- when buying a new bike…is it better value for money to buy a "big" brand
It’s better value for money to buy the bike that has the most value to you as a thing to ride and have fun on rather than what your perception of the kit hanging off it is.
This is where blind tests would be useful if a little dangerous.
Sometimes you need to look past the spec and pick the best riding one. The kit on it does not guarantee what it will ride like.
Value for money is a subjective thing.Posted 7 years agofoxyriderMember
All the bikes I’ve built up
Hmm – I have built 4 bikes up now and I love them more for it – without any issues!! Maybe your not very good a building bikes 😉 LOL
So some people think the components ont their bikes are specifically chosen for that bike – nothing do do with cost/profit margins etc? Of course buying a new bike generally costs less than buying individual components but start with a good frame you can put what you want on them rather than waiting for them to “wear out” and “upgrade”?Posted 7 years agobreatheeasyMember
Some of the top range Specialized leave a little to be desired in terms of value for money.
I was bored once and worked out I could buy a S-Works frame and all the identical components (with even some upgrades) from the shops for less than Specialized were wanting for some S-Works Stumpy (or Epic)!Posted 7 years agoenduro-aidMember
I’m talking about the aftersale warranty and the level of kit supplied with the bike
if you look at spesh or giant they seem to offer a higher level of forks, drivetrain, brakes etc for your money than some of the smaller brands i.e lappy, commencal, orange etc
or do the smaller brands have better frames therfore making up for the add-ons???Posted 7 years agochakapingSubscriber
The real top end bikes (£4k plus) are just there to take money off mugs though, aren’t they?
Giant, Spesh and Trek might give marginally better kit for the same price tag – but a lot of riders would rather have slightly cheaper components on what they regard as a higher-quality or better-designed (for them) frame from a manufacturer like Lapierre or Orange.
Although if I wanted a normal XC FS bike I’d be very tempted to get an Anthem X or Fuel EX.Posted 7 years agoMunqe-chickMember
+! for high end I cant see why someone would buy true “off-the-peg”, what are the chances the bike has exactly the spec you want? Maybe people who buy top of the range complete bikes do get the shop to chop and change spec to suit them?
The bigger brands have more buying power with their suppliers so can drive a favourable rate (whether or not they pass this on), and due to stocking levels are possibly more likely to be found reduced end-of-year.
The only time Ive bought a full bike it was a Kona from pauls cycles with over 50% off rrp, and if I was ever to do it again it would be something like a high end Giant from same.
like this, a Trance X1 for the price of a similarly performing chichi frame (and this is speaking as a Nomad owner 😳 😆
(not connected to Pauls, just love a bargain)Posted 7 years agosteve_b77Member
This is exactly what i’m thinking, I’m starting to stockpile cash for a purchase in the new year, £2.5k budget and the big brands are looking good VFM right now, especially the new stumpy elite – 2×10 XTR/Carbon cranked goodness or the comp carbon for the same cash with carbon front end and 2×10 againPosted 7 years agov10Member
Interesting to see that Specialized tactic of ‘overspeccing’ the rear mech still works for some consumers.
Its a lovely looking machine and pretty good value but look past the bling rear mech and crank and your getting slx shifters, x.7 front mech, slx cassette, open bath RL standard QR forks… Not saying you will get oodles more spec by buying another bike (infact its on a par with most other stuff at this price) but its not really an ‘XTR Bike’ 😉Posted 7 years ago
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