I'm a bit amazed at the pricing of some carbon road frames from certain manufacturers. Here is just a sampling, using retail prices listed by Competitive Cyclist, R&A Cycles and Wrench Science:
Bianchi Oltre: $4,999.99
BMC Time Machine TMR01: $5,199.00
BMC Team Machine SLR01: $3,999.00
Cinelli Strato: $3,500.00
Colnago M10S: $4,295.00
Colnago CX-1 Evo: $3,395.95
Colnago C59 Italia: $5,899.95
DeRosa King RS: $6,299.00
Merckx EMX-525: $3,825.00
Parlee Z5i: $4,000.00
Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2: $5,300.00
Ridley Helium SL: $3,694.95
Scott Foil Premium Di2: $3,307.49
Storck Fascenario 0.6: $9,999.00
Storck Aernario: $4,599.00
Storck Fascenario 0.7: $5,750.00
Time Fluidity: $3,600.00
Wilier Zero.7: $4,999.00
Wilier Cento1 SR: $3,999.00
Contrast this with carbon fiber full-suspension mountain bike frames, which arguably require greater development costs due to the rear suspension design. These frames come with a shock, which for the most part should offset the fork being included on the road bikes:
Ellsworth Evolve Carbon: $2,994.95
Ibis Ripley: $2,899.00
Intense Carbine 29: $3,199.00
Intense Spider 29 Comp: $2,899.00
Look 920i: $4,999.00 (this one is a bit of an anomaly)
Niner RIP 9 RDO: $2,899.00
Orbea Occam 29 Carbon: $2,899.00
Pivot Mach 429 Carbon: $2,899.00
Santa Cruz Bronson: $2,899.00
Scott Spark 900: $3,307.49
Turner Czar: $2,995.00
Yeti SB-66 Carbon: $3,199.95
Yeti SB-95 Carbon: $3,200.00
There seems to be a sweet-spot for pricing ($2,900-$3,200) of carbon mountain frames that doesn't exist with road frames. I suspect that the reason the prices are so high on the road bikes comes down to the simple "because they can" reason.
1) Demographics for high-end carbon road bikes tends to be much older and more affluent than carbon fiber mountain bikes, I suspect.
2) There may be more road bike manufacturers doing in-house production like Time and BMC than mountain bike manufacturers, but I don't know. I have no idea who produces Storck frames, for example.
3) Many of the high-end road bike frames are from companies in Europe (Parlee, Crumpton, etc. are exceptions), whereas the high-end mountain bike frames come from companies in the United States. The European companies, in my mind, carry more prestige than the U.S. companies. I think of a Colnago road frame differently than I do a Yeti or Santa Cruz mountain frame, despite the fact that all three companies produce excellent frames. There may be an actual cost (overhead) difference as well, although for the most part, the frames I listed are all from Asia.
4) There seems to be more one-off, special edition type frames in the road world, thus higher price tags (BMC Impec Lamborghini edition, Look 695 flag editions, team colors, etc.).
No conclusions, really, just observations.
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