I'm off to the States to ride come November and I'm thiking about buying a bike out there. Santa Cruz Nomad with DHX RC4 is $2230, I presume that doesn't include sales tax (but that can be reclaimed at the airport). $2230= about £1400.
I'm thinking go out with the rest of the bits in the bike bag, collect frsme and biuld bike, ride for 3 weeks and return.
[cough] if I was to declare it [/cough] what would I be paying? VAT at 20% and improt duty at about 10%? If someone were less scrupulous and got caught attempting to go through the green channel is there likely to be any extra fine? any experiences?
when do the 2012 bikes appear in the shops?
And sizing. medium or large...I'#d be inclined to go medium but at 5'11 the SC sizing chart suggest I'd be better on a large. comparing geometries the ONLY difference is top tube 578mm or 603. I ride a 16inch 456 with an effective top tube of 600mm and wouldn't want anything shorter (80mm stem)...so perhaps the Large Nomad is actually correct?
finally colours...I'm tending towards choclate. feel free to post picks of SC bikes in the current colour range to help me decide (black, white, bare, red ( a post box like shade), lime green, seabright blue and choclate.
oh and headsets (really this is finally), any views on the nuke proof warhead 49eeos or fsa big fat pig 1.5" headsets? at 45 quid they seen reasonable....but should I spend more on a hope or something else? (big fan of older hope 1 1/8 headsets...I've 2 and they just work...but I heard hope aren't so good now)