Focus 2009 Bikes @ Wiggle

Tyke_Bike
Tyke_Bike Posts: 3
edited October 2008 in Workshop
Just spotted that Wiggle have put up the Focus 2009 bikes on their website. Seems they have managed to leap out of the amazing value category by dropping the spec down but keeping the prices the same or more, with the base level Cayo specced with 105 and Shimano RS20 wheels, and the Ultegra spec (with aksium) now costing £1500. Shame, given that you can't 'try before you buy', and they were on the list of possibles for my new bike.

Oh well off to Planet-X....

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  • bazbadger
    bazbadger Posts: 553
    That's why Wiggle introduced the Kiron Scandium as they knew the price of the Cayo would be going up and they did not want to move out of the key £1000 price point.

    I suppose a key question would be is how the Kiron compares to the 2008 Cayo Ultegra for the same price?

    :roll: ok, just checked out the wiggle site and they have a Cayo for £1000 with 105, so perhaps I should have been less sceptical !!
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  • markos1963
    markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    I also notice that the once excellent value Variado range has been downgraded as well. It seems that the trickle down effect of better quality equipment into value bikes has come to an end. Lets hope that the manufacturers haven't tried to squeeze more profit out of the market because they see a boom in bike sales as an opportunity to fleece the market.
  • schilbach
    schilbach Posts: 101
    the Focus Cayo Lightweight looks well tasty!

    Was hoping to use my Cycle to work to get a 2009 Cayo, like I did last year. But if I do it will be a downgrade! :cry::cry:

    Maybe I could get 2009 cayo and sell it and buy some Lightweight wheels for my 2008 Cayo!!


    ...although you can get Ultegra on the Culebro for a grand - wonder how the frame weight compares to the Cayo?
  • N4PALM
    N4PALM Posts: 240
    It was to be expected. They've made a name for themselves and entered the big time now with them supplying a Pro team.

    In Europe they were always more expensive than in the UK. Same bikes were equipped with lower groupsets. So now the UK it would seem, is on the same terms as Europe.

    On the upside at this moment your choice of Focus bikes is huge!
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Guy at the LBS was saying that all of their 2009 models are going up in price - so maybe that Focus are trying to get around it by downgrading slightly.
  • Jez mon
    Jez mon Posts: 3,809
    They look OK value for money, considering pretty much all other bike brands seem to be increasing prices as well. TBF, their old top of the range bike with the LW wheels was always a steal, and the Focus Cayo Lightweight still looks OK VFM, considering you now get the top of the range, super stiff Dura Ace Crankset with it.
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  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    mmm you will find that ALL 2009 bikes are down graded or have gone up in cost by between 10-15%

    most of the parts makers put prices up 3-4 months back on 2008 stock so many bikes are down speced for 2009.
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  • nicklouse wrote:
    mmm you will find that ALL 2009 bikes are down graded or have gone up in cost by between 10-15%

    most of the parts makers put prices up 3-4 months back on 2008 stock so many bikes are down speced for 2009.

    You are right - Specialized appear to be doing the same on their 2009 models. Just my luck - was doing my research to buy a decent bike when I return from somewhere hot and sandy (and can't try one or order one before then) and now I'll have to re-judge what I can afford. :cry:

    Its a shame - as they were so recommended, but this always came with the caveat that you couldn't try them first. I wonder whether, now they look less great value, they will sell as well as before?
  • meagain
    meagain Posts: 2,331
    Termed inflation as I recall! Ah for the happy days of >20% p.a. and erratic shortages of basic commodities and petrol coupons and 15% mortgage rates...
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  • gabriel959
    gabriel959 Posts: 4,227
    Tyke_Bike wrote:
    nicklouse wrote:
    mmm you will find that ALL 2009 bikes are down graded or have gone up in cost by between 10-15%

    most of the parts makers put prices up 3-4 months back on 2008 stock so many bikes are down speced for 2009.

    You are right - Specialized appear to be doing the same on their 2009 models. Just my luck - was doing my research to buy a decent bike when I return from somewhere hot and sandy (and can't try one or order one before then) and now I'll have to re-judge what I can afford. :cry:

    Its a shame - as they were so recommended, but this always came with the caveat that you couldn't try them first. I wonder whether, now they look less great value, they will sell as well as before?

    Less value compared to last year, of course! Against this years bikes I don't think so. Also manufacturers are not going to take a hit for the pound being such an erratic currency right now.
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  • NWLondoner
    NWLondoner Posts: 2,047
    I wonder if this bike becomes available as well http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/-_-/5360037589/
  • NWLondoner
    NWLondoner Posts: 2,047
    2009 does seem to be a bad year to buy a bike compared to 2008.

    Are the Mavic wheelsets any good?

    I do have my heart set on a Campag set-up/wheelset or is this just snobbery??