Sold my Firebird to a mate and have recently purchased a new AM bike (still have the Phoenix - never selling that), the firebird was just a little small for me and a competitors bike was cheaper with a CCDBA and a head angle I actually wanted.
On my mates third ride out on the firebird with me, he managed to smash the rear derailleur off in a rock garden. The derailleur is fine and the chain will need a few new links, the derailleur hanger did it's job and broke.
Only problem is the Australian price for a derailleur hanger is $55 - I have contacted the Pivot distributer and various dealers, what is currently causing this is a brand new XT rear mech costs $3 more on CRC. US price for a hanger is 20, delivery is 40... so not really a viable option.
I am really struggling to see how a small piece of metal costs the same as something as complex as a rear derailleur. I always thought the idea behind a replaceable hanger was it protects the rear mech from damage, pretty useless if it costs the same. Some one in Australia is absolutely flogging the customers wallet.
Mates pondering trying to get one machined locally out of steel - anyone have an idea if this would result in frame/dropout damage on a decent hit to the rear derailleur?
Feels good to rant!
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