You'd soon run out of cash in the DH world. I pimp socom will rush you £6k these days.
£4.5k to spend on a bike.................what would you buy...
This thread reminds me of a question a supply teacher asked us when i was 10 (25 years ago). She asked what would you spend 1 thousand pounds on? I said a VW beatle, a new surf board and some cool alloy wheels, and a trip to Hawaii. Of course not knowing how much stuff cost in the real world, and forgetting that i couldn't drive as i was 10, and obviously insurance wasn't an issue to me either!!!!
I'd love to be able to find a consultant that'd diagnose my knee problems and then provide the surgery and after care all for 4.5K, more like 20K!!!
A lot of people out there don't think anything much about spending 4.5k on a bike, it's pretty common actually. The difference between those that think it's more than they'd ever be able to spend on a bike is that the folk spending that much on a bike are out working, so spending less time either at home on the internet, or at work not getting promoted as they are spending time on the internet.
I have never, and probably will never have £4.5k to spend on a bike. However i do not doubt that over the years i have spent well over £4.5k on bikes and ended up with a bike worth around £4.5k.
1991: Townsend mild steel piece of poo 100
1993: Marin Eldridge Grade: 400
1994: Cannondale M1000: 750
1997: Giant MCM Team: 1200
2006: Klein Attitude, built up with odd bits from here and there: (approx) 750
2009: Kona Jake: 450, Giant Anthem build: (approx) 1100
Christ!!!!! how the F did that happen!!
...and that's not including parts, clothing etc.
here's how to spend 4.5K +
...are you seriously telling me that costs 4.5k??
Am I missing something here?
...it's just a black bike, with wheels and some forks.
4.5k plus (rrp prices) !
alex - i think it's full retail price would be frightening !
here's a couple of mates' bikes that rrp in excess of 4.5k :
see a trend developing here ?
That top one is very very nice.
But I'd be £3000 short
Yes, what colour is that nice Nicolai with the red decals? Pistachio?
Well seeing as we're doing this...
You don't need to buy an ugly German bike to go to £4500:
That was £4500rrp off the shelf, add a new seatpost (£170), stem (£70), bars (£100), shifters (£80), rearmech (£175), pedals (£120), chainrings (£100), bar ends (not in photo, £40), skewers (£90), tyres (£90), bottle cage (£60), various bolts (£50), chain (£50), and that leaves nearly £5700 on a Specialized...
Start with the 2010 one and it's going to be over £6000 by the time you make the upgrades. Like it or not, few 'top of the range' bikes are <£4500.
I really think bike and component manufacturers are taking the pi** with prices at the moment.
How can a few tubes of alu or carbon, some pretty low tech parts and pretty basic R+D cost to more than a car or a motorbike?
How can a Ferrari cost 200 times more than a Kia Sorento or something?
This would do for me.
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Thank you for your kind words and yes it WAS my Jones, now it's some scutters, here's another of my ex fugly 135mm Phil WOOD FRONT dishless front hub
**** me Phil that is/was a Fugly hub, here's my better one in thin wheel mode, the fat one has the same good looking hub.
i like the large flanged hub better john, your's looks like a cheap formula/quando type thing.
Right a few bottles of wine in and an edit to previous post for those grumbling about money spent on bikes.
Of all the places that i get he "how much" sh1t STW is the last place i would expect to see grumblings about coin spent on bikes. Friends, family, no nothing colleagues yes but STW poor form chaps
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