- how on earth can this be justified?
Well obviously it can’t (it’s a bit like driving a luxury car – you still get there but it feels a bit nicer on the journey).
I guess that shimano have put a lot of R&D into electric shifting and are extracting a premium to recoup that. So buy an Ultegra Di2 if you want electric shifting.
Remember roadie mechs often last year and years if well looked after.Posted 6 years agonjee20Subscriber
What matt said, you generally make less money (proportionally) on top end stuff. Brands like Schmolke are made by some fella named Jörn in his garden shed (probably), the scale’s not really comparable to Easton or whatever, and you pay a crazy amount for the privilege.
There’s a solution though – if you don’t wanna pay for expensive stuff, don’t…Posted 6 years agoMidlandTrailquestsGrahamMember
If it was overpriced, someone would jump in and sell a similar product a lot cheaper.
Which sort of leads on to another question…
Why are there only two big derailleur manufacturers ?Posted 6 years ago
There’s lots of companies making brakes, pedals, hubs and other complex bicycle components.
People like Hope have got the manufacturing equipment and customer base, why don’t they get in to such a big market ?Deveron53Member
There aren’t many advances you can make with standard roadie equipment. A rider on an old steel frame from the 1970s can trounce a rider on the latest carbon fibre gear, the time differences are negligible. As a result, roadies will pay exhorbitant amounts of money to be ‘one up’ on their fellow riders.Posted 6 years ago
As mountain bikers have more than tarmac and air to worry about, there’s a lot more innovation and bigger differences can be felt if a particular suspension design is more efficient.
Something like that, anyway!njee20Subscriber
As mountain bikers have more than tarmac and air to worry about, there’s a lot more innovation and bigger differences can be felt if a particular suspension design is more efficient
We did this recently – road riders may not have to worry about more than ‘tarmac and air’, but wind tunnels are insanely expensive, and there’s more money in the road peleton. R&D costs (and subsequently purchase prices) on road kit is more expensive. More innovation on the road, it’s just more subtle.Posted 6 years ago
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