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ijen

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Speed Concept, why?
« on: January 21, 2011, 09:59:19 PM »
Why is this bike SO expensive?

The WSD Speed Concept 7 (mid-range) is $2600 with SRAM Apex and standard wheels. Why are these things priced so high? R&D for a first year bike? TREK name? What?!

I'm in the market for a tri bike, but I can't justify the cost on these. I just don't get it. The one pictured is $5800 with Ultegra.




kuf

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Re: Speed Concept, why?
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2011, 03:28:04 AM »
How else are they gonna pay Lance?
 
seriously... try Giant. I think they had a carbon/ aluminum combo that was reasonable. Or Specialized.
 
Edit: here you go.
Specialized Aluminum $1500
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCProduct.jsp?spid=52910&scid=1001&scname=Road
 
Giant $1700 MSRP. It's aluminum w/ carbon fork. I thought they put more carbon in it in previous years.
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/aeryn/7327/44112/

 
Or you could get a frameset and just use the wheels you have now, or buy the wheels you really want later.  Specialized has a carbon frameset option. I don't know about all the other manufacturers.
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truckstop

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Re: Speed Concept, why?
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2011, 02:38:37 PM »
WHY do they put SIX logos on one side of the bike??

And why do they cost so much when they break so easily. :P

Did you try out the Slice and Orbea?

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Re: Speed Concept, why?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2011, 11:21:53 AM »
Why is this bike SO expensive?

The WSD Speed Concept 7 (mid-range) is $2600 with SRAM Apex and standard wheels. Why are these things priced so high? R&D for a first year bike? TREK name? What?!

Huh?  That's a pretty good price for complete bike using a "near world class" frame.  It's right in the ballpark...for example, the cheapest carbon Transition is $2700, and at higher yaw angles (which a typical triathlete encounters more often) the SC frame is arguably faster.

If you want the Trek but at a slightly less expensive price point, look at the Speed Concept 2 series.  It's the EXACT same frame shapes, just done up in Aluminum instead of carbon.  The WSD model (also with Apex) is just under $2K.

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Re: Speed Concept, why?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2011, 02:58:45 PM »
almost nothing sticking out on that bike.  no brakes, no cables except for a little loop near the front.  No wacky stem interface.  Nada.  that must add up to some wattage savings.


A teammate of mine upgraded from a Fuji TT bike to the speed concept last season.  He was :30 faster on a ten-mile TT the same day.
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Re: Speed Concept, why?
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2011, 03:01:43 PM »
here's what the wind sees:


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Re: Speed Concept, why?
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2011, 03:06:55 PM »
lol, did they do testing at the Bonneville Salt Flats?


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Re: Speed Concept, why?
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2011, 11:48:24 AM »
here's what the wind sees:




If I were about 20# lighter you are right.  Now the wind would see my fat ass.