Monday, 10 November 2014

The cheapest Carbon Fibre bike to date.

Just how cheap can a Carbon fibre bike be sold for new?  The advert below is currently on Argos see (the stack it high shop not the venerable Bristol frame builders).  OK there is a discount but I would imagine that they are still making a profit at £500 sale price.  This post goes back to the previous post of Bike Economics which highlighted the trend for bike manufacturers to make bikes that 'tick boxes' (light frame, STI gears, dual pivot brakes etc) at a specific price.  The quality is secondary as the price is pitched at what is affordable.  It's almost worth buying one to find out just how rubbish it is. The joke is that you could buy this bike for £500 then take it apart and sell the bits as new for accumulatively more on Ebay.  Wheels £70,  frame £150 shifters £70, then there the brakes, cranks, cassette, saddle etc. it all mounts up.  I have included the specification below which is directly from the argos site.  This shows that the bike has 'rigid suspension' which is a baffling term to put in a specification.   To me it has 'no suspension'  and I suppose it also has 'no engine', 'no electric windows and definitely no powered steering!   


This Ventura aims to give its rider a blend of comfort and performance by bringing together the high performance aspects of a lightweight Carbon Race Bike and the design features of an all-day rider.
  • Carbon fibre frame.
  • 18 gears with Shimano shifters.
  • Shimano gears.
  • Shimano Sora rear derailleur.
  • Front calliper and rear calliper brakes.
  • Rigid suspension.
  • Carbon fibre forks.
  • Weight fully assembled 8.82kg.
  • 23 inch frame size.
  • 27 inch wheel size.
  • 24 to 29 inch inside leg measurements.
  • Kenda tyres.
  • Shimano R500 rims.
  • Quick-release front wheel.
  • Minimal assembly.
  • EAN: 3324525.

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