fumbi wrote:Why not just get a bike from your LBS? You get to test ride it before you buy. Any question about the bike will (mostly) be answered. And if your nice (and the sales person is nice as well) you can probably get a discount and get some freebies. Any that's just my opinion...
Definitely better to go with LBS in regards to service and possibly warranty, but pricing is simply often not competitive especially for smaller towns. My LBS knocked $90 off the list price of $3000... next dealer is 250km away. I would have loved to give him the business but if I save even $600 (after duty, tax and whatnot), I can get a lot of servicing and adjustments for that. I was lucky, they had the bike there for me to test ride. Would never buy online without test riding somewhere.
So did you actually buy the bike overseas after testing it locally?
Seems a bit cheeky to have the man spend time with you, and buy elsewhere. I see that wiggle is able to get most buyers into the ball park pretty closely with their sizing system.