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Does this install cost seem right?(13 posts)

Does this install cost seem right?jtkirk15
Aug 8, 2002 8:31 AM
I recently purchased an EC70 carbon fork, headset and stem to go on my Bianchi Campione. I called my LBS and they quoted me a price of $60 for the install and another shop said $70. Does this seem high? I'm fairly new to cycling and I don't know what things "should" cost. I have a friend who is a former mechanic so I may just have him do it. Any thoughts?
Nashbar isn't having any trouble selling those, are they...TJeanloz
Aug 8, 2002 8:38 AM
~$60-$70 seems to be the high end of reasonable, depending on what actually has to be done. It sounds like a threaded to threadless conversion, so I'd break it out something like this:

Removal of old stuff (including pounding out old HS cups): $5; $15 if the stem doesn't have a removable faceplate, which I don't believe the Campione does.

Press in new headset: $30
Cut fork: $15
Reinstall bars/tape, adjust headset, etc.: $15

The presence or lack of a removable faceplate either makes this job a snap or really makes it pretty tough. Typically, shops set their labor rates somewhere in between snap and tough; so I think it's fair.
re: Does this install cost seem right?jtlmd
Aug 8, 2002 8:38 AM
Last month I had a new suspension fork, stem, headset and front brake installed for a $25 labor charge at a LBS. They quoted me $35 but only charged $25 on the bill. Maybe they are charging you more because you didn't buy the parts from them.
re: Does this install cost seem right?jtkirk15
Aug 8, 2002 8:55 AM
I don't know, they said it was their labor rate for that type of work. If I had bought the stuff from them there is no way I could have gotten the EC70 fork, 3T Forgie stem and Cane Creek S-2 headset for under $200. I spoke with my friend and he said he can easily do it for me. We just have to wait for one of his tools to be shipped from home. I hate having to wait but oh well!
My recommendation...Matno
Aug 8, 2002 9:12 AM
Always go with the friend (assuming you trust him). That way, you not only save money, you can also learn how to do it yourself next time. Bike wrenching is not complicated. Plus it's fun. Sorry you have to wait though...
re: Does this install cost seem right?bcm119
Aug 8, 2002 9:16 AM
I just had a new fork, headset and stem installed. I didn't buy any of the parts from the shop, it was a threaded to threadless conversion, and he re-faced my frame, all for $20. $60 seems pretty crazy.
re: Does this install cost seem right?Joshua
Aug 8, 2002 9:20 AM
I have what I consider a good relationship with my LBS, I bought my bike from them but occasionally mail order parts. When I got my CF fork from pricepoint he charged me only 25.00 for the cut install and extra spacer. But with the money you saved buying from nashbar you should be able to easily afford the installation.
You always should consider...phlegm
Aug 8, 2002 10:00 AM
You said you called them. Without looking at what needs to be done, they may over quote. I had someone quote me $12 labor once to fix a broken spoke after previously having a spoke fixed there for $6 labor. When I took my wheel in (without the tube and tire), I found out that $12 is what they typically charge because people bring their whole bike in.
That sounds like a fair price to me.Spoke Wrench
Aug 8, 2002 10:04 AM
Those guys who did it for $20.00 or $30.00. They don't own the shop do they?
That sounds like a fair price to me.bcm119
Aug 8, 2002 10:12 AM
No, the kid that helped me was the only one left at the shop for about 5 days, everyone else was at Nationals in Nashville or wherever it was.
Kind of on the high end, $60-70 is average full assembly cost0_Kewl
Aug 8, 2002 12:53 PM
$60-$70 is kind of high to me, 70-75 is about the average cost for full bike assembly. Keep calling different shops and haggling. Ask them questions that make them justify the cost. Ask something like this "Man $60-70 is kinda high to install a fork,headset, and stem; when most full assemblies cost round $70-75." you can also use something like "Can't it be considered since these 3 part are intertwined, that they can be considered a bike section"

Or if your friend is passionate about his bikes, then have him do it for you.
where do you live?yeah right
Aug 8, 2002 12:57 PM
I don't know any shop around me that'll do a complete assembly for less than 100 to 150 (at least that are decent).
where do you live?jtkirk15
Aug 8, 2002 2:24 PM
I live just outside DC so that my be a contributing factor. My friend has all the tools and he was a mechanic for several years so I'll let him go for it. I'd rather pay a friend with beer then give cash to the LBS (no offense to LBS owner/workers).