1 December 2011 - 9:55New to the Fold
I wanted to quickly address a comment that was left by Andrew on the blog regarding the Spot:
|I remembrer seeing a number of reviews that said the 2011 platinum ox versions were welded right there in CO. Looking at the frame price, I’d be willing to pay a bit more for a frame made in the US (spend local, right?), but if they’re welded oversees, how do they justify a $1400 frame price, when a niner SIR (and a number of other higher end SS frames) are priced at $900-1000? I don’t know. Those dropouts look sweet, and I’ve heard it rides great, but I don’t know if it’s worth a $400-500 surcharge
The Platinum OX frames were indeed US made, but they simply could’t keep production inline with demand. Long story short, they ended up taking production overseas, and upgrading the tubes to Reynolds 853. I myself thought that the $1400 price tag was a bit steep for a foreign frame, despite the intricate dropouts. You could buy a custom Walt Works for just about he same kind of money. It was explained to me that the price was a result of the Kobe drop outs. I certainly gained a bit more sympathy for the price after actually seeing the dropout in person, but the price still seemed high.
As Andrew points out, there are other 853 frames that are much more attractively priced, but after spending some quality time on the Spot, I started to see where the Rocker really stood out amongst the rest. It is specifically designed around the belt drive, and after reading some of the feedback and experiences of others with the belt on the webiverse, I think there are aspects to this frame that justify the higher price. Fortunately, what has happened since I took delivery of the bike, is that there was a pretty decent price reduction in the frame. It went from $1399 to $1199, which positions the bike more appropriately against the competition.
After spending the last couple of weeks riding the Spot, I have decided that this bike, and all of the technology that comes with it, is something that is both awesome, and something that belongs in the B29 stable. It rides like no other bike I have ridden. Over the next few days, I’ll be adding more Spot Brand products to the catalog, including belt drive components. I’ll be offering the complete line up, frames and complete bikes, so if you are interested in getting on a belt drive, I’m the guy to talk to.