Justifying expensive bikes

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby lawman » Tue Oct 16, 2012 13:57 pm

Cat With No Tail wrote:
lawman wrote:but there comes a time when you just have to stand up and say, "You know what, you only get one shot at this, make it a ******* good one".....................but sometimes you just gotta jump off the ledge and see where the trails take you.


You're such a webbo.




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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby bails87 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 14:29 pm

If I win the lottery I might buy a really expensive bike and then not ride it, just to wind stupid people up :lol:

Edit: Not calling you stupid, Tom, and I hope everything's working out for you.
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby RockmonkeySC » Tue Oct 16, 2012 14:40 pm

Myster101 wrote:Could I afford a very expensive bike.......yes.

Could I justify buying it..........no.



Other way around for me. I can't afford an expensive bike but because I race and I tend to break bikes I managed to justify spending £3300 on my DH bike rather than spending £1500 on a budget DH bike then breaking wheels, cranks etc and finding that the I need to get a suspension upgrade costing £1000.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby bails87 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 09:25 am

You could afford it then? Or did you steal it? :lol:
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Scion1 » Sun Oct 28, 2012 22:09 pm

It's all about if a bike makes you think wow every time you think about riding it. I've spent about £2,800 on my bike. (trek fuel). I'm glad I did because I want to ride at every opportunity. I'll say one thing, I've had my bike for almost 10 years and had no problems with any part of it. Maybe it's worth spending a little more.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby mintedox » Sun Oct 28, 2012 22:27 pm

I could justify an expensive bike now, just cant afford one. Saying that though my 1k bike has had a lot less problems than my mates 2k+ bike, and it's done a load more miles.
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby paul.skibum » Mon Oct 29, 2012 05:15 am

I'm saving up to buy a new AM bike partly funded by saving partly by selling my old bikes - I really like the idea of a Blur LTc but when push comes to shove I'll probably end up with something cheaper as 6300 dollars for a bike when I could do with a better car, repairs to my house etc etc then 3k seems a better bet!

I do fancy that LTc though.....
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Julesreece17 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 18:34 pm

I've just bought a Zesty 514 2013 @ £2999. How can i justify it? because its frickin' awesome!!!

Simples...

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby lawman » Tue Oct 30, 2012 17:11 pm

Julesreece17 wrote:I've just bought a Zesty 514 2013 @ £2999. How can i justify it? because its frickin' awesome!!!

Simples...


The new 514 does look rather nice, until it no doubt snaps...

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Plyphon » Tue Oct 30, 2012 17:43 pm

I've not read through the thread so apologies if I tread on ground already covered.

But an iPhone over a 24 month contract pretty much comes in at the same as most mid range bikes.

Especially if you buy it on release and spend 500+ on the thing BEFORE a contract.

And that's arguably the worlds most popular electronic device.

Easily a grand plus spent there every time by millions of people.

Id rather have a Canyon Nerve AL 7.0 for that.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Chunkers1980 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 18:01 pm

Well yes. But you get. 500 quid phone. Data and calls on pay as you go for similar is 15 quid per month. 35 quid per month with 'free' phone is 840 per contract, so actually 500 phone plus the 360 you would have paid on pay as you go make the iPhone a better deal... Obviously things can be different in price but on those figures it is easily justified.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby The Rookie » Tue Oct 30, 2012 21:37 pm

mintedox wrote:I could justify an expensive bike now,

Then you can't justify it...

To Alan Sugar there is no such thing as an expensive bike.....

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby mintedox » Tue Oct 30, 2012 23:13 pm

The Beginner wrote:
mintedox wrote:I could justify an expensive bike now,

Then you can't justify it...

To Alan Sugar there is no such thing as an expensive bike.....


Why not?
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Burnside81 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 08:08 am

I think the OP might have been asking about justifying it to THEMSELVES. I sort of know what he means, whatever budget you have there is always something a few hundred pounds more tempting you. So where do you draw the line?

If people didn't sometimes have a hard time justifying it to themselves then I don't think this thread would have rattled on for so long with so many defensive posts.

For what it's worth my next bike budget is Round £2.5k and my talent is probably worth around an £800 bike! That's how far I've managed to justify stretching my budget to myself. I haven't started on the wife yet!! :lol:

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Julesreece17 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 19:14 pm

Its a valid question without doubt.

Before i got into MTB'ing. i walked into tredz and was astounded that people even contemplate spending thousands on a bike.

But then, i discovered Afan Valley, (literally 15min drive from my house and i had never heard of it) went up there on a £400 Gt Avalanche and loved it!!

Then you start reading about bikes, and start picking up on things, i.e. shimano groupsets, lx, slx, xt etc. Suspension, mmm, fox looks awesome. Ohh, full sus? carbonfibre?? I was like a kid in a sweet shop.

Suddenly i wanted a bike with full xt groupset. i wanted full sus, preferably fox front and rear, then i wanted carbon etc. I ended up buying a Zesty 514.

Is it justified in terms of matching my abilities? Definatley not! Is it justified in terms of, can i afford it, does it have everything i wanted, and would i have felt like i had 'settled' if id have gone for a lesser bike? Then absolutley.

So to me, its justified. To the average man in the street who doesnt know what it is, its just stupid money.

End of the day, more you know, the more you want. the more you want, the more your willing to stretch your budget.

At least, thats all true for me anyway.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby stubs » Wed Oct 31, 2012 20:02 pm

Your happy...............for now :lol: till the upgrade bug bites
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby The Rookie » Wed Oct 31, 2012 21:36 pm

mintedox wrote:
The Beginner wrote:
mintedox wrote:I could justify an expensive bike now,

Then you can't justify it...

To Alan Sugar there is no such thing as an expensive bike.....


Why not?

Well if the price of the most expensive bike is less than 10% of your weekly income it can't be called expensive can it - most of use wouldn't consider a £6o bike expensive.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Northwind » Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:55 pm

Today I'm going to ride my £2000 downhill bike for the 4th time in 4 months. So probably unjustifiable. But fun!
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby bennett_346 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 20:23 pm

Dannyboy95 wrote:This shall be interesting!

Can you really justify buying a bike worth thousands of pounds. I have a TREK and it was worth £575 and that to me is a perfectly good bike hydraulic brakes gear shift smooth so why would I buy a bike worth £1000 more?

To me a £575 is shoot, so that's reason alone to buy a bike worth £1000 more.

Having done the whole cheap bike route myself.

But you asked for opinions so don't come crying to me.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby lawman » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:04 am

Dannyboy95 wrote:This shall be interesting!

Can you really justify buying a bike worth thousands of pounds. I have a TREK and it was worth £575 and that to me is a perfectly good bike hydraulic brakes gear shift smooth so why would I buy a bike worth £1000 more?


My first bike was a claud butler cape wrath, £400, is my Mojo HD 10 times better? Probably yes. Is it worth 4 times as much as as my 456c? Probably not. Do I need to justify either? To me I don't. I worked whilst my friends took trips around the world in our gap year, so blowing £X on a bike that would last for years as opposed to a holiday that lasted a couple of weeks, was an easy choice for me. Not being a huge drinker and having a student loan, budgeting allowed for a new hardtail frame, so again no justification.

I think it mostly depends on your situation, I was in a position to spend that kinda so I did.


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