test bike from a Specialized Concept Store. Bike has never rolled on the ground,it's just been used as a display for a few months. Does a test bike comes with the same papers/documents and warranty coverage as a non test bike ? LBS says yes but I haven't seen the papers yet.
 

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Is it some sort of pre-production/concept/prototype bike for display purposes only or is it an actual regular bike but just put on display? If its the latter, no reason why it wont' be any other bike, IMO.
 

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I have the chance to buy a brand new test bike from a Specialized Concept Store. Bike has never rolled on the ground,it's just been used as a display for a few months. Does a test bike comes with the same papers/documents and warranty coverage as a non test bike ? LBS says yes but I haven't seen the papers yet.
The latter it is. It's a test bike color for the German market but I've been told is a not an available color for the Italian market ( my market) that only this shop can get since it's a concept store. For those of you not familiar with a Specialized Concept Store picture an Apple Store and imagine a Specialized smorgasbord,they can get you everything you want from the evil S. At some point these guys had 1 of the 20 Tarmac McLaren available in the whole world.
 

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I have the chance to buy a brand new test bike from a Specialized Concept Store. Bike has never rolled on the ground,it's just been used as a display for a few months. Does a test bike comes with the same papers/documents and warranty coverage as a non test bike ? LBS says yes but I haven't seen the papers yet.
If LBS says yes, then it's a yes. Just ask to see the documents if you don't trust them.
 

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It sounds like a display bike, not a test bike, and it's pretty much no different than any bike that a stocking dealer would have on display. Well, except for the color, it seems.
 

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I think you meant to say you can buy a display bike in a color option normally unavailable in your area. Naturally it comes with a factory warranty and any lbs support any other bike sold by them would come with. So what is the issue?
 

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I think you meant to say you can buy a display bike in a color option normally unavailable in your area. and any lbs support any other bike sold by them would come with. So what is the issue?
Well, he called it a "test bike" and I wonder if it's one of those many bikes Specialized hauls around Europe in early spring for people to take a test ride on. It may never been ridden because there was not enough interest. Perhaps the issue is some nagging doubt about the word "test" here.

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I bought a Demo Trek Crockett and it came with full warranty. Unless you have some reason to distrust the dealer I see no reason to be concerned. Are you getting a descent discount on the bike due to it being a demo?
 

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The latter it is. It's a test bike color for the German market but I've been told is a not an available color for the Italian market ( my market) that only this shop can get since it's a concept store. For those of you not familiar with a Specialized Concept Store picture an Apple Store and imagine a Specialized smorgasbord,they can get you everything you want from the evil S. At some point these guys had 1 of the 20 Tarmac McLaren available in the whole world.
So if they can get everything,why can't they just get you another one of these bikes that isn't a test one? Or just more of them. Heck even my local store (that stock specialised) got in one of the Mclaren Tarmacs, got to check it out when I orderd my Look through them (but then there are slightly more than 20 of them...).
 

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With a "concept" I'd make sure there weren't any proprietary parts because they'll probably be impossible to find if the concept never becomes mainstream.

It sounds like the only concept, as opposed to full production, aspect here is paint though in which case I'd see it as a non-issue.
 

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Bought Demo's before- as long as I get the warranty I dont care
 
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