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Old 05-19-14, 01:04 PM
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Help me understand this cost differential

All,

I'm brand new so please forgive me if this is a stupid question.

I see that I can buy a Venge frame from Specialized with an MSRP of $3,000.

The Venge 105 has this exact same frame, and for only $100 more I also get it assembled, with seat, handlebars, tape, 105 group set, crank, wheels, tires, tubes, etc, etc, etc. For only $100 more.

The only possible difference I can see is you get to choose your color if you buy the frame itself.

Is there any possible reason you wouldn't buy the whole bike and strip it and save hundreds over buying just the frame? Am I missing something dumb and/or obvious here?
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Old 05-19-14, 02:09 PM
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Old 05-19-14, 03:13 PM
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a custom paint job is expensive -- not hard to spend $1000. Might be worth it to some people. For the rest of us, it's always much cheaper to buy a complete bike. Big S almost surely spends less than $1k on those parts.
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Old 05-19-14, 03:19 PM
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I frequently buy used bikes with a component group I want and strip them to put on a different frame. The bike manufacturer's buy components in bulk so they can get a much better pricing deal than the individual.

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If you were to build a car using car parts from the auto parts place, it'd cost you 8 times what a new car does. I think the same thing is going on there. They're probably really not too interested in selling frames if they have it priced like that. I would bet Surly or someplace that wants to sell frames also would have more realistic pricing.
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Old 05-20-14, 01:08 PM
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For $3K, a hand built frame made in a small shop rather than an import from Asia

with the layers of shipping and handling making up a big chunk of the charges would be an alternate path ..

Yea OEM bulk parts Buys are a lower price , particularly since most-All of them are also from Asian factories
so they just get trucked around the Island.
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Old 05-20-14, 04:28 PM
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The person who buys a $3K frame and then buys individual components to build a custom bike probably doesn't worry about cost. The company can do it and make a very handsome profit. That's why.
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I agree with many of the things already said, but is it in fact the same frame? Many manufacturers make different grades of seemingly identical frames that vary in materials and layup.
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