reggiebaseball wrote:Baum is EXACTLY like Rapha, a product whose value is not solely based upon it's own physical merits, but given a significant premium due to the psychological benefits of it's elitist reputation.
Have you ever ridden one?
A few facts. In Australia a Moots CR is essentially the same price as a Baum Romano (+/- a hundred dollars and stem and seatpost). Basically just over $5000 for both, but the Moots comes with the stem and seatpost. I'm not sure how the Cubano and Corretto price against the RSL.
I've ridden a Moots CR, and a Baum Corretto. There is a very tangible difference to the way they ride. It ain't 'psychological'..its a very real and visceral experience. The Moots accelerates like a metal bike. The Corretto accelerates like a carbon bike. Those fancy 'bi-ovalised' chainstays and elaborate tube shaping of the rear triangle on the Baum evidently do something.
I have no doubt that a proportion of Baum's customers are just in it for the conspicuous consumption. But you also have to weigh that against the amount of bikes he's sold to professional riders, champions, amateur racers, bike shop owners, bike mechanics and generally people with a lot of bike knowledge and experience. The frames themselves certainly have a lot of physical merit.
Now, pricing for Baum relative to its competitors in the USA may change the equation somewhat. But in Australia they aren't necessarily priced at 'superbike levels' for 'elitists only'.