Is it me, or is everything more expensive than a couple of years back?
Case in point,
2008/9 Spesh Allez's - Tiagra / Sora mix 9-speed set up.
2011 - 2300 set-up
Seemingly to get the £500 'basic' set up of 2009, you now have to stump for the £700+ 'sport' version, which still has an inferior rear casette / mech combo (Sora sora)
Ditto with my chosen, admittedly overpriced steed courtesy of the branding:
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Tiagra 2010 - £820 or so (I got mine for £740)
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Tiagra 2011 - £920
Why why why?
I realise inflation is one factor, but surely increased demand should equal better economies of scale.
Also, why a couple of years ago was 9 speed Sora/Tiagra the standard, whilst now we've 'regressed' to 2300 8 speed. Is there something I'm missing here or is 7-speed about to make an appearance?
Seems like profiteering to me!