Purchasing a used Concept 2

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Purchasing a used Concept 2

Post by OldPirate » March 31st, 2021, 4:37 pm

I am ready to purchase a Concept 2 and could use some advice about buying a used unit. How many meters is a lot and would suggest excessive wear? What other criteria should I consider when examing a unit?

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Re: Purchasing a used Concept 2

Post by MPx » March 31st, 2021, 7:04 pm

They can do many millions of meters and it will be hard to tell. While the PM can display "lifetime meters", this figure can be reset so is not reliable.

Model A and B machines may well still be functional and acceptable to get you fit. But IMO if you want to really take part in the community then you need to go for a Model C,D or E with a PM 3, 4 or 5. There are some machines that had issues (eg early Model Ds - most fixed under warranty) but everything is fixable and all parts available from C2. The most likely poor condition machines will have been ex-commercial or long term stored in a damp garage or shed. Unless cost is absolutely the overriding concern, then walk away from those. Many machines are purchased for a New Years resolution and become a clothes horse within a couple of months and on the market a year later with 100k meters on them. Find one of those for more than £200 off list and you have a bargain. Good luck with the search.
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Re: Purchasing a used Concept 2

Post by OldPirate » March 31st, 2021, 7:19 pm

thank you

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Re: Purchasing a used Concept 2

Post by ampire » April 1st, 2021, 9:45 am

Examine how smooth the flywheel spins up and spins down, you don't want a lot of vibration, and how effectively the flywheel clutch grabs. Check the mileage. Look at the types of workouts done in the memory. Lots of sprints are probably harder on the unit than long distance at low watts.
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Re: Purchasing a used Concept 2

Post by Rick » April 7th, 2021, 4:52 pm

Having looked at the insanely high prices of a used Model D online, I’d strongly suggest hopping on the wait list and buying new. As far as pro level workout equipment goes, the price/value balance is amazing. And with a new unit and warranty, condition and the unknowns of use and maintenance (or lack of) are eliminated.

This was my decision a while back, and I have zero regrets. Besides, I like C2 as a company, as I had done business with them prior on purchasing fitness gear for my officers when I was a police chief (now retired). So supporting them through new purchase was an added plus for me personally.

Just throwing the thought out there for you. :D
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Re: Purchasing a used Concept 2

Post by dominic » April 19th, 2021, 4:37 pm

Perhaps you can check the PM hardware version to get a timeline of how old it is


Hardware Version Indoor Rower
Lower than 600 31
600-700 169
Higher than 900 207

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Re: Purchasing a used Concept 2

Post by OldPirate » May 4th, 2021, 1:37 pm

Thanks to everyone for their input. I have just purchased a new rower directly. At $945 plus tax it was cheaper or as cheap as any used rowers I could find.

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Re: Purchasing a used Concept 2

Post by Ombrax » May 4th, 2021, 4:04 pm

Congratulations, OP.

You haven't said how familiar you are with rowing or the C2 erg, but if you have any more questions do let us know.

Good luck, and have "fun."

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