recipher - Member
I wonder what will happen if the £300 snaps? I guess it's easier to just buy a new one if it does. You can get 6 of them before you are paying the same price.
My feeling though, and I'm sure that others won't share the same view, is that when you buy a cheap ripoff, you are undermining the original designers of the frame. Much the same thing as ripping off music or games.
I guess that there are (at least) 5 mouths to feed when you buy a Yeti though:
* Distributor (Silverfish)
* Inland Revenue (£360 in VAT alone!)
Whereas when you buy the £300 ripoff, you are only having to pay the factory and the vendor (if it's not the factory that is).
You can see how £1800 doesn't go very far when it is split like that.
Did I miss the bit in this thread where it was established the £300 frame was outed as a carbon-copy (ha!) of someone else's design?
You did also forget the 6th and 7th mouths, those being the advertisers and sponsored riders. Now, assuming you are happy just riding a plain carbon frame that's an original design (so no-one is losing out) and have no desire to buy into a brand, it's heritage, etc then why not?