What you lot think ? example xt cassete last year 39.99 now 59.99
RRP on an XT cassette was £39.99 when I last bought one in the UK about 8 years ago. Inflation hasn't been high during that period, but you would expect prices to rise over that time. That they haven't is probably a result of the rising pound/yen exchange rate (look up "carry trade" if you want to know why that is) and that the prices have risen suddenly now is due to the tumbling pound - now back where it was in 1995 against the yen. Commodity prices have been booming too, and although they're back at saner levels now, those costs will still be working their way through the supply chain.
You can still get XT cassettes on eBay UK for £30 buy-it-now - LX (which now has an XT-style spider) and Deore are cheaper still. So tighten your belt and ride Deore, and wish you'd invested in Rohloff when times were good!
HG50 for 12 euros at my favourite mail order shop
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You've never had it so good!
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