Mate, don't start me on NZ pricing ... Suffice to say that I put the blame squarely on the importers - I've been shown enough invoices by bikes shops to know that they're not getting a great margin. It's a shame - you want to support your LBS, but the greedy ******* between them and the manufacturer makes it hard to do in most cases ...
Anyhow ... will put the soap box away before I get in trouble - I made similar comments on the Vorb site based on my experiences in Canada and got fair arseholed by a couple of the self appointed "moderators" there ...
On the topic of the bibs - I've got to talk to the folks at Capital tomorrow (actually about a couple of pairs of Castelli shorts they're getting me) and if you want I can ask about the Giordana's and PM you with what they tell me ...
Thanks Kiwirider. Would appreciate it if you could ask about the Giordana's.
FYI - Here is the cost of shipping ex Competitive Cyclist.
international shipping charges based on an order with non-oversized items:
$1-$99: shipping charge $36
$100-$499.99: shipping charge $38
$500-$999.99: shipping charge $44
$1000 plus: $50
and only US$210.00 for a complete bike.
So if I only purchased 1 bib [$119.00] plus $36.00 postage it would be approx NZ$215.00 landed to my door.
Its a shame I don't need anymore gear at the mo because the postage is based on value rather than weight. Well shoes but I'm really nervous about getting the exact size.
Anyway I'm off to Dubai in 2 weeks to watch the Rugby 7's [freebie trip] and I see there's a good bike shop there [Wolfi's]. Already enquired abt a Storck
. Waiting for some pricing but I don't really need another bike just yet... More interested at the price so I can compare to NZ prices..