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    Most overpriced things in Mountain Biking

    I just thought it would be fun to have a thread about things that cost way more then they should. What do you think is the most overpriced item in biking, either in terms or what it is worth, or what it costs to produce vs selling price.
    Here is my top 5.

    1. Stans Sealent. This stuff was like 5 dollars a botle when it frist came out. Now its like 25. Its freaking latex in an oil bottle. Even real oil that had to be drilled out of the ground and refined in like 25% the cost of this stuff. Works good but there is some serious markup there. I bet it cost 1 dollar to make the bottle

    2. Garmin Edge 705. Holy hell I could buy a real computer for the cost of one of these. GPS's for your car are like 1/3 the cost of one of these and they have bigger screens and almost certainly cost about the same to make.

    3. S-works Epic. $8500 are you serious

    4. Gu's, Recovery drinks, bars etc. All of this so called performance food is so expensive considering what you pay for real food. Gu is not that different from syrup or honey either of which you can get a big bottle of for like 5 bucks. A smaller bottle of Hammer Gel costs 25. The individual packs are even crasier.

    5. The last thing that I think cost way more then it should are Helmets. Particually high end ones. 230 dollars for an S-works Helmet. 160 for a Decibel. These are chunks of styrofoam with holes cut in them and a plastic top. I know there are less expensive ones but most are still in the 100 dollar range.

    So those are some of the things I think I way overpriced. Not saying I don't use them or they are not worth it, just thought it would be a fun thread. Seems like bike stuff is just getting way too costly. Its a bike not a Stealth Fighter Jet.

    So what do you think is price gouged.
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    Sidi shoes. Great shoes but ridiculously priced.

    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    Shimano replacement cranksetplates. A one notch lower crankset costs what 3 plates cost.
    About the expensive helmets, besides protecting you better, they encourage you to not land on your head. So either way, you're still winning.

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    list pricing

    X.0 Trigger shifters and X.0 Rear derailleur. XTR is just as bad. $230.
    Fox Forx. Specifically, the Fox 40. $1600.
    Salsa Gordo rims. $100 a pop.
    Crank Bros. Acid-3 pedals. $300?
    Hammerschmidt. $700 plus.
    Ellsworth sells a Ti MTB for $10k
    Ellsworth wheels. $900 for 36 points of engagement. Wow.

    We should do a best bang for the buck thread as well.
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    Whats a Crankset plate?

    Is that a Chainring. I agree chainrings are way spendy
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    derailleur hangers ... $25 for about $1 worth of aluminum
    my bike is 2 months old and I'm on my 3rd one

    1st one - when I got the frame the hanger was bent - shop sent me 1 and I bought a spare
    2nd one - tree branch caught it and ripped it off
    3rd one is on there now
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    scott genius limited- msrp $13,225.00
    http://scottusa.com/us_en/category/1662/genius

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    How could I forget!? Cassettes!
    You're paying twice the price to shave a few grams when looking at XT and XTR. This happens with most shimano gear.

    Also: Ceramic Rims
    almost 1K for a wheelset that you'll end up trashing like the last one

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    Yes thats nuts

    A 22 lb 6 inch bike is pretty cool tho. I bet they could sell alot of them for 3000.
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    headset installation tools: come on? $150 for a bolt and two washers?
    Bike work stands - again, you can make one for like $60
    Tires - $100 for a full set of Nevegals that wear out in a riding season or two
    Disc Rotors - hayes and high end avids both retail for $45 at my LBS. I could by a new set of BB7's with the rotors I want for $15 more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoke2
    derailleur hangers ... $25 for about $1 worth of aluminum
    my bike is 2 months old and I'm on my 3rd one
    save $$$ and pick better lines

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    Medical costs for broken bones.

    Gas for the road trip.

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    thats why its called buycycling.
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    Almost $300 for a short sleeve jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garlock
    About the expensive helmets, besides protecting you better, they encourage you to not land on your head. So either way, you're still winning.
    Is there any evidence that a more expensive helmet protects your head better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalfaraway

    So what do you think is price gouged.
    A $130 headset.

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    Shorts and jerseys...I struggle with the fact they (insert name here) are make a nice utilitarian piece of bike clothing and then put lipstick on it and force us into buying a fashion statement. Then sticking us with $100 for baggy shorts or $80 for a polyester jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jawndoe
    thats why its called buycycling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b4 stealth
    Tires - $100 for a full set of Nevegals that wear out in a riding season or two
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    You get a season or two out of your tires? HMMMMMM.

    I get 3 to 6 weeks out of Kendas and about three months out of similar Maxxis tires.
    I ride 2-3 days a week and about 18 miles each ride.

    Still, $80 - $100 for tires. You can buy a whole set of tires for an econo car for about that much.
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    Cool thread. I think nearly everything about mountain biking is ridiculously expensive. I love the hobby, but think about what a typical FS rig goes for. You can easily pick up a good MX or ATV for those prices. Even look at BMX. Granted the bikes aren't FS, but the technology is similar. Somehow BMX stuff is much, much cheaper.

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    All 2009 bikes. Those prices are insane.
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    Yea but...

    Quote Originally Posted by InvictaS1
    scott genius limited- msrp $13,225.00
    http://scottusa.com/us_en/category/1662/genius

    Don't you want one? That is the sweetest bike I have ever seen. I don't really care what it costs, I want one.


    WTB saddle- shadow V $165 of pain some plastic and fake leather. what? 25 bucks in parts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta
    Is there any evidence that a more expensive helmet protects your head better?

    Actually, there wasa study about 10 years ago which showed that helmets with many vents are actually LESS safer than much cheaper helmets. Makes sense as there are so many openings and so little protection for the noggin.
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    About Helmets, I wear a cheapie $30 Bell Helmet. If I crash on it, its being replaced with another $30 helmet. Paying $230 for a helmet is like spending $500 on the Rock Racing uniform kit. There are places that sell shirts that are just as good as Bike Jerseys when it comes to moisture wicking and breathabilty properties for much less. If you don't like a $130 headset, well then don't put one on your bike, we aren't holding a gun to your head to do so. $8500 S-Works Epic.. yeah thats pricey but if you don't like the price get a custom Ventana built up, or something cheaper. Just Remember what you are buying. I am pretty sure if you can afford the new Epic, and are seriously considering it then the price might not be such a bad thing. Just realize that the weak dollar has contributed to this situation too. Like I said its Buycycling. One person buys something from the LBS only to have it cycled down to another user later. It sucks but sometimes if you need to have "The Best" you have to pay the costs associated with "The Best". If you want quality and want to keep money in your wallet get what you want used, or New Old Stock.

    Funny someone mentioned Stan's... yesterday I went to the LBS to pick some up and the mechanic said goto the hardware store and get some liquid latex and a bit of silica sand. Yeah he knew it was a rip off too. But you know what I am will to pay for it, because I don't use THAT much Stan's. Having two wheelsets helps.

    Look a brand new Ferrari isn't cheap either. But I can get a used one for 20k if I look around.
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    As someone who just purchased a decent used FS bike and looking at upgrades I am stunned at how pricey some of this stuff is. I can remember when $100 was a lot for a saddle and I recently visited a website (mtb and road) and they had 2 pages of saddles ranging from $150-$500. High end cranksets for $500? $200 shifters? I'm willing to go middle of the road for slightly heavier but just as reliable stuff. Ebay is looking pretty good at this point.

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    Fox forks -- ridiculous! $800? Are you guys on drugs, is that why they're so much?!?
    Rock Shox forks aren't too far behind, either!
    Cane Creek in general is about 50% overpriced....
    Ellsworth, Intense, Litespeed, Merlin, Scott -- Joe Six-Pack can only look at these!
    X.0, yeah...ouch. XTR isn't even worth my time....
    $80-$100 jersey, shorts,...please.

    'Course, the online places love me anyway, cuz I help them get rid of their old stuff; I WILL NOT spend more than $300 for a fork, $50 for a jersey/shorts/helmet, and only because I demand 3-strap will I go over $50 for shoes. LOVE stuff like X.9, 90% of the perf for 45% of the price. Oh, and these $700+ wheelsets, yeah right. For $300, I can have all the strength I need.
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    Lights are too expensive. I would love to ride at night but I would not like to pay 2-300 dollars just to do so safely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooked
    Lights are too expensive... but I would not like to pay 2-300 dollars just to do so safely.
    No, they're worth it. They open up a completely different part of riding. And yes, the price is worth (safety is being safelt lit) it also once you're stylin' w/ a sweet system @ night.

    Over pridced? The amount of $ the average noob thinks they have to spend to get out and enjoy trails. What can't you put a price on? Fitness.
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    Wipperman's $500 Ti chain.
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    ceramic bearings for $90/pair? Come on... they're little balls...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish
    No, they're worth it. They open up a completely different part of riding. And yes, the price is worth (safety is being safelt lit) it also once you're stylin' w/ a sweet system @ night.

    Over pridced? The amount of $ the average noob thinks they have to spend to get out and enjoy trails. What can't you put a price on? Fitness.
    LED lights are absolutely overpriced.
    $10 LED
    $10 electronics
    $10 wiring
    $40 battery
    $10 housing
    $100 profit

    I built my own and have twice the performance at half the price of most commercial LED lighting systems.

    I am planning on building another light that will be even 2/3rds brighter and a half the cost of my current lights.

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    Great reply

    Quote Originally Posted by tech_dog
    ceramic bearings for $90/pair? Come on... they're little balls...
    I love this thread its making me laugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garlock
    How could I forget!? Cassettes!
    You're paying twice the price to shave a few grams when looking at XT and XTR. This happens with most shimano gear.

    Also: Ceramic Rims
    almost 1K for a wheelset that you'll end up trashing like the last one
    I don't know. Ti on that XTR is pretty nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thimk
    Wipperman's $500 Ti chain.
    But come on, you save 30 grams, and don't get any better shifting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooked
    Lights are too expensive. I would love to ride at night but I would not like to pay 2-300 dollars just to do so safely.
    It absolutely is highway robbery. http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...+light+project Some guys came up with his own design using a halogen flood lamp for landscaping and housed it in a PVC cap. The batteries can be readily purchased already in waterbottles for a reasonable price. I think for a light equivalent to the 2-300 jobs, these cost about $60-80 depending on the battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumbee1
    LED lights are absolutely overpriced.
    $10 LED
    $10 electronics
    $10 wiring
    $40 battery
    $10 housing
    $100 profit
    You forgot costs to engineer, manufacture/assemble, ship, stock, sell, support, advertise, pay taxes, facilities, just to name a few. Unless a company publishes its gross and net margins on a product/product line, there is really no way estimate how much profit/loss they're making on something unless you know the company's operations OR have experience in the industry...you just can't add up what you think each component costs.

    Interesting thread. Products that are "overpriced" are for one of two reasons: the cost to get those products on the shelf are high OR there are enough people out there who will pay those prices for the product. Though in some cases, costs are high and few will buy it, yet the product sticks around as a marketing tool to help with sales of lower-end products.

    The great thing is that if you consider a product overpriced, you don't have to buy it. If you do anyway, you're doing your part to help make sure it stays overpriced.

    I, personally, have a disease and will do silly things like pay four figures for a frame, or pay more for a set of brakes than my last mountain bike cost, or ... lust trumps value way to often in my biking world... which is okay 'cause there are plenty of reasonably priced products out there that will get the job done just fine for those w/o the disease or means.

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    CamelBak bladder: $30
    Crank Bros. headsets

    Also, I don't understand how a carbon saddle with thin leather padding can cost $150, while the same model without any covering at all will cost nearly twice as much.

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    some tires...the ones I use cost more than my 70,000 mile car tires!

    seatposts...a decent one is $50 on up for a relatively small tube with hardly any shaping until the clamp. c'mon.

    saddles, as mentioned above

    Roof racks (lookin at you Thule!)

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    Thomson seatposts. ANY bike over $1000 or wheelset over $300.HID bike lights and a lot of the LED bike lights.

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    Shimano master pins.

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    The reason bike parts are so high is because of SPECULATORS!!!

    325.00 for a front or rear brake is ridiculous.

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    Anything thats has Cannondale on it

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    I dunno. I guess I think that bike parts are cheap compared to what I used to do. Drag Racing. I had over $17,000 in parts for my race car, and it wasn't even running.

    But I do agree that the $130 for headsets or $1000 for a wheel set is retarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypher32x
    The reason bike parts are so high is because of SPECULATORS!!!

    325.00 for a front or rear brake is ridiculous.
    No! The short sellers are to blame!

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    But sheesh, those jersey's even make the manequin look HOT!
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    well I didn't read all this BUT everything is over-priced -- really noticable in the bike and fast food arenas as late.i think gloves are terribly over priced--if I had to pick just one item, that would be the thing.

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    Disc brake pads. I can a get a set of 4 disc brake pads for my truck for about half of what pads cost for one wheel on one of my bikes.

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    GREASE!!!!!! It's amazing the price of "water-proof" grease for bikes. I bought some grease for a boat trailer's wheel bearings instead and I got more grease for A LOT less. Everything in this sport seems to be expensive. Oil for bike chains. Pedros, Park, all of them. You can buy a gallon of chainsaw chain oil for 5 bucks anywhere. You get a few ounces for 5 dollars if it's bike specific. There's also special tools for everything. Speaking of special tools park tools are WAY too expensive. I can buy an entire set that has a life time warranty and have 2 bucks left over instead of buying 1 park allen wrench. There's so many things it's just obsurd.
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