How To Know The Time is right to upgrade your mountain bike
In my last post we talked about building up a mountain bike from scratch. It was all about "Why" to do it? Let‘s talk about "when" or the right timing.
If you would ask me when is a good time to build or buy or just upgrade an already great bike, I‘d say, anytime! However timing is not to be overlooked in this field too. I‘d say we are in the best time of year to do it. Most of us suffer from at least one major constrain when it comes to getting it which is the budget, we would all be happy to have in our stable the best of bread bikes of just about any type: dedicated DH race beauty, fierce FR rig, king off trails AM bike, extremely light and sexy XC bike for those all-day epic rides, a cool single speed, a new school SS stallion maybe and the list can go on and on.. Again, for the most this remains in the Santa fantasy Dept. (don‘t mean to say Santa isn‘t real, just the Fantasy dreams of course.)
Realizing budget is the main issue the trick is to get max for min, make each & every dollar spend buy the most. Now is the best timing.
It actually starts towards the end of every year and lasts just about to the beginning of the following year. Every year like a clock work, Bikes & parts manufacturers are quick to announce and release their new models, competition is growing in large numbers and so is the variety of new models and parts. It is the same with every fast moving industry; the great beneficiaries are us, the customers. Sometimes the new model is adding new color or design; other times a minor tech characteristic, does it mean the predecessor from last year is all of a sudden less then excellent? Most cases, NO.
The prices however are dropping like Josh Bender from a 20ft drop to flat. It is anywhere between 20 to even 45 percent!!! Incredible. That means that is you are patient enough you will get to ride your fantasy fork or break system that you could never afford and all of a sudden you can. Add to that the special time in the year with national holidays and the endless efforts dealer make to clear their basements from last year‘s models and you would truly get the greatest opportunity you can ever get all year long. Grab it with both hands, It‘s a great timing!
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