Shopping Around

Shopping Around

BUYING A ROAD BIKE  BEST VALUE / BEST PRICE

 

 

This is what The Bike Works can do for you if you are shopping around for a road bike .

 

You know exactly what size bike and group set you want etc. If you do not Know this information click here for our Whats My Bike Size Service. 

 

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There are a lot of bikes being offered by on line retailers, with some bikes being better than others. If you choose to make a distance purchase, these online retailers will expect you to point shoot and buy. Ask these sellers all your questions about their products, then:-

 

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Seen your dream group set on a cheap frame at a killer price?

 

The question (maybe in the back of your mind on a long high speed descent) is how is the cost saving made?

 

These cheap bike manufacturers will be making most of the saving on the frame. They will have no research and design costs, by re – using old carbon mould technology and old designs that the major brands have discarded . Being price point driven the cheap bike producers will be sourcing frames from manufacturers with the same mindset.

 

Carbon bike frames are  produced using a labour intensive lay up layering process. So just because a frame comes from a major brand old frame mould and looks externally similar it does not follow that it will be the same product in terms of internals and performance characteristics.  It is critical to the frame strength and stiffness proportions that the operative expertly and carefully utilizes different carbon types in different orientations. It is this process quality that the high end brands ensure is consistently delivered adding value as well as price to their product.

 

Having shopped around far east manufacturers for the lowest prices, cheap bike frame manufactures are totally in the hands of factory manufacturers with regard to process and quality. The downward price pressure will probably require increased productivity from the factory at the expense of the performance characteristics of the frame and maybe even the well being of workers. When goods arrive in the container following a 6 week sea journey not as originally specified the cut price brands cannot return the goods. The frame will go the consumer as is. If this doesn’t matter to you and low price is driving your purchasing decision then we probably will not be able to help – all the best!

 

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Time is money. Save us the time we would otherwise spend with you answering questions about other brands and we will let you know our best, point, shoot and take it away price for one of our selected brands. Orbea, Cinelli, Tifosi, Orro and Marin.

 

 

WE WOULD LOVE TO SUPPLY YOU WITH A BIKE THAT WE LOVE AND YOU CAN LOVE TOO.