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What modern cycling products do you think will be highly sought after in the future?

Old 07-28-12, 09:39 PM
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What modern cycling products do you think will be highly sought after in the future?

i was wondering today if any of the modern cycling things i have bought will eventually be worth more than their original value. Which products that you can buy in stores today will be searched and searched for on ebay/craigslist or something like that in the far future? anybody have any thoughts? as i was looking at all my bikes with modern components the one that stuck out to me were these mks pedals


because cycling seems to be moving away from the racing influence and more towards a user friendly perspective, i feel like theres a possibility that these pedals will fetch great prices on ebay in the future (assuming their production is eventually stopped).

i can also forsee velo orange and nitto products being popular "vintage" items as well. what do you guys think?
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Old 07-28-12, 09:53 PM
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American custom frames from the current boom. Maybe after the bubble bursts and these high quality, high dollar boutique steel and ti frames have had 20 years or so to sit unridden in upper middle class suburban garages...
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Old 07-28-12, 09:54 PM
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I'm not so sure that cycling products are moving away from the racing influence, I think that there's just a widening of what's available and there's more niche stuff on the market. Those MKS pedals fit into the niche category and while I'm sure that some folks will be searching them out, they probably still won't be too sought after. Our definition of "vintage" as from '93 and before (or whatever) won't apply to younger generations and the 80's stuff will probably seem quaint but if you didn't grow up with stuff, it probably won't have too much emotional draw. Really, some of the collectible items will be the obvious stuff - NOS or very lightly used Shimano and Campy parts and full groups (I'm sure that SRAM will have a place in there too). Have you looked at the prices for Shimano 9spd shifters (especially 7700)? The 7800 stuff still commands a lot of cash and has a lot of devotees who believe it to be the best stuff ever. 7900 will be the same. Bikes? Not sure, carbon is harder to guess but a lot of the Looks and Colnagos see to have fans. Other than that, I'd guess that a lot of the American custom builders from the hand built "explosion" will be sought after.
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Chains, bearings and cassettes. The other consumables. Tires, cleats, pedals, cables, pulleys.

Things that are not too expensive now, people don't stock up on and wish they had 20 years down the road.
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i wonder how carbon components will hold up
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definitely not used carbon frames
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Dura-Ace 7800 cranksets. The original Shimano buzz-saw - a modern C-Record, of sorts.

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Originally Posted by mapleleafs-13 View Post
definitely not used carbon frames
Intact ones will be sought after

just look at the market for 80s carbon frames
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Unused carbon parts (like Campy) and brifters.
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
Dura-Ace 7800 cranksets. The original Shimano buzz-saw - a modern C-Record, of sorts.

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Originally Posted by mapleleafs-13 View Post
definitely not used carbon frames
Wrong.

There certainly will be sought after CF framesets.

Maybe not by you, but they will likely exist.

Just look at the C40 and C50s from Colnago.

I already know of folks scrounging around for certain examples.
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At my age, who cares?
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Who wouldn't want a 20 year old nos pinarello dogma frameset?
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Hoods. Small parts to replace wear items like hub components, ie. Campy Record cones.
Shimano mechanical brifters. Headset bearing cartridges.
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Who wouldn't want a 20 year old nos pinarello dogma frameset?
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Depends on if the Zombie Apocalypse occurs or not.

I really hate to guess. Right now, globalization has cheapened cycling products-- there's more available from more sources than any other time I can recall. So much depends on factors outside cycling, from wages in China to associated transportation costs.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Chains, bearings and cassettes. The other consumables. Tires, cleats, pedals, cables, pulleys.

Things that are not too expensive now, people don't stock up on and wish they had 20 years down the road.
Unless you can pickle them somehow, I don't really know about tires, but you do make a really good point, repechage.

5-dollar chains and 11-dollar hyperglide freewheels will likely be hard to find.
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Pretty much none (unless you're Richard Sachs)...if you look at the prices on vintage bikes and parts that we consider high, they really haven't increased over their original value, adjusting for inflation. Delta brakes were around $300 new. Confentes, adjusted for inflation, don't go that much higher than they sold for new - and those held value more than pretty much anything. Buying new parts or bikes to collect and sell is a losing proposition. Buying some USED bikes and parts on the other hand...that isn't. Give it 10 years and we'll all be cursing ourselves for passing on those early suspension forks.

Carbon being less durable might help it's long term collector value - there will be less of it.

Repeche's point is dead on - look at the price of a Campy drop bolt. The silly stuff that people USE instead of collecting is likely to have the best resale.
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Stuff well made, reliable, user servicable an not damaged by outgassing/uv degradation. In short, not much
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CO2 cylinders and tire inflators
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I'd guess Dura Ace 7800C cranks

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I'd guess Dura Ace 7800C cranks
True, but weren't these already pricey and collectible at the time that they were "available".

As has been pointed out, most of the items that seem to be way inflated were very expensive in their day.

Certain Mavic parts, certain saddles,...

I think that the investor's best buy is certain less-common items that momentarily take a big dip in price, such as a Mektronic gruppo, perhaps?

8-speed Record rear derailers seem really pricey now, but they were pricey then and the new ones today are similarly pricey!
Same goes for Record Titanium cassettes, hard to find and very pricey, since the top-level consumeables cease to be produced when a newer gruppo is introduced.

Top-level company's products like Chris King, if and as they drop certain items from their catalog, could become precious.

Certain internal parts for Campag brifters have now become extremely rare.

And since Shimano's top-level big chainrings are crazy-expensive now, there won't be a lot of inventory floating around into the future.

I think the best buys will always be the 15-25-yr-old pro-level complete bikes found at garage sales and on Craigslist. That is still the cheapest way to buy rare, expensive parts! (but don't ever forget to ask the seller if they have any extra box of parts to go along with the sale, or it will likely end up in the dump).
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Perhaps the inevitable Campagnolo 75th anniversary gruppo.
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