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Author:  Keewee [ Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Rosebikes & discount-bikes any experiences???

Hi
Has anyone ever used either of the above sites??
They both have some bits I want much cheaper than I can get in the UK even after adding vat and delivery & was just wanting to make sure neither were absolute "no go's" before taking the plunge!!!

Cheers, Cary

Author:  Chute55uk [ Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:02 pm ]
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if you mean rose in germany then i know 2 people who have ordered bikes from them with no problems in the uk.
hope that helps

Author:  konacarl [ Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:04 pm ]
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I've had stuff from Rosebikes and they've been fine. Even gave me a complimetary mug and some energy chews!!

Author:  Keewee [ Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:09 pm ]
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That's great thanks guys, always reassuring to get a bit of feedback!!!

Daniel your fork was picked up at 3pm yesterday so should be with you in a couple of days!!!

Cary

Author:  Johnboy [ Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:32 pm ]
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Used both several times, no problems at all.

Author:  Charlieboy28 [ Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:26 pm ]
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Johnboy wrote:
Used both several times, no problems at all.


same here, i do think their prices have increased now they have captured a portion of the market though

Author:  02gf74 [ Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:37 pm ]
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if discount-bikes are the one in Germany, then yes, no probs ordering and receiving stuff (disc brake rotor and 2 inner tubes).

Author:  dbmtb [ Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:04 pm ]
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Only thing about Rose and Discount and Canyon and all the other similar German outfits is that they're another nail in the coffin for your LBS in terms of bike sales.

They're "killing" the mid-range segment in the Danish market.

Your call.

My take is that it's great for guys who can do their own maintenance.

Beginners should stay clear.

Pro shops like me should clap their hands in glee as buyers of these bikes are often unskilled technically to do their own maintenance and because of price categorisation they get hiked 2 steps up the ladder and what you saved on postage you end up paying the (smart) workshop for what would have been for free if you'd bought in a bricks and mortar shop.

Win win for the bike biz if you can see past the "problem" of a webshop punter visiting your shop.

Author:  Charlieboy28 [ Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:03 am ]
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dbmtb wrote:
Only thing about Rose and Discount and Canyon and all the other similar German outfits is that they're another nail in the coffin for your LBS in terms of bike sales.

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You see i used to think this too and every time i bought a discount part i had a pang of guilt, went to my lbs the other week to get some spokes replaced and a wheel trued. i was told that i would have to wait a week for the repair becuase business was booming and they had a backlog.
Usually i get chatting in there for an hour or two and it can be hard to get away, this time they had no time to talk to me.

The bike shop used to sell high end mtb componants and bikes the now shop does its trade in commuter bikes, it sold 3 in the 20 minutes i was there.

A guy came into to have a tube replaced , could not do it himself so £25 for the tube and fitting in total.

I watched people paying silly money for lights i could get on line for a quarter of the price

I even said to the guy that i thought you guys were struggling, he said business is crazy and we will never go to the wall. The majoity of their income is now through repairs ad replacement parts and not through people upgrading.

When i go there i see deore level stuff at the same price as i can get xt and xtr stuff online.

Just because we are clued up about bikes doesnt mean everyone else is, there are massive portions of the population who would never take a spanner to a bike, would not have a clue what part to buy and so rely on their lbs.

then there are all the jobs the average home mechanic cant do, facing, chasing threads, reaming seattubes etc which the LBS does.

My LBS understand that i go online for cheap parts, they do the same for their bikes, but they also know they cant compete with these businesses with low overheads.

A few years back i saw a good few lbs local to me close, those that have weathered the storm are well established and here to stay it seems

Author:  dbmtb [ Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:54 am ]
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I wrote "in terms of bike sales" and it's only certain segments.....

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