What Makes a Bike “Expensive”?

If you have been on the prowl for cruisers or e bikes for sale, you may be shocked at some of the stickers you’ve seen, especially on the newest releases in the cycling world. Some bikes are comparable in dollar amount to a small used car, and the trend does not seem like it is hitting the brakes any time soon. Why do some bikes cost so much? Let’s look at the reasons behind the price tags and what makes a bike expensive.

What makes bikes so expensive - electric bike

Special Materials

You may have noticed that the less a bike weighs, the more expensive it is. Steel bikes used to be the norm, but they could be heavy and cumbersome. Aluminum, which can make for a sometimes-uncomfortable ride gave way to newer materials, such as titanium and carbon fiber. Ti and carbon are incredibly lightweight, but they do require more skill and accuracy to work with.

Research and Development

Better, more advanced materials can only go so far without engineering and innovation to improve design. Working with carbon fiber, for instance, takes a lot of precision, making it more labor-intensive than a mass-produced bike you find in a national sporting goods store. Light-weight materials and better performance are products of science and creativity combined, and that level of expertise is not without its fee.

A Hot Market

Bike manufacturers did not just suddenly start using different materials. Cycling can be equipment-heavy, and demand is what drives the market. That is why you can find a new electric bike for women or men released annually. People are eager to snatch up the latest, greatest design in biking products, and they are willing to pay big bucks for the privilege.

What makes bikes so expensive - electric bike

Customization

High-end cycles, such as an e- or fat tire bike, are a bit like luxury vehicles; they can be customized for each buyer’s wants and needs. If you want a top-of-the-line new model with added safety features or smart technology, it is going to cost more than a basic beach cruiser that you buy off the floor. Sometimes, that customization can be worth the extra money, especially if you ride competitively or professionally. In addition, it takes more labor to customize a bike, that that time to produce your personalized beauty also comes at a price.

The Bottom Line

Before you buy a new bike, consider these factors that drive up the expense and see if they are worth it to you. If you are a beginner, you may not get the value of these trendy materials or custom designs. A good strategy is to buy from a local shop that carries top brands and makes repairs. Not only are you supporting a community business, but you can also score a mid-tier bike or discontinued model at impressive savings. Changes from year to year on some cycles may not be significant, and you may do just as well with last year’s offering. As you gain experience, you may even want several bikes for different activities, from mountain or dirt biking to urban e-biking. The more cycles you have, the farther you may have to stretch your budget to get everything you plan to use.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

rachel bustin


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