- Why are forks so expensive now??
Blame that ill-thought out vote last summer with mountains of misinformation on both sides!
Your best bet might be to look at a complete bike, then decide whether to keep new bike and sell the old, or just grab bits you want and sell rest of new bike.
For example, Boardman 29er for £650 with Recon Silver, or Bizango Raidon for £625 (before 10% British Cycling, or 15% Toyota Club discount).Posted 2 years ago
I’m in a similar quandary , not upgrading just needing to replace Rebas on my 29er . I’ve ordered a pair of X Fusion Slides , people on here seem to like them and the straight steerer version is £320 , tapered £340 . I’m sticking with straight steerer as it’s what I’ve got now .Posted 2 years agowwaswasSubscriber
I’m sure it’s all Brexit and nothing to do with bike bits companies charging the maximum that they think IT middle managers will pay.
It’s bound to be the latter, they weren’t legally allowed to charge what they thought they could get away with before June last year’s vote.Posted 2 years agoPJM1974Member
Plunging pound innit. If you’re an importer then you’ll be stiffed for the fall in the pound and will need to raise prices to compensate.
Also, it’s the start of a new model year. Everything is expensive once the old stock has been cleared…
Finally, this sport is seen as “aspirational” by lots of middle manager marketing people working at the major manufacturers (hello SRAM and Fox!). Aspirational pricing is seen as a fillip rather than a hindrance.
I plan on keeping my existing stuff for longer until such time as the pound recovers. Of course, having a colossal maniac in the White House means that the value of the dollar is about as predictable as a sugared up toddler’s temper over the next three and a bit years.
Likewise, if we do completely balls up Brexit then the prospect of tariffs may mean stuff becomes more expensive again.Posted 2 years agobigjimSubscriber
I’d really like to know the price of forks through the product lifecycle; the factory door price per unit, the manufacturer price to distributor, distributor to retail, etc. The fact that many retailers sell them at massive discount suggests there is a lot of breathing room between each stage, production costs must be tiny, it’s just some metal tubes, o rings, shims and a few ml oil, and development costs can’t be that high, it’s not exactly F1 technology and nothing has changed that much over the last decade or so.
We do get humped by $ exchange rate and tax in the UK too I guess.Posted 2 years agoPJM1974Member
prices where high before the EU vote
Yep. But compare the value of the pound in May 2016 with now and try to work out the additional cost of importing say 5,000 sets of forks.
You’re also going to have to hedge against the possibility of an economic downturn meaning that you have fewer customers for your premium priced forks. If the potential market for 5,000 forks is reduced by 10%, then you’re going to have to shift more unsold stock at the end of the year, possibly at or below break even.Posted 2 years agodragonMember
I suspect imported volume (lack of) must also matter, as outside of STW who really replaces their forks?
Fox prices were stupid before Brexit, the fall in the pound just makes them even more stupidly expensive. About time that someone in the UK to set up a rival fork company.Posted 2 years agob rMember
tbh I’d be buying a set of 29 Pikes instead, they’re probably less than 200g heavier (my 29’s a 1800g). You can change the airshaft to move the travel between 120mm and 160mm so will go on pretty much any 29er (useful for those folk who regularly change frames/bikes).
Certainly stiffer than Reba’s and probably better for a larger ‘lad’.Posted 2 years ago
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