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    Mailorder shops in OZ?

    I'm kind of new to Australia and I need some mtb stuff. I'd buy it at my local bikeshop, except there are no local bikeshops.

    What online stores do people use here? Is there an Aussie equivalent to Universal or CRC in the US?
    wanted: Cannondale Lefty w/ V-brake studs

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    I am in New Zealand and use CRC quite alot, never had any problems and always receive the goods in about 8-10 days.
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    The Phantom Cycles website is down at the moment, but the guys are great. They're in Tahmoor and definitely worth a visit, or a call on (02) 4683-1262. They're my LBS.

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    A lot of us on here use CRC, Wiggle or a couple of other sites quite frequently. Often a few of us Melbourne boys will order together to get free postage. There's a CRC order thread at the moment, you've missed the bus this time though.
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    Some ideas?

    Australia:

    http://tbsm.com.au/ - quick, mainly DH items *
    http://www.phantomcycles.com.au/ - generally quick, large range *
    http://www.torpedo7.com.au/ - narrow range
    http://www.cellbikes.com.au/ - narrow range
    http://www.bikedepot.com.au/ - narrow range
    http://www.cecilwalker.com.au/ - ok if items in stock

    UK - cheap delivery:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ - large range, quick, spend $500 for free postage *
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ - smaller range, quick, spend $100 for free postage *

    US - pricey delivery:

    http://www.universalcycles.com/ - large range, quick *
    http://www.speedgoat.com/ - large range, cheap items at times that make up for delivery charges *
    http://www.cambriabike.com/ - narrow range, cheap "closeout" items
    http://www.jensonusa.com/ - narrow range

    Other:

    http://www.ebay.com.au/
    http://www.bike-mailorder.de/shop/index.php?language=en - European brands not easily available elsewhere
    http://www.cycleway.cn/ - never used, looks like a large range


    * Shops I use most often and would recommend due to range and service. If an item is not in stock at the LBS it is always quicker to get it sent from one of these shops (if they have stock) than to wait for it to arrive at the LBS from the warehouse/distributor. Well maybe not always, but almost.
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    CRC's free postage limit is dependent on a GBP value, so it's actually at A$430 at the moment, for what it's worth.

    Nice list Casper. I'd also add to the US - pricey delivery:
    http://www.competitivecyclist.com/
    http://www.bikeman.com/

    Nobody beats CRC's range though. I'd always go with them, and just wait till someone organises an order here. As John mentioned, you just missed the boat on mine. There will be someone else doing one sometime soon-ish, I'm sure.

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    There's also http://www.mymountain.com.au/

    I haven't used them yet but they did help me out big time at a race a while back. Good guys.

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    In my experience bikeman.com is good for spare parts and hard to find bits. Eg. I bought a 2nd Cateye headlight bar mount, a SKS mudguard adapter from them.
    I also like the fact the stock every conceivable Salsa product...
    The twenty-nine inch wheel.

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    wow, thanks guys and especially cowpat. Now I just have to get used to paying $500 AUD for stuff that retails for $250 in the US... oh well...
    wanted: Cannondale Lefty w/ V-brake studs

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    Quote Originally Posted by lelebebbel
    ...Now I just have to get used to paying $500 AUD for stuff that retails for $250 in the US... oh well...
    9 times out of 10 I've seen things cheaper in the UK online (CRC, Wiggle) than any US store (Jenson, Speedgoat etc) post-conversion. Even stuff like Chris King gear - made in the USA. My 1.5in NoThreadset headset was cheaper on CRC than anywhere I looked in the US by a decent amount. Even more when you take free shipping into account with CRC.

    It helps that our $$ is strong against the pound at the moment, but even back when it was 3 to 1, CRC was still cheaper than anywhere here by a longshot.

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    aspirevelotech.com is good for Chris King, Thompson and a few other brands, though like N_P said at the moment CRC has just pipped them for CK headsets.
    They do have free shipping though.
    The twenty-nine inch wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    They do have free shipping though.
    D'you mean Aspire VeloTech? or were you referring to CRC? If the former, that's good to know as I need some 1.5in red headset spacers and I couldn't figure out what AVT mean when they say "Shipping is always reasonable (or free)" I was wondering if it just meant "we'll decide when it comes time to ship"

    Of course, if I get some spacers at $9 each, I really should bulk out the order with a matching red bottom bracket shouldn't I?

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    Yep. aspirevelotech.com is the address. All the stuff i have bought from there has had free shipping. They are an authorized CK dealer which is good too. Smaller bits like spacers may incur shipping, but if you tack them onto a bb order it'll all be free im sure. The CK bb's are a work of art and mine hasn't creaked or been touched since installation. CK also make an extemely precise bb tool that wont chop into the ano.

    I went for a Cane Creek 110 for the Selma as I've read they are better than 1/18 CK's for long travel forks and 29ers. Bikeman had 'em for less than CRC. Bikeman's shipping was a flat rate of $43US. The fact that I was ordering a whole pile of stuff meant the shipping ended up quite reasonable.
    The twenty-nine inch wheel.

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    OK, cool. Will keep that in mind.

    Yeah I have a problem with US shipping charges - so many places are overpriced. I was looking at a Crumpler Bees Knees messenger bag from REI the other day which would've worked out cheaper than walking down to Crumpler Fitzroy 5min away, saving A$90. They wanted to charge US$70 for delivery. WTF? It'd fold up into the size of a hoodie or smaller and US$70. F that.

    Like you say, if you have a big order and it's a flat rate then it's not too bad. But I dunno why any of them don't have a free shipping limit for OS customers though.

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    I use iTunes for riding music

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumbox
    I use iTunes for riding music
    I use P2P file sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    I use P2P file sharing.
    Have a look @ rlslog.net.. To find files, then dl from the linked site/s. The 'comments' under a listing have links to megashares, hotfile, rapidhsare etc. No need to upload, fast downloads. Generally free. Or you can pay for faster/multiple files dl's.

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