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Old 10-06-05, 03:12 AM   #1
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Chris King Pretty and Strong Stemcap

Does anyone have a CK Pretty and Strong Stemcap on their bike? I think I might buy one and slap it on my bike.
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Old 10-06-05, 06:13 AM   #2
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Alrighty then. Good luck with that.

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Old 10-06-05, 07:03 AM   #3
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I think it benefits breast cancer research - buy it and support a good cause.
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Old 10-06-05, 06:53 PM   #4
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They are also doing a ltd. edition pink hubset and headset to support breast cancer research. Very worthy cause.
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Excuse my first comment in that case - I was not aware of the support aspect.
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not much suport imo. $2 for a $130 headset. Competitive Cyclist has a better deal going on, $42 for the headset at $150.
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not much suport imo. $2 for a $130 headset. Competitive Cyclist has a better deal going on, $42 for the headset at $150.
Exactly how much do you think Chris King gets? It's a thing called markup. The various distribution networks have a percentage over what they pay that they charge to the retailer and then the retailer has to mark it up on their end to make a profit. That plus the fact that U.S made goods of this quality, following the high labor and environmental standards that they've imposed on themselves doesn't come cheaply.
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I've been told the figure is more like $5 for the headset. Assuming that the $129 USD listed price over at Speedgoat has a 30% markup this means that the the wholesale price is $100 coming from the distributors. I don't know the markup between manufacturer and distributor but will assume it also is 30% (although I suspect it is more along the lines of 50%+). This means that CK is selling the headset for about $77.

If CK is giving $5 on $77 that means 6% of GROSS. The percentage likely doubles on NET but since I don't know how much it costs to make a headset for CK, I will assume it is something like $25. So the $5 donation on $50 profit means 10% donation. Not too shabby.

Bear in mind that I am wildly speculating on the markups and manufacturing costs, but at least it should illustrate waht it means if you read that CK is giving $X dollars per headset.
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Percentages and markups aside, I think it ultimately comes down to one of two things:

1) You want a pink CK component, and the fact that a portion of what you spend goes to breast cancer research is a bonus

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2) You couldn't care less about pink components so you just donate directly to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: www.komen.org
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or you could do both.

i think the cool thing about the pink King components is the awareness aspect. much better than some cheesy "ribbon" pin. i'd donate and buy one, had i the cash.
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i think the cool thing about the pink King components is the awareness aspect. much better than some cheesy "ribbon" pin. i'd donate and buy one, had i the cash.
That's exactly the way I see it. Even if there's only $1 or $2 given per headset, look how we are all discussing that this is for breast cancer research. I have given money about 5 different ways to breast cancer (supported a walker for a walk-a-thon, bought baked goods at a bake sale, bought a pink rubber bracelet, etc.) but the most important part is Awareness and Chris King's gesture has ensured that in a mountain bike forum we actually discuss it and we all state how we support it.

The stats are staggering, I think it's something like 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. I have a wife and two daughters. I don't like to hear stats like that.

Anyway, I'll be getting a pink headset. When I hit the trial and get comments or questions from people about the headset I'll tell them exactly why I got it.
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