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This probably belongs in another area, but I just wanted to see what you guys thought.

I recently started building up my Highline and I wanted to try the new Hope Tech V2 brakes. I looked around most of the online stores that I use -- Speedgoat, Cambria, Pricepoint, etc. and if they were on the catalog they were $400-$440 each. I got a tip to try Chain Reaction Cycles out of the UK. The price was 1/2 of the stores here.....

Is this do to the store being in the same country as the manufacturer? The US dollar -- which I thought was doing poorly right not? I am just amazed that they could be so much cheaper.

Thanks,
Ryan
 

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scottryana said:
This probably belongs in another area, but I just wanted to see what you guys thought.

I recently started building up my Highline and I wanted to try the new Hope Tech V2 brakes. I looked around most of the online stores that I use -- Speedgoat, Cambria, Pricepoint, etc. and if they were on the catalog they were $400-$440 each. I got a tip to try Chain Reaction Cycles out of the UK. The price was 1/2 of the stores here.....

Is this do to the store being in the same country as the manufacturer? The US dollar -- which I thought was doing poorly right not? I am just amazed that they could be so much cheaper.

Thanks,
Ryan
Ryan,

I think it has a lot more to do with the value of the dollar right now. I shop on ChainReactionCycles.com from time to time as you can get bike porn there that you can't buy in the US or Canada. I found a pair of Shimano XT touring cranks (you can mod these to fit an 83mm shell) that are nearly impossible to find here in the US and Canada. The cost was $168 US a couple weeks ago which included the BB (my guess is that the price has probably gone up a bit over the past few days). That was about a $100 cheaper than most places sell the same (non-touring/larger chainring) crankset here in the States.

edit: BTW shipping times to the US are actually faster than from Canada through the Post Office. I normally receive product to Utah in about a week and a half.
 

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slcrockymountainrider said:
Ryan,

I think it has a lot more to do with the value of the dollar right now. I shop on ChainReactionCycles.com from time to time as you can get bike porn there that you can't buy in the US or Canada. I found a pair of Shimano XT touring cranks (you can mod these to fit an 83mm shell) that are nearly impossible to find here in the US and Canada. The cost was $168 US a couple weeks ago which included the BB (my guess is that the price has probably gone up a bit over the past few days). That was about a $100 cheaper than most places sell the same (non-touring/larger chainring) crankset.
And with the value of the UK pound. It's getting lower and lower. :thumbsup: I'm lucky with the Euro.
 

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scottryana said:
This probably belongs in another area, but I just wanted to see what you guys thought.

I recently started building up my Highline and I wanted to try the new Hope Tech V2 brakes. I looked around most of the online stores that I use -- Speedgoat, Cambria, Pricepoint, etc. and if they were on the catalog they were $400-$440 each. I got a tip to try Chain Reaction Cycles out of the UK. The price was 1/2 of the stores here.....

Is this do to the store being in the same country as the manufacturer? The US dollar -- which I thought was doing poorly right not? I am just amazed that they could be so much cheaper.

Thanks,
Ryan
Ryan,

I think that's part of it. I recently ordered some parts for my Highilne from there also, and the Hope rotors I needed were quite a bit cheaper from them than anywhere in the states.

I also got a set of the new Saint cranks and front derailleur, and they were less than half what I found them for here in the US.
 
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