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I'm looking at getting the fifteen G cranks. Have any of you seen these at your local shop, or is it an online-only type of item? After flipping through some catalogs of well known vendors (QBP, Hawley, B&J, etc.) at my LBS I didn't see these cranks? Granted, I might have missed them somewhere. Is this an item where the shop has to sign up as a vendor directly through the company just to get the crank?
 

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most major online shops have great return policies. With that said, my LBS is" the Path" and they carry a ton of high end specialty parts. I have yet to see Fifteen G there or any LBS. I have seen them in person and they look great.
 

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thumpduster said:
I'm looking at getting the fifteen G cranks. Have any of you seen these at your local shop, or is it an online-only type of item? After flipping through some catalogs of well known vendors (QBP, Hawley, B&J, etc.) at my LBS I didn't see these cranks? Granted, I might have missed them somewhere. Is this an item where the shop has to sign up as a vendor directly through the company just to get the crank?
Some companies sell through distributors, others directly to dealers. There are lots of factors that go into that most basic marketing decision, including that distributors are often slow at picking up new products in a crowded category where they already have others.

Your best bet is to call or email Fifteen G, and ask how they sell, and where the nearest dealer is. Then you can decide visit that shop, talk your favorite shop into ordering them for you, or buy on-line.
 

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I emailed fifteen G right before I made this post. They got back to me yesterday (fast!) and said they'll be in QBP's 2010 catalog. I knew they were offered by some online retailers, but so far just from specs and reviews it sounds like they have the best value going on cranks, and I hope getting hooked up with QBP will bring their products into more shops.
 

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QBP lists them on the online catalog but they are not in stock yet.

Obviously most distributors only publish print catalogs once a year, more often than not in December or January. Bike manufacturers as early as June. So yes new parts come out, specs change, etc after printing.

At my shop, we only really use the Print priceless catalog if customers want to physically flip through the book, or the computer is tied up. We've stopped getting priced catalogs from QBP since pricing always changes and its easier to just look it up online
 
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