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Old 05-17-19, 02:18 PM
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BikesDirect: Why so many triples?

I'm shocked at the number of bikes that BikesDirect offers with triple cranksets. Why so many triples?

Please don't hijack this thread with a debate about the merits of triples. If you like triples, please seek out your kindred spirits at the C&V and Touring subforums, or other websites that cater to beginners. Thank you.
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Originally Posted by onyerleft View Post
I'm shocked at the number of bikes that BikesDirect offers with triple cranksets. Why so many triples?

Please don't hijack this thread with a debate about the merits of triples. If you like triples, please seek out your kindred spirits at the C&V and Touring subforums, or other websites that cater to beginners. Thank you.
Here's a totally wild guess--they offer a lot of triples because people buy a lot of triples.

Since we can't discuss the merits of triples, guess that about covers the entire topic, right?
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NOS and/or cheap parts lying around would be my reasoned guess. Since those are the only two ways you can still have a triple with indexed shifting.
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Old 05-17-19, 02:29 PM
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They are more than likely responding to market (bikesdirect specific) demand.
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Old 05-17-19, 02:36 PM
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Because triples rule.
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Old 05-17-19, 02:38 PM
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They got a good price on the parts , in big buying numbers.. pass the savings on to you..








So what did They say , when you made The Supreme effort and asked them yourself?











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Old 05-17-19, 02:43 PM
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Triple cranks are a cost effective way to get wide gear range.
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Since BD tends to "cater to beginners" it shouldn't surprise you. I won't mention the value of triples to touring cyclists and competent mechanics who have never had issues with them.
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Most of their types have low end options and also higher end. They offer triples with cable brakes. But also 1x12 with better parts.
LBS brands also offer a variety of components.

Maybe look harder if you look for a specific drivetrain. Or go to a more higher end direct seller like Canyon or YT.

It is also marketing because with triple you can advertise 24 gears, which must be twice as good as those 1x12.......

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Old 05-17-19, 03:17 PM
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Achy knees?
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Old 05-17-19, 03:47 PM
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America is increasingly obese and sedentary, so triples make sense. Don't they?
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
Triple cranks are a cost effective way to get wide gear range.
I think that is probably the key...

If they are selling 7/8/9 on the rear, then a triple is effective to get a wide gearing range on a budget.

Moving to 10/11/12 on the rear, one usually gets wider gearing with the additional sprockets, and the triple is less necessary, except in certain circumstances such as loaded touring or utility cycling.
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I like triples for the wider range selection. If you could achieve a rear sprocket with only 1 tooth for a nice high gear, I might feel differently.
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Which one did you get?
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Because BD advertises on BF and they know we have the scoop on why they put triples on a lot of bikes.
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While they do have a lot of triples.. Often their triples have solid frames.. SO.. let's say you buy a $500-600 Gravel bike with a Triple..
Sure it nay be a Tourney Crank with low end deraileurs or however you spell it. etc..
Generally it's a quality bike that you can get a groupset yourself and throw it on turning it into a $2500 bike easy..

I personally like 2x11 for Road..
and 1x11 for MTB

Which BD has a decent selection of..
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Old 05-17-19, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by onyerleft View Post
I'm shocked at the number of bikes that BikesDirect offers with triple cranksets. Why so many triples?

Please don't hijack this thread with a debate about the merits of triples. If you like triples, please seek out your kindred spirits at the C&V and Touring subforums, or other websites that cater to beginners. Thank you.
They probably have a bunch of triple spec'd bikes for the same reason they have a bunch of bikes rocking Ritchey ergo bars with that bump on the drops.
...cheap and plentiful stock.


I am not offering up my opinion of triples, but I do find it odd that you view triples as only good for beginners, c&v, or touring.
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Old 05-17-19, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Juggy_Gales View Post
While they do have a lot of triples.. Often their triples have solid frames.. SO.. let's say you buy a $500-600 Gravel bike with a Triple..
Sure it nay be a Tourney Crank with low end deraileurs or however you spell it. etc..
Generally it's a quality bike that you can get a groupset yourself and throw it on turning it into a $2500 bike easy.
Examples of this theory?
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Old 05-17-19, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Examples of this theory?
MotoBecane OMNI STRADA This Version sells for $599 and there is another that sells for about $500
But look at the Bike and the stock specs of the Frame.. You are getting a lot for that Price..
Now.. If you Upgraded that Bike to a Shimano 105 or Ultegra Groupset gotten on a sale somewhere.. Do you
think that the bike would not substantially grow in value? They are built quite well While I don't have a picture of myself on one
I have rode an Omni Strada and it rides quite well for what you get.
Now look at this Upgraded version of the Omni Strada $1300 running Ultegra groupset.. and then Check those specs with the Giant Revolt 2. Id say it matches it quite well for significantly less money.

Though one of the Best Value Bikes I have seen to date a bike not on Bikes Direct but a small Manufacturer called Aventon Kijote Which costs about $600 and you get a lot for your money.. There is a Video of someone riding on one for $100 miles.. You Could easily upgrade that Bike to something worth in the $2000 range.

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Old 05-17-19, 06:34 PM
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There are more hills to climb in some parts of a nation than others. The need for triple still exists for many riders, despite the lack of effort by lazy Asian manufacturers to meet that need. If the OP finds them trouble, maybe he suited to a fixed-gear bike where there are no worries about changing any of the gears and it suits all road inclinations except maybe very steep.
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The need for triple still exists for many riders, despite the lack of effort by lazy Asian manufacturers to meet that need.
This strange "lack of effort by lazy Asian manufacturers" thing that you've made up is belied by the fact that triples are still available. From Asian manufacturers even.
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Old 05-17-19, 07:09 PM
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The Bikes Direct sales model is attractive to newbies because they're generally looking to get into bicycling at a low cost. Newbies are generally not in the best bicycling shape, so triples make sense for them.
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Old 05-17-19, 07:23 PM
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I don't suppose they use the same triples on their mountain, road, and hybrid bikes? Even more volume discount. Not just on the cranksets, but also the derailleurs and cassettes (freewheels in some cases).

If they're low end parts, buy twice as many and use them for next year's bikes. Barely anyone will even notice, much less complain, especially given the price.
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Old 05-17-19, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by goldensprocket View Post
This strange "lack of effort by lazy Asian manufacturers" thing that you've made up is belied by the fact that triples are still available. From Asian manufacturers even.
You really don't know much about the so-called development that is going on with gear items, including single up front, and 12-13 at the rear, particularly in Asia. Tell me, who manufactures -- not imports from Asia -- volume-sale bikes in America now?
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Old 05-17-19, 07:39 PM
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And any doubts about China's progress in this should read this article and look at the pictures on the way through:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/12/31...ess-bikeshare/

The only Asian country that remains progressive to a large extent is Taiwan. Shimano in Japan uses cheap labour in other countries, but the problems in the Japanese economy and population and business principles are having their effect.
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