Alan O wrote:pwa wrote:£1600 isn't much for something that could last a decade or more. Compare that with what you would spend on a holiday and it seems quite reasonable. If you expect to be living with the bike for a long time spending a bit more makes sense. Upto about two grand. Beyond that it becomes a bit fetishy, with expensive options that don't add much to the ride.
I don't think the length of time something lasts is a good measure of its value - the complexity, the cost of materials and labour, etc, surely make the biggest difference. For example, I've still got some cutlery which belonged to my grandfather and must be at least 60 years old - but I wouldn't pay £1,600 for a spoon.
I wouldn't pay that for a spoon either. But a typical silver spoon is one piece of metal. A bike must have dozens of individual parts, most of which can be had in varying levels of quality. Even the tiniest ball bearings and spoke nipples matter, and if you want them to last it makes sense to pay a bit more. And if something lasts longer, you have more time to get the value out of it. Paying less than what it takes to get well made parts is a false economy.