Bike Stuff.

Another day. Still sick. Maybe worse than yesterday and yesterday I went home a 4pm. That almost never happenes.

I’ll wait another full day and if things dont get better I will go in to see a doc.

Yesterday was another Tuesday nite ride I missed. After declaring this a group ride sponsored by the store its rained and I’ve been sick and have not attended. Next Tuesday the store will fry out a few hamburgers for the others. So I gatta be there.

There is a million things I can write about bikes here. But I try to hold that to a happy medium. Yesterday Sram announced a hydro brake version of eTap. No surprise. I remember I had a eTap group set to deliver in February. When it came I had to pass concentrating my winter funds to pay winter bills. So I just ordered another group back then. Figured it will be spring when it arrives and the store will be selling and I can go ahead and buy it. Well, that second group has not arrives and its slated for mid July.

So my first thought it how the hell can Sram make any money if they can’t sell the product for 5 months. How can it take 5 months? Did they stop making them? Did they make more the 20 of them?

Back in February my distributor told me they got 65 groups. This is a national distributor. 65 to sell to the entire country? Thats nuts! And they have not gotten any more since February?

Well, a majority of those drivelines go to manufactures to install on new bikes. But I gatta believe that they make way more money selling to consumers. Im sure the bike companies beat them down on volume pricing.

I still have that one eTap group set to deliver in July but it’s no longer for me, I’ll sell it and wait for the hydro brakes. I can only imagine how long for that. Most likely before I get a set of those they will come out with something newer again. They can improve an updated driveline before you can even buy the old one. Somewhere someone is not doing their job at Sram. Or doing their job real well.

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Under producing and conservative production numbers are the norm in the bike industry. Its a issue dealers deal with all the time. Many times Trek has introduced a new bike for the next model year, making it available in late August only to sell out in early spring of the model year.

I just ran into this this month with a customer ordering a Trek Procaliber 9.8 only to find the modal and frame size is sold out until next August. I always found it strange that bike manufacturers released the new bikes in August of the year before. But what that does is extend the summer selling season, at the expense of the next spring selling season.

Many times Trek releases the next model up early when they run out. There are some bikes I have on the floor that would be considered 2017. When those sell out, maybe in fall then its the 2018? So Trek has gone away with “model years” and just release the next one up whenever needed and that makes sense.

My Domane would be considered a 2017 on paper. For the next few years all that would change is the color. Which would make me ask what year would a Project bike be? I guess the year it was built. I have a used Project Superfly SL here that could be a 2013 or 2014. It was the same both years.

So thus endith the lesson (or rant) in bike industry production theories.

DLD

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