Bargain buys thread

oliosky

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Bought a couple of sets of these to try. Mainly for the teal colour for Quinn’s bike.
Really impressed so far. Big platform, grippy, spin smooth, reasonably thin. Feel as good as other composites I’ve paid 2-3x as much for. Better than some. 400g the pair is about 50g heavier than some, but feel super solid.
Good colour choice if you’re into that. I got black.
$23 plus a bit of post.
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/223957471411
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Bought some. Thanks for the heads up.
All about those yum-cha catalog parts. Been running the same $15 ebay upper chain guide accross multiple bikes for years.
 

moorey

I'm full, couldn't eat another dick
Bought some. Thanks for the heads up.
All about those yum-cha catalog parts. Been running the same $15 ebay upper chain guide accross multiple bikes for years.
Same. I save a few dollars where I can on certain items....but won’t compromise on other things. While pedals are a pretty critical item, these certainly aren’t going to snap off during general duties. As I’ve said, on my race enduro and DH bikes, I only run tried and tested pedals.
Same with guides. Top guides for ISCG old, there’s few options aside from the eBay options.
 

yuley95

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I had no idea about the Seth thing. @Boom King clued me up. What would Seth say about RF Aeffect and PNW (5” version) selling the same exact post as BrandX/TransX, but doubling the price. I fitted the Aeffect for a mate. Identical down to the instruction book, with a change to the brand name.
Which PNW post is a BrandX? I thought they made their own stuff. Notices the Raceface re-branding in a review once. Even the remote was exactly the same
 

moorey

I'm full, couldn't eat another dick
Which PNW post is a BrandX? I thought they made their own stuff. Notices the Raceface re-branding in a review once. Even the remote was exactly the same
Only one of the 5" models, can't remember if the internal or external. @Hipstar bought one, and noticed it, having also just purchased a Brand/TransX.(pretty sure external, for his Five)This was 12-18 months ago, might not be a thing any more.
I like PNW, and yes, they do seem to make a selling point out of manufacturing their product.

RF was exact in every way. Box, instructions, components.....just rebranded and doubled in price. I am led to believe that a few of the RF lower end items are generic rebranded items.
 

Daniel Hale

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Thoughts on this? This may scratch the steel hardtail itch that I have....
I reckon I could talk them under $3k
not sure on that, already a decent discount, hot, but the purple colour is hotter, earlier torrent is the 1 bike i regret selling, still faster on the descents on it than a couple duallies
 

komdotkom

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I've already got a purple Norco Optic, people will start talking if I have two purple bikes. Also the purple one has a poxy fork on it, it's only $700 more for actual brakes and a decent fork, works for me.
I'll go full lebo and offer them cash now best price fucking
 

slowmick

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@komdotkom - have you seen this? I agree it looks awesome. Just may not be the swiss army knife of hardtails.

That said the reviewers like the honzo and this guy is not so keen.

Can't please all people I guess.
 

droenn

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If you've got an Optic as an allrounder, why not go hardcore on the hardtail though? :)

Obligatory "have a look at the new Cotic BFe" comment...
 

frenchman

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@komdotkom - have you seen this? I agree it looks awesome. Just may not be the swiss army knife of hardtails.

That said the reviewers like the honzo and this guy is not so keen.

Can't please all people I guess.
To be fair, the u - toob Honzo guy is a fucking punter. Didn’t Fearon win an enduro race on one?
 

komdotkom

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Yeah I had a look at the Pink Bike review when it came out, seemed ok but a bit slow up hills due to the weight. I'll upgrade the wheels immediately which will help things, so it might be 12-13kg.
There's not much around in the interesting hardtail market without dropping serious money. I'm a huge exponent of the false economy of purchasing a less than ideal bike then spending more than what your paid for it on upgrades, feels like you're doing the right thing.... For something that's just a purchase on a whim I can justify $4k all up, after that I would really have to want it before I shelled out the cash.

I really wanted a Nordest Bardino Ti (or even steel) but now they are direct to customer and that doesn't really appeal to me, if it cracks I want someone to get angry with in Australia. I would also love a Lynskey Pro 29 but the exchange rate has fucked that idea. I've looked at the Commencal but the spec is shit for the money, so is the Honzo DL and I can't bring myself to get a Santa Cruz.
Suggestions welcome!
 
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