I agree with everything you've said. This is probably why Learsport now have a network of agents or specialist cycle shops selling their range, including our good friends at Pegasus. I did all the running around and at the time it was only a pipedream of mine to own a road bike of reasonable quality. I had a limited budget and when Learsport offered a further 20% discount (30%on the hybrid) on their already low prices to BV renewing members, I jumped at the chance and I am extremely happy with both of my bikes. The after sales service I have received has been second to none and I was professionally set up by the bike shop I bought the bikes from.offtheleash wrote:There are other factors to consider, not just components for dollars.
The biggest is sizing and position on the bike. you can shop around for months to save as much cash as possible but if the bike does not fit properly will you ever be truly happy with your purchase???
i agree that brand name is not neccesarily a big issue, however the brands coming from the bigger companies can afford to spend money researching frame geometries and sizing etc.
The more well known brands will also choose to sell only through specialist retail outlets in order to ensure the end user gets a product that is well assembled, is the correct size and is setup to fit the rider.
there are also issues regarding after sales service.
you must remember, the people in the shops are the 'Experts', putting people on bikes is what they do and most of them certainly will not sell a rider a bike that is the wrong size.
This is where you spend your extra $$$$, and it is worth considering.
im already planning on dropping twice as much on a full carbon trek
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