- why have all the top end enduro bikes sold out?
Top end bikes, maybe 10-20 get brought in because they exist to top the range they don’t really exist to be sold. With so few they are always going to disappear early on. With the MTB market in a bad way no reason to bring many in, with all the confusion over wheel standards not many people I know are considering buying a mtb for a year or two, again hurting sales.Posted 3 years agomrmoMember
I don’t know how long in advance they have to order in all the 1×11 and pike stuff, but I’m guessing it was way before all the rave reviews.
So I can imagine it felt like a gamble.
Same as speccing RS-1s would be now.
Don’t know all the details, but someone I know is currently working, and has been for a while, on 2016 bikes, 2015 being history as far as he was concerned. Said he had a set of RS1’s on a bike in Taiwan a good few weeks back. Has a copy of Shimano’s 2016 range, I doubt Sram are any different. It takes time to spec and obtain parts.Posted 3 years agoHob NobMember
Yep, one of my riding friends is a product manager for Specialized, he seems to have a lot of the shiny stuff very early.
As for bikes selling out, better stock control mainly. Brands would rather sell out and have demand than dumping huge inventories into the marketplace late in the year to clear stock. It doesn’t do much for brand value…Posted 3 years agobigblackshedSubscriber
It’s been like it for years TBH. Top end or odd sizes are only brought in in tiny numbers.
2008 I wanted a Kona Five-0 in 20″. Waited and waited for it to arrive in the UK. Then sold out. Turns out Paligap only brought in 5 20″ bikes. And that wasn’t top end. £1099 I think.Posted 3 years agonickdaviesSubscriber
Apart from knocking Pikes.
The only knocking I hear on my bike is my knees…. 😉 The pikes are flawless!
I’m not sure how many of the top end bikes from the bargain brands OP is looking at actually get made. Focus, Canyon, Cube etc all not got the brand power of the big boys, specialized, santa cruz etc but charge a lot less.
I’m guessing that they do a limited run for their teams and people who want to buy decent spec bikes, but I think to make a decent profit they’ve got to charge more money, by which point people won’t want to buy them. So they do a few to sell through but don’t invest massively as there’s not much return. Looking at some of the canyon range you can build up some of the lower spec models for less than they charge, but I couldn’t build my strive for the same money just for the components, and that’s not even taking the frame into account. Same spec in a Heckler or Enduro is 5K+, and that’s twice what I paid and there’s no corners cut on the kit. I really don’t see how that can turn them a profit.Posted 3 years agochestrockwellMember
Got to be a more conservative stock control hasn’t it, maybe brought on by the confusion over wheel size and what people would actually buy this year.
The knock on effect will be less OEM stock for Merlin and their chums I’d have though that will in turn lead to a very sad STW.Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Very easy to believe that the 650b fiasco has hurt manufacturers with unsellable/heavily discounted inventory so wouldn’t be surprised if they’re overcautious this year.
Orbea Rallon would be on my list of things to check btw, still available and looks blimmin awesome.Posted 3 years agofr0sty125Member
I think some have not even arrived yet…
Norco Range carbon in stock in about a month..Posted 3 years ago
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