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  • Planet X – In Administration
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    brant
    Free Member

    Hannah has been in touch.

    kelvin
    Full Member

    introducing PowerBar energy bars to the U.K.

    There’s an interesting story about that I believe… one for the journos to dig into and include in the potted history, if any of them write one as part of all this.

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    In the TT / Tri world, 10-12 years ago, a PX Stealth was seen everywhere, and PX would have a stand at big events.

    What I’ve seen is that as TT bike aero development increased in the industry in the past 10 years3, they didn’t (or weren’t able to put the ££ in to try to do it) to keep up – as open-mould offerings just weren’t up to it any more.
    The introduction of didc brakes even on TT bikes has doubled down on that (there is no way I’d buy a rim brake bike in the past 6 or 7 years, maybe 4 or 5 for a TT bike, as its buying straight into obsolescence).

    thisisnotaspoon
    Free Member

    The good stuff (and by that I mean properly solid and effective and importantly good value for money bikes and frames) bread and butter got buried. Looking at the site now though I’d say it’s much better – to a certain extent a lot of us have preconceptions about what they are which might not be quite right now in 2023.

    Dunno, it’s probably COVID supply chain related but it’s annoyed me for a few years now that there’s only ever a slim chance of there being any frames for sale. And if there was it was at fully inflated RRP. I get they why (because they had more build kits that than frames), it’s just a irritation when their old business model was selling good VFM frames.

    I do remember going round their warehouse and thinking it was like a bigger, slightly more organized version of my shed. Boxes on boxes of stuff bought one the wholesale equivalent of a PSA thread (random saddles, bells, pedals, luggage, even a warehouse rack of sofas and armchairs).

    open-mould offerings just weren’t up to it marketable any more.

    FTFY, the Watts saved on a aero-ish frame Vs a round tube are significant. The Watts saved on an optimized frame Vs an open mold I’m less convinced on. e.g. Specialized claiming the Allez Sprint and Tarmac were as/more aero than the original Venge developed with McLaren. That to me says that the margins are VERY small that new conventional-ish frames could be as good as the previous generations extremes.

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    brant
    Free Member
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    Harry_the_Spider
    Full Member

    Had a confirmation that my order has been processed.

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    captain_bastard
    Free Member

    IMHO the on-one inbred changed things, the idea that it cost the same to weld two bits of steel together regardless of geometry, so why not have a cheap frame with angles that work.  Started the whole cheap bikes that work thang

    the-muffin-man
    Full Member

    introducing PowerBar energy bars to the U.K.

    Ruddy ‘ell – I ate hundreds of those during my trailquest days!! 😀

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    footflaps
    Full Member

    The introduction of didc brakes even on TT bikes has doubled down on that (there is no way I’d buy a rim brake bike in the past 6 or 7 years, maybe 4 or 5 for a TT bike, as its buying straight into obsolescence).

    Although most people I know have TT bikes with rim brakes even though all their other bikes are disc…..

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    4 years ago… EC130 wasn’t a TT bike though.
    (I’m still using the Stealth and accept its effectively obsolete vs modern tech as far as wheels and tyres.go – being limited to 23mm maybe 25 at a real squeeze, no modern wide rims etc. The bike is not the limiting factor for me other than the seat tube angle could do with being a couple if degrees steeper to get a better body position. But it’s seen me through several iron distance races so far and I’m not gonna be troubling the podium even if I had an e-TT bike.)

    brant
    Free Member

    yeah.

    doncorleoni
    Free Member

    Wow bloomin good timing this thread… Just happened to pop on here earlier today during a very productive toilet break at work and saw this thread! Was just about (later today!) going to order a frame and some other bits totalling about £460. Wonder how many people who don’t know the situation are merrily placing orders?

    Sad news… Having and two old Inbred frames in the shed and a fatty frame kind of expected on one / planet x to be around for a while.

    Would I be crazy taking the risk to order? Assume so….

    footflaps
    Full Member

    Was just about (later today!) going to order a frame and some other bits totalling about £460

    You still can and it will turn up, if in stock.

    Administrators will run it as an ongoing business whilst exploring options.

    I’d just use a credit card, as you can always claim off that.

    damascus
    Free Member

    You still can and it will turn up, if in stock.

    Just make sure you pay by credit card as that will probably give you the most protection.  I need to order some scandal mech hangers before they all sell out!

    The px/oo daily email is probably one of the only ones I read as its always worth opening to see what’s on offer today. They have had some amazing bargains over the years.

    I’ve owned all 3 versions of the scandal and loved all three.

    I was looking at new road bikes the other day, I’m a mtber that rides on road for fitness so not very knowledgeable and their range just confused me. It just seemed like loads of the same bike for various costs and none of them took a mudgaurd unless it was a 1x gravel bike. I gave up in the end and looked at sonder and ribble.

    I really hope they survive this or evolve somehow. I know others have had horror stories but I’ve only ever had good service from them. 🤞

    Harry_the_Spider
    Full Member

    Wonder how many people who don’t know the situation are merrily placing orders?

    I did. paid by credit card. Had the confirmation email.

    savoyad
    Full Member

    Ordered something.
    I’ve had mixed experiences with them (hasn’t everyone?) but for the stuff they are good for they are still amongst the best. I probably have something from there somewhere on me every time I ride a bike.

    jonnyboi
    Full Member

    Sad to see, hope the administrators can keep it running and find a buyer. There will be suppliers that lose out as well even if that happens

    footflaps
    Full Member

    My company went through administration three years ago, suppliers lost around $20m, investors $110m. Company was refloated after a few weeks debt free…

    I got my old job back on basically the same terms after a few weeks of unemployment.

    A handful of staff (mainly finance) were employed throughout the whole process, to keep it running whilst they found a buyer.

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    politecameraaction
    Free Member

    I got my old job back on basically the same terms after a few weeks of unemployment

    Fingers crossed this is what happens for the Planet X folks

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    chestrockwell
    Full Member

    Fingers crossed this is what happens for the Planet X folks

    Not sure about the suppliers losing millions part though……

    politecameraaction
    Free Member

    Not sure about the suppliers losing millions part though…

    What aren’t you sure about?

    didnthurt
    Full Member

    I’ve had a 26″ singlespeed Inbred MTB, Planet X SL Team road bike, Scandal 26″ MTB an On-one Hello Dave MTB. All great bikes with great specs. Still have the Dave and is A perfect for a day riding steep trails.

    Hope they can be sold as a going concern.

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    chestrockwell
    Full Member

    What aren’t you sure about?

    For the Planet X folk to get their old job back like footflaps did, using the example they gave, will mean the supplies who supplied goods in good faith being screwed over which doesn’t seem like something to celebrate to me.

    Happens all the time where companies go bust, leaving a trail of debt and destruction only for the directors/owners who caused the mess to set up a similar company a while later now free of debt and able to continue living beyond their means. Someone has to pick up the tab.

    moimoifan
    Free Member

    ^^^^

    Well, ‘NewCo’ can always make ‘ex gratia’ payments to key suppliers. Absolutely nothing to do with ‘OldCo’, obviously – despite the amounts being remarkably similar to OldCo’s trade debts.

    I went through a pre-pack administration as an employee. It was horrendous from a personal workload and stress point of view.

    Looking at the bigger picture, it was a disgrace how suppliers who the NewCo would need were sorted, whilst others were left chasing pennies in the pound. Mind you, much of the ‘other’ were landlords on the retail outlets, so limited scope for tears there.

    The ones that really left a nasty taste were the little guys – the shopfitters who had dealt with the company for 5 years or more and gradually let more of their other work go to work with us. Not only did they get stiffed on their original debt, the guy who managed shopfit was then forced to contact them by the new owners and ask if they wanted to work with ‘NewCo’. The guy at our end was nearly in tears after a day of being told to go **** himself by people he’d know for decades. He also advised me not to be the last person in the office at night as some of these builders and shopfitters were also their own debt collectors, if you get my drift.

    Not a good experience – the only people who came out of it in any way to the good were the consultants and lawyers who took a huge fee whilst working out which loopholes could be used to retain key stock suppliers whilst shafting others.

    Let’s hope PX can get this sorted in as ethical a way as possible, retain as many staff as possible and continue to trade. Given benpinnick’s excellent post on the last page, though, I suspect it will be an uphill struggle.

    a11y
    Full Member

    With the exception of the MTB helmets which were a terrible fit on my bonce (although can’t really blame Planet X for that one – I’m just weirdly-shaped it seems), I’ve never had a bad product from Planet X. If indeed administration beckons it’ll be a big loss in the bike market, IMO.

    Also no idea where else I’d buy my biking socks and base layers…

    nickfrog
    Free Member

    Just means the rest of the companies can continue ripping us off for bike parts and charging obscene prices compared to elsewhere in the world.

    What similar world economies to ours have significantly cheaper prices than us for bike parts?

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    moimoifan
    Free Member

    With the exception of the MTB helmets which were a terrible fit on my bonce (although can’t really blame Planet X for that one – I’m just weirdly-shaped it seems)

    If you are, I am too. I do suspect their head model was Beaker from the Muppets. 😂

    bigrich
    Full Member

    dint dave “this week I’m buying a load of sofas, because reasons” cash out about three years ago? that would coincide with a loss of mojo and downturn.

    BoardinBob
    Full Member

    What similar world economies to ours have significantly cheaper prices than us for bike parts?

    The US? Mainly because of our 20% VAT vs their much lower sales tax, which is 0% in some states

    RRP on a Megatower here is £6349

    Santa Cruz Megatower Carbon C – S Kit

    In the US, $5899 which is £4753

    https://www.jensonusa.com/SANTA-CRUZ-MEGATOWER-2-C-S-BIKE-12

    Harry_the_Spider
    Full Member

    Well my order from yesterday is with Royal Mail and I should have it tomorrow.

    I’ve taken a punt on a helmet. Let’s see how it fits! If it is OK for my lad too I’ll get another.

    If I had the money I’d be ordering a Kaffenback. :-(

    cookeaa
    Full Member

    Here’s a question, Can PX still have their their random sales whilst in administration?

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    Seeing PX and ethical in the same sentence has been my surprise of the day.

    Shit time for the staff/trustees but one does wonder how much goodwill they’ve burnt over the years and if that’s had any affect at all on sales.


    @cookeaa
    I did get an email this morning with a sale on some stuff must end tonight. That might be administration related?

    stevextc
    Free Member

    Worst customer service I’ve received from any company in a good while.

    I once order a load of (64) c-xray spokes … at 99p each.
    They had misjudged stock or something and only had 63.

    No sweat just refund me 99p and send the rest…. they then spent ages trying emails back and forth to get me to have any other spoke at 99p followed by me saying no thank you followed by the same again… eventually I think I just told them to keep the 99p.

    FB-ATB
    Full Member

    landlords on the retail outlets, so limited scope for tears there.

    apart from the fact that a lot of pension funds will likely be invested in them, if not the landlord per se.

    damascus
    Free Member

    I did get an email this morning with a sale on some stuff must end tonight. That might be administration related?

    I doubt it, sales are they normal business operation. Its so a new sale can start tomorrow.

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    moimoifan
    Free Member

    @cookeaa

    Here’s a question, Can PX still have their their random sales whilst in administration?

    They can (and probably will – depending on the administrators’ intention) have random sales during the administration. They just won’t be PX’s sales because the whole point of administrators is that the directors of the company have lost control. For them to continue to trade, knowing they can’t meet their obligations is ‘wrongful trading’ and can wind up with prison sentences for directors.

    Generally speaking the actual administrators have one goal – that is to extract as much worth from the company as possible to meet as many debts as possible. If you’re sat on stock, that will generally mean some sort of fire sale. Where it gets murky is if, for example, a retailer is viable as a brand alone, but is saddled with expensive retail sites. In this case there may be some kind of prepack administration. I know that, legally, everyone has to be very careful as to their relationships because OldCo is going down and anyone owed money is unlikely to get paid. But everyone knows a NewCo is coming, but it will still need stock suppliers on side – hence my mention of (extremely dodgy IMO) ex gratia payments by the NewCo to those suppliers. The issue here is – why is a brand new company, with supposedly no ties to a bankrupt old company paying money to some suppliers of Oldco? If the relationship is completely new and arms length, what could those payments possibly be for? Etc.

    Anyway, that is all probably TLDR. I imagine there will be some PX bargains available in the next few weeks.

    Sandwich
    Full Member

    Just make sure you pay by credit card as that will probably give you the most protection.

    The amount must equal or be greater than £100.01 for section 75 to cover things.

    racefaceec90
    Full Member

    that is a shame i have a planet x spitfire road bike which i love (my first planet x bike) and was planning on saving up for a tempest in the future.

    hopefully they can keep going.

    afrothunder88
    Full Member

    The amount must equal or be greater than £100.01 for section 75 to cover things.

    It’s not quite that simple – the amount for a SINGLE item must equal or be greater than £100.01 for section 75 to cover things. i.e you can’t order 10 things at £11 and be covered still.

    DT78
    Free Member

    I’ve thought they’ve had a confused business for a long time, loads of seemingly random bike offerings that seem to cross over each other in terms of use

    They seemed to ditch TT products when they were still popular, I would have had a frame and carbon wheels but seemed to stop doing them / have no stock for ages so I went with a boardman.

    Same with the scandal, I wanted one, and for whatever reason it disappeared / out of stock for ages so I ended up with a scale on heavy discount, and the next 3 bikes have now been scotts.

    I’ve been tempted by their gravel bikes for some time, but I’m tight on money these days and ride less, so can’t justify new bikes since the huge price increases (across the board). I’m running my fleet until they bascially break as the fun budget hasn’t increased with the price hikes., I’m sure many are in the same position

    Some of the paint jobs are bloody awful, possibly part of the charm for some but put me right off!

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