Ed Oxley on new Heckler
People ask me how I can be independent when I review a bike that I’ve been given. Well I can’t claim to be can I? However I’m not going to say that I like something if I don’t, in fact you won’t see me riding something that I don’t like. Basically I don’t do anything that I don’t like doing if I can at all help it! You will just have to decide if you believe me or not. Chin up!
His last paragraphPosted 3 years agokimbersSubscriber
actually if he didnt pay for it im more inclined to believe him
how many people pay $$$$ for a shiny new bike and then come on here and tell everyone how crap it is?Posted 3 years ago
no one wants to admit (to themselves or anyone else) that they spent their hard earned on a dufferxiphonMember
Of course 27.5″ is perfect.
Brings the tail alive, innit 😉
how many people pay $$$$ for a shiny new bike and then come on here and tell everyone how crap it is?
no one wants to admit (to themselves or anyone else) that they spent their hard earned on a duffer
Exactly – if it was free, you HAVE to praise it. If you paid for it, you wouldn’t give it a crap review either…Posted 3 years ago
He seems to like it
I’m sold on the 27.5 wheel size. I liked 29ers until it got very steep and tight and then they were just too big for me at my height. Basically I got bummed with the back wheel! I did love the way they rolled through rocks though and I’m glad that the 27.5s have a similar quality. Enough said on this issue.
This might be my next bike. I had the 2007 one and loved it.Posted 3 years ago
American’s normally pay local sales tax as well, they just tend not to include this in the quoted price, hence all the comparisons being up the spout.
[edit – that was in reply to a, now edited/deleted, post blaming the EU for us paying VAT, implying ‘Mercans don’t]Posted 3 years ago
$1299 US comes to about £1000 imported with Duty and Taxes without any shipping. Add in distribution, advertising demo and support then it’s a lot closer.
I’d assume as importer that Stif were getting them for about half that price. It’s still a huge margin when you compare to frames imported by other distributors (e.g. Yeti SB95C, $2999 to £2599.) Was looking at Niner frames not so long ago and was amazed by how much Stif were charging for them compared to US prices. Basically, change the dollar to a pound, then add on a couple of hundred quid.
Having said that frames do seem to be increasingly priced to match similar products in the marketplace. E.g. the heckler slightly under cutting the Five.Posted 3 years ago
5%? Varies state to state and is added on at the till.
On the suitcase idea you would still be liable for 5% Import Duty and then 20% on top for VAT. Yuu would also need to cover the cost of flights and bikes up front, carry enough stock to meet supply and deal with any issues in the UK.
I’m sure though most people here could do a much better job for a much tighter margin 🙂Posted 3 years ago
Or more… confusing as hell when you’re over there… it even seems to vary from shop to shop in the same state sometimes, as it’s often wholly or partly optional to pass the tax onto the customer in the final price paid:Posted 3 years ago
I’m sure though most people here could do a much better job for a much tighter margin
If I was the importer then I’d sell them at a price the market dictates. People seem more than willing to fork out the cash for what they perceive to be a boutique brand.
Now where’s the 650B Chameleon, I’m getting impatient 😉Posted 3 years ago
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