Now that’s just stupid!
Wellgo make shimano compatible cleats for a lot less
about £8Posted 8 years agocoffeekingMember
You could machine them from a block of steel worth about 50p, but you’d need a CNC machine worth about 20,000 plus replacement bits. Plus someone to program it, plus the R&D behind making it, plus it probably pays off some of the margin lost on other items that are normally expensive to make (nice shimano SPD shoes with carbon soles that might otherwise be more pricey?).Posted 8 years ago
No, that’s taking the piss. Considering how many cleats are made eah year, Shimano could probbly sell them for a fiver a pair, and still make a healthy profit. As pointed out; how can they sell pairs of pedals + cleats, for only a few quid more?
I’m boycotting any Shimano stuff, until they stop taking the piss. They’re using this whole recession thing, to boost their profits, not to try and retain their sales margins. Shysters. How much has the Yen grown against the Pound? How much have cleats gone up by? Bastards.
Come one, let’s all boycott Shimano! Show them we won’t be held to ransom!
This is what happens, when there’s no competition. Campagnolo could be coining it in, if they weren’t so bloody snobby, and lowered themselves to make mountain bike bits.
Bastards. They’re all bastards.Posted 8 years ago
I’ve just had a quick google, and discovered that the Pound/Yen ratio over the last year would reveal why a pair of cleats has gone up from about £12 to £18. Because the Pound has dropped by a proportional amount against the Yen. So, fair enough, really.
But they’re still all bastards!
i’m boycotting Campag as well, for being snobby mtb hating bastards.
In fact, I’m boycotting everyone, giving up cycling all together, and taking up another sport instead. Mountain biking is a bastard.
Ha! They’ll be sorry! Yeah, wait until their business dries up, ‘cos I’m not buying their stuff any more! Thattull teach ’em!Posted 8 years agoCountZeroMember
I have four bikes, of which one has a Shimano rear hub, which it came with, and SPuDs, which I’ve had for years. It came with 105 road and Deore, which has been stripped off to make it a road ss. Two ofl my other bikes have SRAM drive trains and the last is an ss. Gave up on Shimano six years ago, and nothing apart from Saint, makes me want to go back.Posted 8 years ago
Rudeboy, I like the cut of your jib, sir. 😀polyMember
Cost to you £17.99 consists of:
typically something like (this is not unique to bike bits)-
VAT £ 2.35Posted 8 years ago
Shipping/postage £ 2.00 (maybe a bit more a bit less depending on how its sent)
Margin for retailer £ 4.00 (ish)
Margin for UK ‘master’ distributor £ 4.00 (ish)
Import duty £ 0.50 (depending where it came from etc)
Cost of finished goods from ‘manufacturer’ £ 5.00 ish
From that fiver they have to fund tooling, R&D, marketing, packaging the product, getting the product made etc.piedi di formaggioSubscriber
You could always borrow a pair of new cleats and make your own from them by using them as patterns for casting.
Assuming you’ve got casting sand, two moulds to hold the cope & drag, a crucible of some sort and a method of heating the raw material to melting point. Tools for handling the red hot crucible of moltem metal, somewhere safe to do this and all the appropriate safety gear (leather apron, gloves, etc) adequate place with ventilation to do the casting, tools to finish the casting once it’s cooled.
…and not to mention the correct metal – too soft & it’ll wear away in no time, too hard & it’ll wear the pedals away in no time.
SimplePosted 8 years ago
MrSparkle – Member
Rudeboy – I actually agree with you!
Uh-oh. We’ve got one ear. Nut-job…. 😯
Truth is, no-one has had the balls to challenge Shimano peopply. Campag, probbly the best placed manufacturer of bike bits, jolly well have not bothered to consider the MTB market. More fool them. Silly buggers.
SRAM have a fair few products which can challenge for Shimano’s dominance of the MTB component market, but no groupsets, which is Shimano’s forté.
All it need, were a couple of companies, with balls, to take on the Japanese giant.
So, in a sport where balls are needed, the companies that supply us with bits, are ball-less….Posted 8 years ago
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