Here's the deal:
Been looking for red anodized rims for a while now. It seems no one makes them anymore.
I've got an all black bike, been riding the same set of Phil hubs/silver Open Pros for about 4 years now.
A few months ago I ordered the Velocitys in red...thinking it would be anodized.
WRONG!! They arrived and they were fugly. FUGLY. This powdercoated orangey-reddish color...completely garish...aesthetic ipecac.
I told the bike shop (Pacific Bikes) that I was definitely NOT interested in the rims...that I thought they'd be anodized not painted... the cats at the shop were cool..no prob; they sold the rims to someone elsealmost immediately.
Fast forward to two days ago...I'm gettin' my bike revamped and I figure it's time to piss, ****, or get off the pot. So I call about ten bike shops in town (San Francisco) and ask if they have any NOS red anodized rims...NADA. I then call Road Rage bicycles and dude says they can order some Mavic CXP33's
I'm stoked that there are still some anodized rims out there but bummed 'cause the sidewalls are machined and that means non-continuity in the wheel color scheme.
Ok, I'm babbling so here's the point:
The guy ordered a PAIR (2) Mavic CXP33's in the red anodized finish.
The price: $260 (!!!!!!!!) (after tax)....
and that's just the rims, folks!
I was kind of in shock and just paid the amount...but the more I think about it the more ****ed up I feel.....
Did I get completely ripped off?
I don't think they do the red anodized finish anymore so maybe that's why they were so expensive...
I'm not rich by any stretch of the imagination and I'm feeling taken advantage of..
Remember, these are ANODIZED Mavic CXP33's.
Does anyone have an opinion or better yet knowledge of how muchthese rims go for?
It seems that $70 is the going rate for a CXP33..so why did I pay twice that?!?
Thanks for your help, its appreciated!