Thanks for the comments fellas. I thought it might be time to chime in for a bit. It is not always about money or "cheaper" as was said. Things cost what they cost and IF carbon drops cost more then you would see it at the MSRP. When the time is right, you might see carbon drops. Honestly, i'm not looking closely enough at them right now. Keep in mind I am one guy with only one full time helper. We are molding all tubes and stays for this T5 in house to a very high standard. We are testing beyond EN14781 cycle fatigue in order to deliver the very best we can. I am also doing all finishing/painting myself. So you see developments sometimes are not about money as much as time in the schedule.
Things are happening at the correct rate of my choosing based on us achieving the quality and repeatability in production necessary before moving on to the next development.
Pricing comparison to date. $6500 may be out of range or liking for many, this is just fine as we can only build 45-50 units per year and the idea of multi year wait lists is not appealing to me.
Crumpton T5 $6500 full custom, f+f+HS+BB
Photon HL $8500 full custom
Parlee Z0 $7800 semi custom?, $8500 custom
ps, It is most certainly not "cheaper" for a 40-50 unit per year shop to submit multiple samples per year to its in house testing. This is just a small part of my level of commitment to quality. This testbed is just online as of last week.