Today's Wall St. Journal has an article titled "Why Bike Prices Are Shifting Higher". The whole idea is that the aerospace industry is on a roll and buying up all the titanium and carbon. The world is obviously ending.
Quoting two sentences: "Zsolt Rumy, chief executive of St. Louis based Carbon Fiber (sic) maker Zoltek Companies Inc., says he is trying to keep prices lower for bigger customers by raising prices for smaller ones, such as bike and golf club makers, who 15% of his companies business. 'We really jack up the price' for smaller customers, he says."
From now on I'll only buy bikes made of krell metal and structural seaweed.