- Badly put together rant – buying a bike
Usual process for us is to order/build a bike if deposit is paid then you can try for size before paying the balance when it arrives, then if it is wrong can be transferred to something else, we only have so much space in a small shop so 90% of display bikes are medium size.Posted 3 years agoofoster1981Member
Why don’t uk brands make test bikes available in small sizes!
No sensible shop will hold small bikes in stock at a relatively high price bracket as they won’t sell. You would think that a distribuitor, let’s suggest one that sells LINES of HOT bikes would try and at least you sitting on the saddle. Nope – let him try the medium, if that doesn’t fit the small should be fine. Genus…..
What about a shop that only sells their own brands – Planet X/ on one. Surely they will at least have one small bike in stock of their most recent popular frame sets (lurcher/codeine) nope we are only a “showroom” and they would look funny. Seriously WTF!!!!Posted 3 years agostoffelMember
Just get the shop to order a smaller size in. Even if you have to put a deposit down, you’re under no obligation to buy it. And if they try insisting on such silliness, take your business elsewhere. I can understand tht smaler companies might not want to be lumbered with a bik they might not sell, but quite frankly,that’s theire problem; if you don’t want to at least attempt to cater for customers’ needs, then don’t be in that business.Posted 3 years agomattjgSubscriber
a good start is to look up the geometry tables for the bike you ride now and compare them to the bike you want to buy
also, try all your mate’s bikes, you may get some surprises
‘fit’ on an MTB is something of a movable feast, it’s a lot less specific than a road bike, so it can depend on how you want the bike to feel and what you want to do with itPosted 3 years agomjsmkeMember
I agree with the OP. Shops should offer to get hold of any size before buying. Even if its a slightly different spec but with the same geometry.
As for all the comments about being short. You should never make fun of people’s size or shape. You bunch of ignorant a**holes. Clap clap.Posted 3 years agomattsccmMember
Why don’t people realise that shops are there to make money?Posted 3 years ago
Of course its possible that they will lose potential customers but I assume that they know what works for them best.
I agree with the OP’s sentiments but don’t expect otherwise. The idea of pay a deposit that is transferable wouldn’t get me. If a bike doesn’t fit I would be trying another brand and in all probability a different shop.
Why don’t UK manufactures make smaller bikes. Because most people are not small. Its not worth it.
How about the basic assumption that any company knows it business better than a few potential customers.
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