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I was looking at buying a new bike from planet x, i live in Sheffield and thought i'd like to buy local.

I've just upgraded my wheels on my current bike (CERO AR30's excellent thanks for asking).

So i decided to email to see if i brought my wheels to the store if they could sell me a bike without wheels and discount the bike a little.

it got a reply

"Unfortunately we cannot sell a complete bike less the wheels due to safety."

is this true? you can buy the frame with out forks that seems pretty dangerous, what if i decided to put my wheels on that frame with out forks, it would make descending a nightmare even with my gatorskins.

mike

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jova54 [677 posts] 4 years ago
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Don't know the answer to your question but it raises an interesting point.

If you buy a bike with a warranty does it become invalid if during the warranty period you replace a major component like wheels, brakes etc.?

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vinnn [40 posts] 4 years ago
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I would imagine that's right.

There are safety regulations that bike retailers have to abide to, same reason why retailers have to attach reflectors, pie plate and a bell to all new bikes. You know, all those things that you take off soon as you get a new bike.  1

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mikecoffee [22 posts] 4 years ago
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Isn't the warranty only really for the frame?

as the rest will be wear and tear?

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Gkam84 [9111 posts] 4 years ago
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I don't know about the safety aspect. But I'm going with this reason.

Retailers set a price for a bike, which is normally less than the sum of its parts (if bought individually)

They don't want to start taking parts off and giving discount's.

It leaves the customer with two choices, buy the bike and do something with the parts they don't want or buy the parts and build the bike they want

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mikecoffee [22 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm fine with the above reason,or should i say i'm fine with the above reason if that what they give me.
But giving me a safety reason just sucks!

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bashthebox [752 posts] 4 years ago
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I'd say they might be pulling your leg with that reason - but as Gkam said, discounting bits of the bike might be annoying for them - they'd then have to sell a wheelset at a discount price too.

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bikerdavecycling [77 posts] 4 years ago
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Just buy it with wheels & sell/keep the set you don't want...

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ilovemytinbred [161 posts] 4 years ago
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That is a silly reason. I bought my Felt without wheels, it included tubs and even tub glue.

I always get good use out of budget wheels. When it is winter and there is grit, salt etc. on the roads have your cheap wheels ready with a pair of gatorskins. It saves me a lot of money.

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mikecoffee [22 posts] 4 years ago
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Yeah but i've got two sets of mavic cxp 22 and my CERO's AR30 i really don't need another pair of budget wheels.

I know i could sell the set i'd get on the bike, but its hassle.

These are also Planet x wheels which they sell, i wasn't expecting full value of the wheels discount.

Hey ho maybe i'll just look at other options.