Re: Rant on prices of new bikes

"dgaddis" wrote

[quote="garbanzo":1b6cviur]I’ll give you an example of what I would like to see more of.
Here in Whistler we have a local snowboard shop who makes there boards in the first level of the shop, and the showroom is upstairs.

There you can walk in, Talk to someone who knows what they are talking about. You can get a custom made board, and I mean full custom. The cost is about 60% of any other ,run of the mill, board of the shelf in regular shop. Why because it’s made inhouse. Quality is top notch, I have 2 of them.

This is what I want from a bike Shop.

Not a good comparison IMO. Snowboards are much more simple than mtn bikes, especially big hit bikes. The big costs in mtn bikes are the components, especially the wheels and suspension components. Have you seen the price of some of those dual crown DH Forks? WOW.

Even if that wasn’t the case, have you seen the costs of a custom frame? Ouch.

When I built up my 29er around Christmas I spend nearly twice as much on the wheels as I did the frame. The frame was a little over $400, total bike cost came to over $2k. And it’s not super high end stuff. It’s what I’d call ‘lower high end’. Nice light dependable stuff, but not blingy (there’s wheels and frames that cost more than my whole bike). Well, maybe the carbon fork is considered ‘bling’ but that’s it. And it was half the price of a Fox suspension fork.

Bikes are expensive for sure, and it’s worse for you DH/freeride guys. Everytime I see a DH bike I think "how can some one spend that much $$ on something they’re going to beat the crap out of?"[/quote:1b6cviur]

And that’s the problem with bikes, is that there are all these different components from different brands to make one product. Where boards are , well one board. So ya it’s different.

As far as the cash we spend on our downhill addiction, it’s the same as your ride, it’s good for the soul.