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Road discs to debut on World Tour
Last Post 09/13/2015 03:04 PM by Nicholas Arenella. 22 Replies.
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Cosmic Kid

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09/05/2015 12:27 PM
Posted By ed custer on 09/05/2015 10:34 AM
Lets see, a carbon bike with carbon wheels. electronic shifting, disc brakes. What will that put you back, 9K for starters?


Schitt...you can go +$10K easily without the discs right now. Just stoopid.....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Gonzo Cyclist

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09/08/2015 11:01 AM
oh yeah, the stuff is ridiculous, but, people will buy it, and put on their Assos Kit and ride it. Hydraulics will not really increase the cost really, and as CK points out, it's very easy to hit 10K without it.

Which brings up another point, is this even sustainable for the market? High end bikes are good to sell, but if a guy dumps that kind of cash on a bike, he's not buying for again for quite some time. We are already seeing this in the MTB side of things....
Orange Crush

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09/08/2015 11:16 AM
My last bike cost $3k and I don't plan on spending much more than that on next purchase which is still some considerable years out as this one still works very well. Anything more than that is pearls for the swine for most. Folks should spent less dough on the shine and more time riding.

My buddy who rides the same $3k bike as me was joking he was the only one racing near the sharp end of the Haute Route Alps with an aluminum frame. Conversely there were a lot of $10k bikes holding up the tail end of the field or dropping out. Also a lot of really bad sounding and poorly shifting $10k bikes after a week of hardship in the mountains. My rental came with daily mechanics service and was still doing perfect on day 7.
Gonzo Cyclist

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09/10/2015 09:29 AM
Yup, OC, the 2 to 3K range is the sweet spot, you get a decent bike with good stuff, and maybe do a few upgrades.
We had a bunch of blingy bikes at the shop, Di2 BMC's, Cinnelli's, Cassati's, Ciocc's, but IMHO, the best riding bike was the Alloy DeBernardi, and this bike was a stunner, the thing is beautiful, and the kicker is, it was only 1700.00 bucks for the bike with 105
My buddy has a high end Cassati, it's alloy, and that is one the best bikes I have ever ridden

your right, people really should spend less dough on the shine and more time riding.
Orange Crush

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09/10/2015 10:15 AM
Funny thing is I spent what my wife and probably many others consider a relatively insane amount of money on this Haute Route Alps thing. But its a memory that lasts a lifetime. A bike, like a car, to me is simply a tool to get there and get the job done.
longslowdistance

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09/10/2015 08:02 PM
Like a lot of things in life, if the quality is there, one quickly forgets or loses interest in what it cost.
Ride On

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09/13/2015 07:16 AM
Interesting idea. With disc brakes can the tire tube valve be made to come out the side of the rim instead of at the base where the spokes are? Reason being if you could do that could you install 2 tubes and have one valve come out the left of the rim and one come out the right. Inflate only one of them. If you get a flat just inflate the 2nd one with a CO2 and you are on your way. Maybe if what caused the flat didn't take out the un-inflated 2nd one. No this isn't for you guys who know how to change a tube. It's for the general population
Nick A

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09/13/2015 03:04 PM
Saw my first high end road bike with discs on the road yesterday. Went by quickly the other way on a hill. Had to take a second look to see that it definitely wasn't a cyclocross bike. Just finished getting my wife's ancient seven speed all steel trek mountain bike running. I was surprised that it wasn't too difficult to find trigger shifter and cassette. On the other hand finding older road bike stuff is pretty hard. I think they know the market and who they can bilk.
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