al_yrpal wrote: Sweep wrote:
al_yrpal wrote:It seems to me that most bike parts are produced in Asia. Thus European bike part suppliers are buying them from Asia. As they have become more expensive from Europe due to unecessary charges which add no value and this leaves a gap in the market for British suppliers to fill. Hopefully someone will fill it. Admitedly they wont have such a big market here but things will eventually change.
the smaller market will presumably mean more expensive though won't it al?
I wouldn't be counting on the likes of wiggle/chain reaction, big as they are.
I think we can only wait and see. A few EU suppliers seem to have been a little cheaper in the past but Wiggle etc seem to have been untroubled by them.
Rose has been way cheaper for lots of things in my experience al.
Yes wiggle chain reaction have seemed untroubled in that they continued to charge more.
They will be even more untroubled at the moment.
They have also long since freed themselves from the trouble of selling lots of down to earth bits for folk who don't race or follow fashion. I don't think they will be troubling themselves with that in the future, preferring to stick with higher margins on expensive bits. Rose could handle all this as in addition to selling to lots of sensible german and dutch etc folks they sold to a very broad market. I doubt a uk supplier will step in with anything approaching the rose offer - they will have a small uk customer base and will find it difficult to attract foreign customers in europe to say the least.