This has mainly been in the last year, rather than an ongoing thing, I’m not sure who Specialized licence anything from, they owned the patent which has expired I thought.So, aluminum as a commodity cost more, labor cost more, shipping cost more, fancy licensed suspension designs cost more...
This isn’t true. Coil forks or shocks have changed very little in probably twenty years. The biggest improvement has been tapered steerers and weight reduction, while we’ve got a worse axle standard in 15mm instead of 20mm. I have several coil forks in 145 and 150mm that ride as well as anything today if not better. Entry level stuff now is still pretty nasty in some cases.Even basic level suspension blows away top suspension from your precious 2005 enduro nowadays. That. Cost. Money.
You can fit droppers to old bikes, you can fit 11 speed Shimano to almost any bike manufactured from the mid nineties onwards. 20mm and 26” wheels didn’t taco anymore than modern wheels. Bracing angles were worse on early 650B and 29ers without the boost change (which we probably didn’t need if the existing 20mm and 150mm were used). Remember when Super Tacky and Slow Reezays came out? Have we progressed hugely since then? Perhaps on the trail side of things. Are drivetrains better? I was 1x9 then, I didn't really have any shifting issues, NW and clutches are brilliant though. But again, these can be put on old bikes.Drivetrains are more reliable, better shifting. Tires have more grip and durability, dropper post actually work and come onbasically all mountain bikes. Wheels don’t taco when you look at them wrong, hubs don’t explode after one muddy ride...
That’s true, but they’re still shipping stuff to the US. Specialized have already hinted at this change with a direct to consumer model.Now, let’s get to the cost of sending stuff to New Zealand. Shipping is insane and it’s a small market. It’s going to cost a ton.
Yep I realise, which is why I said it. It is difficult to make a direct comparison as 2014 Carbon Enduros had a higher spec.Now wait, you’re also looking at a CARBON BIKE compared to when you purchased an Aluminum bike!
And here it’s $6000US.In the US, the Enduro Comp (yes, with a carbon frame) is $4,700.
This exactly.If you really look at it, you can build your own hardtail for a ridiculously low price and have a bike that would have been on the cover of Mountain Bike Action ten years ago as a "Game Changer" and "Quiver Killer." ...
Yeah, you're going to have to spend a little money but it is a hobby. The anger at bike prices comes from not being able to afford the more expensive stuff. There is certainly a difference between a $700 bike and $4000 bike in the same category but not enough to get angry about. Not to mention that if all you can afford are less expensive bikes how do you know the difference? They tell me that Kobe beef is really, really good but since all I've ever eaten are rib eyes from Kroger it doesn't bother me and I don't feel compelled to spend thirty dollars a pound for meat. I also don't lash out at people who spend that kind of money.
This maybe more of the new normal than anyone can believeUnfortunately, this is the new normal. They sell their bikes like crazy- road, gravel, e-bikes, MTBs....even their commuter models sell well. Plus, look at any of the established manufacturers like Pivot, Yeti, SC, Evil, and the rest- they have all raised prices over the years where a $6K bike is low-mid level now. People are happy to pay it or finance. Guys have been complaining about this for the last 7-8 years and all that has happened is that prices have kept increasing. No reputation risk either. On the contrary, their bikes seem to be even more desirable.
I read it not as specialized raised their prices, they raised prices on a bike he ordered months prior to the increase. We don’t know if specialized jacked the price up on him or the lbs did, either way I support cancelling the order and not doing biz with them again. That’s not right.The gentleman immediately above my response, who said he would only shop brands that didn’t increase prices during this period.