Dear "The Bike Industry", please have a word with yourself…..
I remember in about 1997 the exotic high-end bikes being £4k. Plugged that into an inflation calculator and that came back with £6168.40 – so not far off. I’d bet the high-end of now is many orders of magnitude better than back in the 90s too
Maybe the ultra exotica! In 2000 an S-Works FSR was £2400, admittedly it was mainly XT, and not absolute top draw spec, but they have gone up significantly beyond inflation IMO.
That said it doesn’t really bother me, if you don’t want to buy one… Don’t.Posted 4 years agocakefacesmallblockSubscriber
As long as it’s £7k bloke’s bike allowing £1k bloke to be able to afford his, I guess that’s fine. Just got this nagging feeling that £7k bloke just may be helping a 700 quid bike cost a grand.Posted 4 years ago
That said, it would be nice to have £7k sloshing around waiting for me to spend it !feistyMember
Maybe it is because I ride SS but I can’t fathom these prices, I have built a Niner Air 9 Carbon for about £4-4.5k which is insane as it is but I realy can’t think what the hell I could spend to go higher without going proper mad on £500 stems etc which these prebuilt 7k+ don’t have either.
What I was irritated about is the crap level groupset lower midrange bikes have, I think spending £500-700 on a bike like my mate did and getting base deore / alivio kit with a token “better” rear mech is taking the piddle, I know this is “as good as” mid range of 5 years ago etc but I can’t help feeling people spending £1k or less are getting jipped.
Apart from cycle to work schemes which are perpetuating poor value for money under 1k as you have to buy rrp not sale prices on most of them any sane person would be last years model for half the price.Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
£500-700 on a bike like my mate did and getting base deore / alivio kit with a token “better” rear mech is taking the piddle, I know this is “as good as” mid range of 5 years ago etc but I can’t help feeling people spending £1k or less are getting jipped.
That’s the price of a “base spec” deore/alivio equipped bike which ~20 years ago would have been STX/ alivio mix and cost about £350-450 so inflation is about right and to be fair deore isn’t bad kit, it does its job and lasts. You want SLX/XT pony up son thats £1k plus and you’ll still have the same gears basically.Posted 4 years agopdwMember
They sell them because people buy them. I really can’t blame them for that
Really? I’ve always assumed that the reason that you have £7k bikes is to make people think that spending £3.5k on a bike is somehow reasonable…
I don’t blame the manufacturers and retailers for pitching ever more expensive bikes at us, but I was both disappointed and amused to learn from a recent STW that I haven’t yet bought my “first proper mountain bike” as I haven’t yet spent over £2k on a bike 🙄Posted 4 years agotomhowardSubscriber
To be fair, £7k is about halfway up the ladder… (OP, I hope you are sat down when you see this)Posted 4 years ago
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