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Old 03-16-14, 10:09 AM   #1
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ralpha rant

yes, it is overpriced; but now it is getting silly. Just a couple of weeks ago there was an about 15 to 20% price hike across the range. And downgrading in sizing options... For example, all rapha caps now come in one size only.... So price increase = less sizing options. What gives? Me thinks their success has gone to their heads a little.
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if you want your rant to have credibility, double check your spelling before you post...

i personally am a fan of some ralpha items

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Old 03-16-14, 10:18 AM   #3
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buy Rapha not Ralpha

yes it's expensive
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Darn that Ralph!
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if you want your rant to have credibility, double check your spelling before you post...
If you want to earn your status of the arbiter of what is or what isn't credible on a cycling forum, try double checking before criticizing. It was a reference to cyclocosm, his rants on rapha and his new ralph t-shirt, he's wearing one here: http://http://cyclocosm.com/2014/02/...february-2014/ -- its a spoof of the regular rapha t-shirts: get it? ;-)
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If you want to earn your status of the arbiter of what is or what isn't credible on a cycling forum, try double checking before criticizing. It was a reference to cyclocosm, his rants on rapha and his new ralph t-shirt, he's wearing one here: http://http://cyclocosm.com/2014/02/...february-2014/ -- its a spoof of the regular rapha t-shirts: get it? ;-)
That link is dead.

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meh, its expensive, but so far, worth it. best bibs ive ever owned.
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Their Stuff is quality. If you dont want to spend the money on it, there are plenty of other options. Increase in price is always hard to swallow, no matter what price point or product. Thats retail though. Its a premium brand with a specific image, it's gonna have a premium price. It is the ferrari, red bull or any other premium brand of cycling gear. People that want it will pay for it. People that are on the fence will find other options.
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yes, it is overpriced; but now it is getting silly. Just a couple of weeks ago there was an about 15 to 20% price hike across the range. And downgrading in sizing options... For example, all rapha caps now come in one size only.... So price increase = less sizing options. What gives? Me thinks their success has gone to their heads a little.
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If you want to earn your status of the arbiter of what is or what isn't credible on a cycling forum, try double checking before criticizing. It was a reference to cyclocosm, his rants on rapha and his new ralph t-shirt, he's wearing one here: http://http://cyclocosm.com/2014/02/...february-2014/ -- its a spoof of the regular rapha t-shirts: get it? ;-)
You're right of course...I forgot that since I'm a interwebz interlocutor, I'm supposed to read your mind through the ether about what you're referencing...my badz...
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I don't always rant about rapha, but when I do, it's pointless and contains random references no one has heard of.
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yes, it is overpriced; but now it is getting silly. Just a couple of weeks ago there was an about 15 to 20% price hike across the range. And downgrading in sizing options... For example, all rapha caps now come in one size only.... So price increase = less sizing options. What gives? Me thinks their success has gone to their heads a little.
the world is full of suckers like you, who line up to buy there lifestyle crap, that's what gives.
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i don't even know a Ralph or what rapha, or ralpha is...

edit: or cyclocosm.
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That link is dead.

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try cyclocosm.com I think its in the first "the week in bikes" for February. You can even buy the ralpha t-shirt. And its a brilliant site.
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the world is full of suckers like you, who line up to buy there lifestyle crap, that's what gives.
My god, the Lancefanboy turned Kimmage supporter is still alive. Nice turnaround there mate
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yes, it is overpriced; but now it is getting silly. Just a couple of weeks ago there was an about 15 to 20% price hike across the range. And downgrading in sizing options... For example, all rapha caps now come in one size only.... So price increase = less sizing options. What gives? Me thinks their success has gone to their heads a little.
Silly? If you had a business wouldn't you sell your product for the most you could getaway with.
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My god, the Lancefanboy turned Kimmage supporter is still alive. Nice turnaround there mate
no clue what you're talking about frédéric.
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So, yeah, I'm bored enough to check the Wayback Machine. Changes since 9/2013:

Lightweight Jersey = same
Team Sky Pro Jersey = same
Long-Sleeve Pro Team Jersey = increase by $15 (now $245)
Classic Bib Shorts = increase by $15 (now $235)
Team Sky Replica Bib Shorts = same
Team Sky Pro Bib Shorts = increase by $30 (now $290)
Merino hat = same

The cycling caps are the same price, but now one-size-fits-all. Like... pretty much every other cycling cap I've ever seen. I don't see a loss of sizes with the other products.

It's definitely not an "across the range" increase. Nor are such things so horrendous anyway; the cost of goods goes up a little bit every year.

And if an item is too expensive for you, then don't buy it. Problem Solved.
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spelling aside, Op is a Gucci bag (or any other high end brand) functionally different/better than a no name brand bag for $25? see, "you have money, you buy what you want".

You don't like the price of Rapha/Ralpha/alpha then don't buy it. No one is forcing to you.

Also, you can go on ebay and search for the word "Rapha", based on the numerous listings it would seem the Chinese agree with your sentiments.

I hope this helps.
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Ralpha Lauren.
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Ralpha Lauren.
So now you buy it an outlet mall off the interstate kitty corner to the porn store?
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Wut? Another Rapha is expensive thread??


Meh........
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Pro Team bib shorts are off the charts great !... every time I try something else, I'm reminded of that fact.
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spelling aside, Op is a Gucci bag (or any other high end brand) functionally different/better than a no name brand bag for $25? see, "you have money, you buy what you want".

You don't like the price of Rapha/Ralpha/alpha then don't buy it. No one is forcing to you.

Also, you can go on ebay and search for the word "Rapha", based on the numerous listings it would seem the Chinese agree with your sentiments.

I hope this helps.
that's one way of putting it.
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So, yeah, I'm bored enough to check the Wayback Machine. Changes since 9/2013:

Lightweight Jersey = same
Team Sky Pro Jersey = same
Long-Sleeve Pro Team Jersey = increase by $15 (now $245)
Classic Bib Shorts = increase by $15 (now $235)
Team Sky Replica Bib Shorts = same
Team Sky Pro Bib Shorts = increase by $30 (now $290)
Merino hat = same

The cycling caps are the same price, but now one-size-fits-all. Like... pretty much every other cycling cap I've ever seen. I don't see a loss of sizes with the other products.

It's definitely not an "across the range" increase. Nor are such things so horrendous anyway; the cost of goods goes up a little bit every year.

And if an item is too expensive for you, then don't buy it. Problem Solved.
I can outfit myself with Louis Garneau (made in Canada) and have enough left over for...a new 5700 group? lol. Oh wait you didn't put the prices down for a couple of those. Make that a new 6800 group.
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And, OP successfully piled upon.

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