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LBS clueless?(9 posts)

LBS clueless?briko51
Feb 21, 2003 5:14 PM
Spring is approaching and I'm more than overdue for a new machine to replace my aging Fausto Coppi steel frame. Being that it was a warm day, on my way home from work I stopped at an LBS in NJ to see about Giant TCR composite frames...

I had stopped at this same shop in August inquiring about one. They had no answers about release date, quantities, hell, if they'd even be getting one! They had talked to their Giant rep who couldn't tell them anything...

Sooooo, I figured 6 months later maybe a few TCR purchases have passed thru their shop. Nope, none...They said they would contact their rep again to see what the deal was. Apparently they said composite frames are only awarded to established Giant shops/dealers...

Is this true? On this forum it seems plenty of riders own one...and have been owning them since August. Is this shop pulling my leg or are these frames that hard to get?!?!

Tried searching...but wasn't able to find a direct answer for tcr availability

Thanks
re: LBS clueless?Franchise
Feb 21, 2003 5:16 PM
briko51,

Try calling racycles.com. Talk to Phil. He is a really nice guy, and he will set you up. Right now, a TCR Composite Framset will set you back $1495 plus shipping. They are a great shop to do business with. They should have several colors to choose from as well!

Franchise
Let's get this straight.Kerry
Feb 21, 2003 6:41 PM
Is your shop a Giant dealer or not? You say the reason they can't get your TCR is because the bikes are "only awarded to established Giant shops/dealers" which suggests that your shop is not one. If that's the case, it's no surprise that they can't get you the bike. Try getting a Cannondale from a shop that is not a C'dale dealer. I'm just reading what you stated. If I misunderstood, sorry.
I think he meant...Fez
Feb 21, 2003 7:18 PM
the shop is a Giant dealer, just not an "established" one, whatever that means.

Maybe it means it has low sales volume, so it does not get the privilege of selling the TCR.

Sounds wacky, but I know that when a high demand, low production automobile is introduced, only the high volume dealers get access to the allocations, and the lower volume dealers get effectively shut out. I have no idea if this applies to the new Giant TCR.
Yup, thats what I meantbriko51
Feb 21, 2003 7:28 PM
yeah, thats what I meant...they are a Giant dealer...Giant stickers are plastered all over the shop...and have many Giant mtn bikes in their shop...just no TCR's

Guess I'll have to keep looking around...thanks for the replies :)
Let's get this straight.Ye Olde Balde One
Feb 21, 2003 10:54 PM
You don't have to be a Giant bike dealer to get a frame, frames are considered parts by Giant, so any dealer for parts from them can get the frames.
not sure you're rightFrith
Feb 22, 2003 6:20 AM
Well at least for composite frames. From my experience those frames are still in high demand (at the shop level) and as briko mentioned only the more established dealers get them. I know this because I deal with a particular LBS who are fairly new to the game. They are having a hard time getting hold of the composites. Despite being on the phone to the rep every couple of weeks since they came out. I like their service though and they have garanteed me a good price. I would have already gone to another shop to buy mine if that wasn't the case.
this is why so many cyclists are going to mail order / internetsaraspeed
Feb 23, 2003 9:40 AM
when you combine poor service with high prices and the fact that most bikes are very close in spec and ride - no wonder I see more and more bikes that where purchased onoline
higher volume shops get more of themDougSloan
Feb 23, 2003 10:17 AM
My LBS has sold several dozen of them. They are certainly a high volume shop, at least for around here. I know the owner well for over 23 years, and he told me that some shops might not get any, at least early on in production.

It's a chicken-or-egg thing, but the fact that your shop was clueless might tell you why they weren't selling any.

Doug