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rationale for Campy cassette prices?(6 posts)

rationale for Campy cassette prices?DougSloan
Jun 12, 2003 3:18 PM
An all ti Record 10 cassette is going for $260-300 now. You can get the steel/ti for $140-190, and all steel Chorus for $90.

Thing is, the steel/ti comes with 4 ti cogs (largest), and the 11 cog is steel either way. So, you are paying over $100 extra for 4 loose ti cogs. Why in the world would they cost that much extra?

Doug
Things cost what people will pay for themKerry
Jun 12, 2003 5:08 PM
Plus, have you considered what the actual global sales volume might be for this particular component? Pretty darn few units sold I would guess, so you're not talking any major economies of scale in the manufacture. My bike came with a 6/3 cassette, and once I saw how fast the Ti cogs wore out, I have stuck with all steel since (Chorus). I don't see ANY value in Ti cogs, especially given the price.
Maybe they are just bad people...........MR_GRUMPY
Jun 12, 2003 7:08 PM
Just kidding.
I can't think of any reason the the 9 speed steel/Ti Campy cassette should cost any more than the Dura Ace cassette. Same thing for the 9 speed Chorus and the Ultegra cassette.
Why would the 9 speed Campy steel/Ti cassette go for about $100, and the 10 speed go for $160 ?????? Same thing with Chorus.. 9 speed $60....10 speed $90. Makes no sense.
Don't feel bad. When Shimano comes out with their 10 speed group this fall, I'm sure that they will try to out-do Campy, price wise.
dollar vs. yen vs. Euro could explain some? nmDougSloan
Jun 12, 2003 8:03 PM
No rationale. Distributor control, I thinkSpunout
Jun 13, 2003 4:26 AM
In Canada the catalogue price for a Chorus 10 cassette is $240 Cdn. The price from labicicletta.com(they import themselves) is $120.

I have a 13-29 that I've outgrown, so I thought to turn it into an 11-23 with three new parts. Two cogs and an 11 specific lockring will be $140. The 11 cog is $80 cdn!

Why do I not shop at my LBS? Because the distributor has him by the nuts, I can't talk them down at all.

Don't get me started on Record cogsets!
baffles metarwheel
Jun 13, 2003 5:11 AM
This is one reason why I put most of my miles now on my Ultegra bike. With the price of Campy cassettes and chains, I don't like having to replace them 2-3 times a year. What really gets me is the price of the Chorus steel cassette -- $80 at the cheap places and $120 at my LBS. You can buy an Ultegra steel cassette for $40. The Chorus steel cassette costs as much or more as the Dura-Ace, which has several ti cogs.

Although I prefer the function and feel on my Chorus group over Shimano, I really cannot recommend Campy gear for someone with a limited cycling budget. If you ride a lot of miles, you will have to replace a lot of chains and cassettes. The only upside is that it forced me to learn how to change chains and cassettes because I absolutely did not want to spend $200 having it done at the bike shop.