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    Gringo
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    Best Country to Buy a Bike

    Using the US Dollar as the benchmark, where's the best country to buy a bike???

    There are literally hundreds of bike shops in Munich, Germany, and this year bikes have generally sold for the same amount in Euros, or more, than the equivalent US Dollar amount. This generally equates to at least a 50% price increase. It helps a little if you are not a resident in that you can get a 19% VAT refund at the airport, but that is offset by oversized luggage charges.

    Golf club and equipment trading can be even more lucrative.

    I frequent the dealers of Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, Scott, Rocky Mountain and Kona, and slow moving models are slowly being discounted to make room for 2009. To of the dealer/owners I know really well, and they still can't match USD equivalent prices. I don't fault them because the supplier system is really tight here for the name brands. Mail order of off-brands are often maybe 30% cheaper and better overall part mix, but still not much less than buying a name brand from the USA.

    Munich is friggin expensive in General, but I haven't see much difference in the Euro Zone. I'm not as well versed, but even though the UK Pound is stronger against the Dollar, the prices there are lower and go farther than spending your dollar in Euros.

    Good deals to be found in China and Hong Kong, but I haven't taken the time to shop for bike stuff. The best place in the world to buy a premium watch is definitely Hong Kong IMO.

    In Bogota, Colombia and surrounding countries, these name brands are about the same price as in Europe, sometimes higher, in a US Dollar equivalent, and MUCH harder to find and get high end parts. The physical risk of owning one is much higher too...

    So my current vote is the USA based on my experience.

    Other thoughts?

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    Nightriding rules SuperModerator
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    for me it depends in what exactly one looks for (sometimes I get cheaper parts in Costa Rica than here in Germany or the US, but it is true, in general, they are more expensive)....

    in general I agree with you, given the exchange rates etc the most bang per buck can be had in the US.... I don't buy complete bikes anymore though

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    I travel pretty extensively for work and in the end, the US of A is far cheaper than 99.9% of other countries, have looked in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe..... There are for sure some exceptions, for example my Nicolai's were cheaper to buy in Europe...
    The_Lecht_Rocks: whafe - cheeers - may i offer an official apology for the wagon wheeler "dis-belief"

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