Whats the most obscene amount you have spent on a component?
£550 on a set of racing wheels for my road bike I did get 10% discount to make it £550 though thanks LBS)
Otherwise I’ve only gone up to £2000 per whole bike when I build a race whippet from haggling from chains to mechs and frames.
Looking back I should have just a mid range bike but it is great to have something nice between your legs 😯Posted 8 years agoon and onSubscriber
over the last year the guys at work have had a shit fit over most of my bike bits.
£170 on a speedneedle saddle
£600 on wheels
£120 on an XTR cassette
£400 on Formula brakes
£100 on an EC90 seatpost
£90 on EC90 bars
£70 on a Syntace stem
£80 on Wellgo MG-1 Ti
£50 on skewers
£600+ on forks
the list goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on ( hence the user name )Posted 8 years agomboySubscriber
Spent £100 on a CK headset… Only once mind, next one was £60!
Haven’t bothered with a CK since, £25 cartridge bearing headsets do almost as good a job, last plenty long enough, and you don’t feel so bad knocking em in with a block of wood and a rubber mallet!
Think the most frivolous expenditure for me personally though was a pair of M960 XTR cranks brand new back in 2003 (to go on the same bike as the £100 CK headset). Not having been anything more than an average rider at best, why did I get XTR? Well, just cos I was being a tart! Cost me £250 and realising that they were a waste of my time and money, I sold them for £180 a couple of months later and they got replaced with some LX I think which did just as good a job.
Owned 5 pairs of those 4ti eggbeaters by the way, but only cos I got them cheap off a contact in a race team, and I sold them on for some profit. Wouldn’t use them when they do no better job than the standard pedals that cost £50 and only weigh 100g more!
Learnt the lesson about talking to non biking people about bike parts prices a long while ago though. Telling them you fitted a ti BB is probably easier, as it’s “only £100 or so” and they wouldn’t know what it was anyway. You might justify £1000 on a new Full sus frame much easier than £100 on a ti BB, but to a non biking person all they hear is the money involved!Posted 8 years agomingstaMember
Nothing too obscene for me. I tend to go long on the frames but as far as I’m concerned everything else wears out and needs replacing in the long run, so I tend to go mid range (rockshox, xt, ultegra etc) on the parts. Positively avoid carbon and weight weenie stuff.
Good clothing makes more of a difference to the ride than bling parts IMO.Posted 8 years agoWill MSubscriber
If anyones partner’s are like mine, just mentioning that you’ll be spending £1800 on a pedal bike makes her eyes water, let alone all the extras. She has come to accept it now, after much “I won’t need one for years if I get this one” kind of talking! Even the clothing, like £100 on a jacket/shoes/insert name of any kind of biking clothing makes all of my non biking friends choke on whatever drink their chewing!Posted 8 years agosootyandjimMember
I’m usually pretty well behaved when it comes to buying bicycle components but once my brother asked me what I’d like for Christmas and jokingly replied “a carbon Lefty ELO for my Cannondale”. Thing is thats what he got me! Have you an idea how expensive they were as a fork only purchase a few years back?Posted 8 years agoGasman JimMember
Pulls up a chair… where to start?
If we’re allowed to include frames I suppose it’s my Merlin Works 4.0 (although bought before massive price rises and at a special price from a friend who owns the LBS). In the long run I think it’ll prove to be a wise buy as I don’t chop & change bikes often, and am still using a Merlin Taiga from 1995 and an Extralight from 2003.
If we’re not allowed to include frames I suppose a Royce Ti BB. But thats still going strong from 1995 too!!
(Fox) fork prices seem pretty obscene to me these days.
Still, when I think how much some of my work colleagues spend on cars, holiday homes, second wives / second families / bits of fluff, biking seems pretty affordable.Posted 8 years ago
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