Why buy new?

Why pay $3500 for some mid-level downhill bike that’s new when you can pick up a cherry, top-of-the-line race winning bike for two grand? There’s no contest:

“For sale, a Cannondale, Vintage 90’s Downhill Mountain bike retailed 5k in the stores. Top of the line CODA parts, Azonic bars, Magic motorcycle crank set. MOTO forks and front hub. Sachs rear hub. Fox rear shock air assist. Shimano Deore rear shifter. Intense tires on Rhyno Lite rims. Sachs disc brakes, Yeti grips. Solid, race winning bike. Almost looks brand new. Museum quality. Paint is almost flawless. See pics.. Prefer local pickup, but anything is possible. Shipping must be discussed before transaction happens. Thanks for looking. 2000.00 o.b.o.”

Comes with a mean 72 degree head angle
Industry leading chain tensioning system (looking at you, 2013 Stumpjumpers)

Brakes that are guaranteed to lightly, lovingly massage your rotors.

A legit “air-assist” shock.

Megaexo, Hollowtech II, GXP, eat your hearts out.
Harder is faster, and by now those tires might as well be made out of plastic. That means super low rolling resistance.
With a used bike market like this, it’s tough to imagine how bike companies stay in business.