Monday, August 02, 2010
Velo-Orange has some really interesting parts and can be a great place to find unique new parts for a bike thats being restored.
I've bought a number of parts from them in the past for various builds, and even put their square taper BB on my Cervelo P3 triathlon/time trial bike.
With that said, their prices and products can be ridiculous. Take this centerpull brake for example (image above): link $150 for a pair? This looks identical (as I'm sure it's supposed to) to a Mafac Racer brake. This is all well and good (this isnt a rant on copyright infringement) but $150??
This set of Mafac Racers just sold on eBay for $30 shipped.
These brakes sell all the time on eBay and at your local bike co-op. While Paul components may have started the trend of tweaking a tested design (of another Mafac brake) and tripling the price, at least Paul improved upon the design in a major way allowing for more adjustment.
I understand that having parts made and importing them can be an expensive process, but why recreate parts that are easily accessible and thus not too expensive?
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