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    Specialized jacks up price of 2011 bikes

    Check out the website http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/....jsp?scid=1000
    Every high end bike that i've noticed had a significant price jump

    Prices of S-works bikes
    Epic 26 8800 -> 9300
    Epic 29 9400 -> 9900
    SJ FSR 7700 ->8100

    Other SJ FSR's
    Pro carbon 5500 ->5800
    Expert 4400 -> 4700
    Elite 3000 ->3100

    I called specialized and they said it's due to an increase in production cost.
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    Been discussed to death. Months ago. No one cares. People are still lining up to get the higher end bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli
    Been discussed to death. Months ago. No one cares. People are still lining up to get the higher end bikes.
    Months ago? this price update happened TODAY, maybe their was another in the past.

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    Oh, whoops... I guess they decided to screw over a bunch of people that have the expensive bikes on order. I thought you were talking about the first 2010-2011 price increase !

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    Scary stuff!

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    This f'ing blows!! Price of the Camber Pro I've been looking at ordering went up from $2800 to $2900. Lucky my shop already gave me a great written reduced price quote. Hopefully they'll still honor it?!?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJM0031
    This f'ing blows!! Price of the Camber Pro I've been looking at ordering went up from $2800 to $2900. Lucky my shop already gave me a great written reduced price quote. Hopefully they'll sill honor it?!?!?!
    I'm in the same boat, I have prices from my local shop (not written ) Not sure what they'll do when I go to order it and realized their price went up.

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    I have a feeling this wont affect shop prices.

    But I got my Epic Comp Carbon 29er in September... So, I don't really care much either way. :P

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    It is my understanding that the price increase only affects bikes shipped after Feb 14. I have a bike on order and was told that today.

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    there is this thing out there , its called inflation, maybe you heard of it...or as bender(the robot, not the hucker) says, "THINGS COST MORE THEN THEY USED TO"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRIUMPH KID
    It is my understanding that the price increase only affects bikes shipped after Feb 14. I have a bike on order and was told that today.
    Where did you hear this?

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    Blame Taiwan, their currency is doing really well right now so you're gonna see price hikes on everything coming out of there, not just bikes.

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    As crashed mentioned, inflation (check out the strength of the US Dollar!, oh yes it is as weak as p i s s)

    Another way of looking at it, you could get a full custom frame and the best components and build a bike, of which I think would come in far cheaper than the high end Specialized models. Specialized have never been cheap in my opinion... Again only my opinion...
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    try the uk we have been given the rotten end of the stick for years even when it was $2 to the uk £ we were paying the same in pounds as you were in dollars!! S works prices are stupid high this year A 26" epic is 9838 us over here!!!! It been that price since the price releases in the summer!!

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    Going from $9,400 to $9,900 is a 5% increase. If that was a $2,000 bike, it would be up $100.

    If you can afford a $9,000 bike, I'm guessing they figure you will pay 5% more.

    Sweet bike, btw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR2ebike
    I called specialized and they said it's due to an increase in production cost.
    Anything they tell you besides they think they can make more money by charging more is a lie. Companies, like Specialized, will play around with pricing to get as close to the sweet spot, or the profit maximizing price, as possible. If they had information showing they would make more money by charging less per bike and selling more bikes, they would do it in a heartbeat. Apparently, that's not the assumption they're making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwrides
    Going from $9,400 to $9,900 is a 5% increase. If that was a $2,000 bike, it would be up $100.

    If you can afford a $9,000 bike, I'm guessing they figure you will pay 5% more.

    Sweet bike, btw!
    They didn't up the price of stumpy or epic comp models, i haven't/don't look at other models

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR2ebike
    They didn't up the price of stumpy or epic comp models, i haven't/don't look at other models
    Yeah, that was my point. They know they can make more off you because you're at the high end.

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    Pretty lame....perhaps they will start doing pre-season pricing for those that orderd in aug-sept?

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    Enduro Comp went up from $2,900 to $3,000.

    Enduro Expert and EVO went up $300 each.

    Damn.

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    Things Cost More Then They Used To!!!!

    Gas Prices Fluctuate More Wildly Then This, Why Arent You Screaming About That???!!!!

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    If the prices are to high, vote with your feet, in the end any company will listen if the sales drop like a brick...
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    Ah I found a mag from 2004? In the garage lat weekend and the article was saying how expensive the new bikes were 4k for an S-works!! It's all relative I am very luck to have been in a position to buy an S works as it was my dream bike for years and years won't be updating it for a few years though !!

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    still have my 04 S-Works Epic - have now ridden a mile for every dollar it cost when new & the beauty has yet to fade

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedoflife
    Enduro Comp went up from $2,900 to $3,000.

    Enduro Expert and EVO went up $300 each.

    Damn.
    Glad I order my enduro evo a couple of weeks ago. If this bike was close to 5g's I probally would have bought something different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashedupderby
    Things Cost More Then They Used To!!!!

    Gas Prices Fluctuate More Wildly Then This, Why Arent You Screaming About That???!!!!
    Probably not screaming about gas prices because this forum is mostly about mountain bikes, not cars. Just saying!

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    Still, funny how last years models drop 1/4 off in some cases when the new line comes out.. Still "worth" the original price??

    I got a 2010 Enduro Comp with £500 off list (£1999 down to £1499) back in November.

    Now who takes the drop in price there? The supplier or the LBS???

    People arent in business to give stuff away though it would be interesting to find out what margins the shops are on. A £10k bike must be worth a fair bit in profits.

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    My experience is that dealers typically have a 30%-40% margin on the higher end bikes at MSRP before you add dealer costs.
    Before the price hike, a dealer in the US could buy a $9,400 MSRP bike for ~$5800 and lower depending on their overall status with Specialized.

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    Def related to the weakness of the dollar... this is what happens when you run up 14 Trillion worth of debt.

    Look at your grocery bill... are they gouging you too? No its that the dollar is plummeting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlevinson
    Def related to the weakness of the dollar... this is what happens when you run up 14 Trillion worth of debt.
    BINGO

    This is so the problem, take a look at what the US of A owes China now, it is significant.... Go your president with his stimulus packages!
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    Camber Xpert from 2200 to 2400!!! It's more than 9% !!! This is not inflation!!!

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    I hope since I laid down a deposit and got an invoice...I am locked in at the rate I agreed to. I would not appreciate a hundred dollar increase for a frame.

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    good thing I got mine last week...
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    It is what it is, but 5K+ for a bike with a Joy-Tech rear hub? Meh....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JefedelosJefes
    Blame Taiwan, their currency is doing really well right now so you're gonna see price hikes on everything coming out of there, not just bikes.
    That's probably the best answer for these sudden price rises. Specialized is an American bicycle company but all their products are actually made and shipped worldwide from the far east. Specialized does R&D, design, marketing, customer service etc as opposed to the manufacturing which is outsourced. The parts are all bought in under contract from other large companies who actually make the parts in their own factories. A lot of Specialized's products come from Taiwan.

    If you look at articles such as this one about Taiwan's economy then the Taiwanese factories which build the bicycles for Specialized have seen the costs of their raw materials and fuel increase recently. This means it's costing the factories more to make the same bicycles than previously, pushing up "factory gate inflation" (the amount that the factories charge Specialized for their products) .

    http://www.rttnews.com/content/AllEc...SimRec=1&Node=

    At the same time the Taiwan dollar has appreciated against the US dollar making the cost of buying and importing products from Taiwan (by Specialized) more expensive due to a worsening exchange rate. This article explains the implications quite well:

    http://www.taiwaninsights.com/2010/1...mestic-demand/

    It's quite possible that the prices are being increased now in order to maintain Specialized's profit margins against possible future cost increases also. In the UK for example you've got factors such as the recent 2.5% increase in VAT rate to 20%, increases in fuel duty and the upcoming National Insurance rise in April which all increase the costs of doing business. These increase the costs for Specialized but also for the bike shops who sell the bikes. Although a business can claim back the VAT on purchases it automatically means that the price of a bicycle sold in the UK will be 2.5% more expensive than last year due to the increased sales tax.

    Those higher costs need to be covered somehow. Most likely by passing them on to the consumer through increasing retail prices. The alternative is for the business to absorb the costs and make less profit, which most businesses won't do given the choice. It's better to get the shock of a price rise out of the way in one go than have constant price changes throughout the year if possible.
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    I work in the steel building industry and I can tell you guys that the scrap steel market and mills are all going up right now, across the board.
    Anything with a substantial amount of steel/aluminum in it will go up over the next 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    BINGO

    This is so the problem, take a look at what the US of A owes China now, it is significant.... Go your president with his stimulus packages!
    If he didnt do it, we would be much worse off. And remember he walked in to a $hitstorm with an economy in a full on down turn. No body likes the situation but you cant blame him for it.
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    My bike shop said that they weren't told to put this into effect till sometime in February, so go buy now?? Good excuse for the wife/parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emryium
    My bike shop said that they weren't told to put this into effect till sometime in February, so go buy now?? Good excuse for the wife/parents.
    Problem with that is I want to test the bikes before hand(+ 1 other). Considering there's about 8 inches of snow on the ground, I don't think that would yield an accurate test

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR2ebike
    Problem with that is I want to test the bikes before hand(+ 1 other). Considering there's about 8 inches of snow on the ground, I don't think that would yield an accurate test
    You want to be able to test a $5,000+ bike before you buy it? How absurd.

    Just kidding. Maybe you can work out a deal with the shop to guarantee original pricing if you wait.

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    Yeah, working out a deal with your bike shop is the only way. Maybe put the money down now for the price guarantee? I guess my statement only applies to people in the Southwest for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedoflife
    You want to be able to test a $5,000+ bike before you buy it? How absurd. Just kidding.
    I know right but they don't test anything but the basic bikes around here atleast. I guess it gives a decent feel of the geometry, that's about all that is the same.

    The price jump did make me re-think my decision to get an s-works, when the price changed it help put the amount in perspective. However at this point I think i'm going to end up with an epic and look at the epic (26er) line in the US it's either S-works or elite with nothing in between. Then you look at UK and they have the marathon and expert in between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR2ebike
    Problem with that is I want to test the bikes before hand(+ 1 other). Considering there's about 8 inches of snow on the ground, I don't think that would yield an accurate test
    Same boat here. Been considering a 29er Epic for this spring but have never ridden a 29er before, so without a doubt I want to test ride before plopping down 5 grand. We are buried in snow and current temp is 11. (Not that the cold really bothers me but I draw the line for riding at 15 degrees and/or 2+ inches of snow.) So I can't see being able to test ride a 2011 model until after this price increase is in effect.

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    The price increase is in response to the increase in production costs. The prices on specialized.com reflect the manufacturers suggested retail price and may or may not effect the price of the bike that you are waiting for or hoping to soon purchase. You will need to discuss pricing with your Specialized dealer to see if your bike will be effected by the increase or not.
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    OMG, I just checked their site out. Everything has gone up.

    Enduro all models up 300 bucks.

    Demo 8 up 200 bucks

    SX trail frame up 500$ !!!!!

    I was seriously considering building up an sx trail frame, but for the price now(2k$), no way. Looking elsewhere.

    Hm, maybe quantitative easing is working....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert@Specialized
    The price increase is in response to the increase in production costs. The prices on specialized.com reflect the manufacturers suggested retail price and may or may not effect the price of the bike that you are waiting for or hoping to soon purchase. You will need to discuss pricing with your Specialized dealer to see if your bike will be effected by the increase or not.
    So what your really saying is this doesn't change what the dealers pay for the bikes it's just a MSRP jump. At least that's what I got from this

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    My dealer told me when I went to pickup my SXT frame that they new this was going to happen as far back as november. He said it was related to the cost of materials in Taiwan. I am psyched that I got my frame for the old price (and even a little less because the shop doesn't charge full MSRP)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR2ebike
    So what your really saying is this doesn't change what the dealers pay for the bikes it's just a MSRP jump. At least that's what I got from this
    The price increase effects both the MSRP and what the dealers pay for the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by camarosam
    SX trail frame up 500$ !!!!!

    I was seriously considering building up an sx trail frame, but for the price now(2k$), no way. Looking elsewhere...
    Just from my view point, you can get a far better frame for 2K USD than a Speci SX frame....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    Just from my view point, you can get a far better frame for 2K USD than a Speci SX frame....
    Do tell..... Closest I could find was Banshee scythe and transition TR250 ($2500)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammysmc
    Do tell..... Closest I could find was Banshee scythe and transition TR250 ($2500)
    2011 Intense 951, Intense uzzi. Both can be bought for 2200 $

    Giant Faith, Glory. Both for 2k $

    Good bikes to start.

    I like Specialized so don't get me wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammysmc
    Do tell..... Closest I could find was Banshee scythe and transition TR250 ($2500)
    A Nicolai Helius AFR could be had for around 2,300 USD.... The new Turner RFX could be had for around 2,200 USD from what I read... Knolly DT....

    These prices are RRP though...
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    Spec is getting to be very expensive. For $3500 you are still getting a Triad shock and X420SL wheelset. That is just sad. I might need to start looking elsewhere when I look for a new bike later this year. I understand frames might get more expensive, but at least load up the bike with components. I can put together a much better bike for the same money and I'd be paying retail for most of the stuff.

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    My LBS said they could honor the old price plus the "deal" they offered me, which was about 10% if I placed an order before the end of January - and because of the online MSRP rate jump, I don't think they were just jerkin my chain. Anyways, I got a smokin deal on their 2010 Stumpy Expert test bike, which had been taken out only 3X - they had it cleaned up and looks absolutely brand new -sweet deep red color and "test bike" decals peeled right off - paid less than a 2011 comp - I am in bike heaven

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR2ebike
    So what your really saying is this doesn't change what the dealers pay for the bikes it's just a MSRP jump. At least that's what I got from this
    He said, "The price increase is in response to the increase in production costs." In other words, it costs more to make the bike, so they're passing that cost on to the consumer. That's just business.

    Having said that, it does make me think about buying other brands because it brings the cost of a Spec closer to the cost of a DW link bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwrides
    He said, "The price increase is in response to the increase in production costs." In other words, it costs more to make the bike, so they're passing that cost on to the consumer. That's just business..
    Yeah but think about it, I understand the point of increased cost of production and the value of our dollar dropping.

    But after stating that, not by an increase of 200-500 $. Where could production increase that much? No way, not possible.

    In my opinion when the our falling dollar and an increased cost of production the price of bikes are expected to raise, so let me say that.

    But also IMO I think specialized was uncertain about the market, and about the economy and how people would be buying bikes. So they kept the prices low just in case, now they see that bikers are still buying at a high rate so they have nothing to worry about. So now they raised their prices.

    My 2008 enduro sl comp had a list price of $3600. About a couple months ago the 2011 enduro comp listed at $2700 and now is $3000. So prices dropping to 2700 is a deal for a bike with basically the same components.

    If Henry Ford was still alive he would call this BS. The more bikes you produce the less it costs to do so, cause your selling more on the other end.

    How is it that; Intense, Yeti, Transition, Foes, Cove, Devinci to name a few all make their bikes in developed countries with more Gov. red tape, EPA up their ass and all the taxes yet can still build DH bikes between $2500-$2900. Companies who build in Taiwan don't have to worry about any of the high cost issues.

    So any bike coming from Taiwan and is in the price range of these bike companies, those companies are ripping us off. I think Giant is the only one that actually has a low price.

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    Its not about total dollar amount increase, its percentages.
    If a guy with a metal building quote from 3 months ago got it update based on current price increases from the scrap steel market he'd be looking at in the range of 15% price increase on a smaller building, something under $20k total building cost.

    $200-250 increase for a $2k bike wouldn't surprise me honestly but there is a good bit of difference between dealer cost and MSRP and that will absorb allot of that at least for the first quarter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwrides
    Having said that, it does make me think about buying other brands because it brings the cost of a Spec closer to the cost of a DW link bike.
    I would have to agree here. The Ibis offerings look like substantial bargains now compared to what you'd get for a Specialized at a comparable price point (particularly around the $3.5 - 4.5K range and up). Going lower down the scale, the value from big S offerings seems to be slightly more even w/ other brands to me though, even after their price hikes.

    The only clear advantage for me would be the relative plethora of decent Specialized dealers within a 100 mile radius of me and the relationship I've got w/ them at this point. Unfortunately the only LBS's that carry brands outside of the big 4 (Trek, Spec, Giant, Cannondale) do so at a very low volume and have given me a bit of a bad, elitist, "why are you bothering me?" type vibe when I've shopped there.

    Glad I got my Camber Pro last month w/ the previous pricing as the jumping off point. I'm still really happy w/ the value at the price I paid and the bike has worked great for me so far. If I had waited and decided to go w/ one of the more expensive models and trims I had been considering from Specialized, I would probably have expanded the distance I was willing to travel and settled for parking lot test rides on alternative brands/models.

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    American dollar is down, specialized's bicycles come from outside the country?

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    so dumb they are already making so much money

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    Way to resurrect a 6 month old thread.

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