And the bargains in Taipei are...
Low to middle quality Taiwanese and PRC - made bicycles. I have stopped multiple ladies in not half - bad looking bikes and their purchase price is invariably NT2000-4000, a fraction of the price of premium bikes. The lesson here seems to be two-fold...
1. Popular market bikes are not half the prive of premium. They are 10-20% (not * less*, I mean total, as in 2000 vs. 20000.
2. Fussy people have to be rich. I have noticed this in all luxury products (but not services). Quality comes at a huge premium, presumably because the wealthy price is not a concern.
BTW, it would appear based on quick assessment that middle- class Taiwanese do NOT ride Bromptons and Flamingo N7Xs. I speculate that this is the niche market of upper- middle class and wealthy or bike fanatics who eat gruel and soy milk but insist on the very best two- wheeled transportation.
Last edited by Hermespan; 03-13-14 at 03:37 AM.
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Well, the most well-known and popular Taiwan-based brands - Dahon and Tern - have a very wide price range. Bromptons are an EXTREMELY niche bike in most of Asia. I've seen maybe 2 Bromptons in 3 months here, while riding virtually every other day.
Originally Posted by Hermespan
I'm not sure I'd recognise an N7X though.
If you're talking about the average female riders, my guess is they went for 'looks-first, specs-second', which would arguably impact on the final price of their rides.
They seem to be doing well in Japan and South Korea.
Originally Posted by keyven
I don't undertand why OriBikes doesn't make more effort to sell in Europe/US.
Bromptons are definitely selling well here in Tokyo/Yokohama.