Heck no. These frames cost a few hundred bucks to build.What drives the cost of this bike, is it the amount of labor required to build one?
Right. The price isn't driven by cost, but what they can get some consumers to pay. That's standard marketing strategy: Create a "high-end" version of a product and charge through the nose for it because you know there is a segment of the market that can afford it and will pay it. Those products have the highest profit margin.Heck no. These frames cost a few hundred bucks to build.
You can buy a bike with a custom carbon frame from Crumpton, Parlee, Serotta, etc. for less money, and those are built in the U.S. to the customer's specification.
These bikes from the big bike makers are like putting a Ferrari price on a Yugo and then seeing who is dumb enough to buy one.
By that logic, there are no stupid ways to spend money.I see lots of S-Class Mercedes, 7-series BMWs and Porsche 911s being used as commuters here in Chicago. In the summer, the harbors are flooded with hundreds of million dollar sailboats that millionaires use for about four months out of the year in the lake and dry dock for thousands of dollars a month in the winter. I know men who blow five grand on a single suit. I know lots of women spend a few thousand on a purse. People give money to NPR (heh). There are entire towns in Florida that consist solely of $7MM, 10,000 square foot houses built for couples. All of this is much more common than someone buying a Ferrari Colnago.
My point is that in the grand scheme of things there are lots of worse ways to blow a lot more money than $16K. At least a bike requires some physical activity to operate.