On many occasions our customers like the look of a standard “factory specification” bike, but would like it to be upgraded in a few places, for example with a super-light set of wheels or maybe by swapping to power cranks or a top level set of race tyres.
If you are thinking about taking a standard “brochure-spec” bike and making a few upgrades the most economical time to do this is when purchasing your new bike, as we can normally offer a trade-in value for the parts being taken off – unless they have no resale value, for example where they are unique to the bike and therefore can’t be re-used or are highly unusual and therefore rarely sold as individual items (in which case you will of course also retain the original parts).
Once you have taken a bike away the costs of upgrading components always increase, as the trade-in value of any parts that you are replacing will often be nil, and there may well be additional workshop time involved in carrying out the swap at a later date.
Please note that many component changes need to be carried out in particular ways to meet warranty requirements of both the components and bike – our technicians are fully versed in the requirements of different manufacturers. So as well as being the lowest cost time to make changes to your bike, you also get the added peace of mind that things will have been installed correctly and in accordance with manufacturer tolerances.
There comes a point of course where the number of components being swapped means that it is more economical and practical to custom build your bike from scratch, which brings us to custom specifications.
Purchasing a new bike can involve a significant investment, so why not consider a full custom build, where every part is specified by you to meet your preferences and needs?
Around 20% of our bikes are fully custom built from a bare frameset, and when compared to heavily modifying standard factory specification bikes the cost is often highly competitive, and on many occasions it will actually be lower – while at the same time giving you exactly what you want.
Custom specifications can either start with a bare frameset, which we can work with you to specify in full, or with a full factory specification bike that we strip down and rebuild for you, for example where the groupset that is fitted to the “donor bike” is not to your liking but the frameset is exactly what you are looking for.
How do I specify my requirements?
If you are able to make an appointment to visit us in person this will of course form a key part of our conversations with you while you are here, but it is definitely not essential to make a visit.
Many of our customers first make contact with us either by phone on 01584 705042, via email or using our contact page, and most product pages also have a further information form where you can send us details of what you need or would like advice on, including options and costs for tailoring a specific model or building a fully custom bike.
Half of all bikes leave us with some sort of personalisation, so please do not feel reluctant to ask anything at all – we enjoy answering queries about customising bikes!