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Thread: LBS deals vs. Bikes Direct / Nashbar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkel View Post
    Yeah, that's a fraction of a cent more value right there!
    Actually, it's more valuable than that. I felt compelled to repack the hub bearings right out of the box on the Nashbar bike.

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    These days I would have assumed they would be selling cartridge-bearing hubs. Shimano? I would avoid any hubs you have to service if you have a choice.

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    This was a few years back.

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    It's hard to quantify the added value that comes with purchasing a bike from your local shop. First- the bike is assembled, tuned, and test ridden (I charge $70 for that service). Any issues that may have arisen during shipping(bent wheels, damaged fork, etc) have already been addressed. Warranty issues that may pop up down the road are easier to deal with... And of course(depending on the shop), you've earned a bit of respect and gratitude from that shop owner that may be paid back to you above and beyond in the future... I'm part of a new breed of "bike shop"(service oriented, mobile), but purchasing your bike from a local shop still has definite values....

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    Online is the way to go if you're trying to buy a groupset. It's interesting how hard the online discount shops push that one thing, because it's so easy for them to undercut major brands with a quick bullet point, without having to worry at all about what the groupset is attached to.

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    Performance Bike has road bikes with Shimano 105 11-Speed starting at $900, and they have 30% back in store credit(Ending next Monday, Sep 4th), so it's $630 after store credit. Select "Road Bikes", then Drivetrain-->Shimano 105. Here is Fuji website. Scroll down to the bottom and look for "Bike Archive" if you want to see prior years models. Typically Fuji assigns lower model numbers for better spec'ed bikes, so 1.0 is the best. 3.0 is worst. Their store brand is now called "Access". It used to be called "Scattante". They have a fully carbon bike with Shimano 105 for $999, or $700 after store credit. I think this is lower than Nashbar/BD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n18 View Post
    Performance Bike has road bikes with Shimano 105 11-Speed starting at $900, and they have 30% back in store credit(Ending next Monday, Sep 4th), so it's $630 after store credit. Select "Road Bikes", then Drivetrain-->Shimano 105. Here is Fuji website. Scroll down to the bottom and look for "Bike Archive" if you want to see prior years models. Typically Fuji assigns lower model numbers for better spec'ed bikes, so 1.0 is the best. 3.0 is worst. Their store brand is now called "Access". It used to be called "Scattante". They have a fully carbon bike with Shimano 105 for $999, or $700 after store credit. I think this is lower than Nashbar/BD.
    Access is a throwback to the house brand of Supergo stores that Performance bought in ~2002. My first mountain bike full build was an Access frame in 97 or 98. I won a race on that bike and blew up my knee in a crash later that summer. It was a good bike. I was a seasonal NPS employee and saved up for months to blow a crazy 700 dollars on the build. Thanks for bringing back some memories.

    Supergo was legit. They had good prices and great customer service. I was sad to see them bought up, but it probably allowed the owner to retire very comfortably. By then I had some friends in the industry, as they say, and that changed my perspective on bicycle retail and bike shops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomad View Post
    Access is a throwback to the house brand of Supergo stores

    Is Supergo pronounced like Super Go or is it like more Italian like Suuuupergo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    Is Supergo pronounced like Super Go or is it like more Italian like Suuuupergo?
    I have no idea... I actually used to call it super ego, as in the Freudian model of the psyche.

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    I wish every LBS offers members discount. A 10% store credit is not 10% loss to the store. It's more like 4-6% loss. Here is why: Profit margin for a typical bike is 40%. So for a $1,000 Bike, the manufacturer makes $600, and the LBS makes $400. With a 10% store credit, you pay $1,000, and you get back $100 in store credit. You come back later and buy, lets say a seat; for $100. You pay nothing, and the store has to pay $40-$60 for the actual cost of the seat. Generally cheaper items have higher profit margin. So if an LBS offered 10% discount, it's losing more than a store that offers 10% store credit. Also, stores such as Performance Bike play with the numbers of what the original price and sale price are, so for instance, one bike I was looking at actually had a 22% discount rather than 30% off. So members discount are better for customers and LBS alike.

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