Looks like the sram geo-block has reached germany.

Discussion in 'General MTB Discussion' started by cramhobart, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. cramhobart

    cramhobart Likes Dirt

    Bike 24, and bike discount will no longer ship sram, rockshox to aus. Bike components will but for how long? In my ideal world Hope will release an 11 speed shifter, derailleur some time in the near future.
     
  2. link1896

    link1896 Eats Squid

    Merlin too

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  3. hifiandmtb

    hifiandmtb King of his castle

    Wasn't there are workaround for this when using CRC?
     
  4. Mr Crudley

    Mr Crudley Likes Bikes and Dirt

    Funny how companies that want a Global presence seemingly love to screw you over when you might go ahead and actually buy globally too. Pity, I had a soft spot for SRAM.

    If I really needed a SRAM goodie then I'd mess around with shipitto and browser proxies but until then it is f^&k you SRAM. Insert your longest and sharpest product sideways up your arse. Long live the competition till they try to pull the same stunt :rant:

    Dear Monza Imports, I won't be buying anything else from you either so you won't win in the end.
     
  5. ctguru

    ctguru Likes Bikes and Dirt

    Yep

    Change location to U.K., add to Wishlist , change location to AUS and add from Wishlist to cart

    Worked 3 weeks ago


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  6. jarrod839

    jarrod839 Banned

    Ring around your LBS the price difference between OS and here really isn't that bad.
    About 30 difference in sram brakes and 40-50 in derailers.
    Suspension is still cheaper by a fair bit OS.
     
  7. stirk

    stirk Wheel size expert

    That's a bad difference.
     
  8. skinnybeans

    skinnybeans Likes Dirt

    Noticed this earlier in the week when looking for new fork. Was tossing up between a lyrik and fox 36.

    Lyrik was cheaper from overseas, but then realised they wouldn't ship it here so got a 36 locally.

    This seems like a really good move to push people over to shimano/fox/hope...


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  9. link1896

    link1896 Eats Squid

    Wondering if I can modify a dt Swiss shimano freehub to take a hope cassette.
     
  10. Nambra

    Nambra Likes Dirt

    For an order less than AUD$1000 I'd agree, but as soon as you exceed $1000 you need to add at least 15% for customs duty and GST; it makes the Aussie stores quite competitive at that point. And if the government makes good on its plan to reduce the GST free threshold to $100 then you'll basically need to factor a 10% premium on virtually everything you buy OS.

    Just had a quick look - a set of Pikes from bike exchange would cost you about AUD$900 delivered based on current Visa exchange rate (1 EU = 1.435572 AUD) and adding 3% currency conversion fee. No duty or GST applicable. That's a pretty good deal isn't it... Buy from CRC though (if the wishlist hack still works) and CRC's delivered value is AUD$1087, to which you need to add 5% duty and 10% GST, total is about $1255 - pushys is cheaper.

    Still pays to shop around I guess, and buy stuff when it's on sale - just look at the price of Cane Creek shocks on mountainbikesdirect at the moment.

    I wonder how these EU/UK/US online stores feel about being told who they can and can't sell stuff to? You'd think that with the sort of trade volume they must do, they could dictate the terms to $RAM rather than be other way around, even if their Australian sales only represented a small percentage of their overall trade.
     
  11. Boom King

    Boom King Wheel size expert

    How does that work?

    Mr CRC: With the utmost respect Mr SRAM, I'll jolly well sell to whomever I please.

    Mr SRAM: No problem at all Mr CRC but I can no longer sell you any product.

    Customers want product, they will buy it from another source. Mr CRC just handpasses his SRAM business to someone else in the European Union.
     
  12. shiny

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  13. hifiandmtb

    hifiandmtb King of his castle

    Well I bought a Monarch RT3 with extra volume spacers from the Germans for $280 delivered to my door.

    Good fucking luck getting close to that sourcing locally.
     
  14. link1896

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  15. Boom King

    Boom King Wheel size expert

    Starbike are still shipping SRAM here.
     
  16. ctguru

    ctguru Likes Bikes and Dirt

    Yeah I got a Bluto shipped for under $400!


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  17. Nambra

    Nambra Likes Dirt

    Think that's a fairly simplistic view BK, but you're probably right; it's not like all those global sellers are going to band together in protest against the restriction. Although, CRC technically won't be in the EU any more; what's the likelihood that SRAM will block CRC from selling to the EU, or block the Germans from selling into the UK in order to look after the UK local distributors? Zero.
     
  18. Boom King

    Boom King Wheel size expert

    I'd say there is every chance. This isn't the result of a SRAM directive purely to placate Monza or Australian retailers. It will be a global policy from SRAM to protect all of its partners in all markets.

    Plenty of manufacturers of all types of consumer goods have done the same. Won't stop grey importing though.
     
  19. slimjim1

    slimjim1 Likes Dirt

    I was pushed over to those brands long before this happened :heh:
     
  20. JTmofo

    JTmofo XC Enthusiast

    Hope - Yes.....
    The other 2 - Not so much....
     

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