I didn’t pay as much as you’d think for these…

I didn’t pay as much as you’d think for these…


– Upgrading and maintaining your bike can get pretty expensive,
if we’re being honest. Take for example, these
High Roller II tires. They’re awesome, but for a set, you’re gonna spend anywhere
between 130 and $150. And then, there’s stuff like
this 11-50 tooth cassette from SunRace, which will add
a bunch of range to your bike, but take $100 out of your
wallet, and just like the tires, it’ll eventually wear out too. Pretty daunting, right? But what if I told you, everything here cost
me less than 80 bucks? Stick around, I’m gonna
show you how to save a bunch of money on your next bike purchase. (funky music) Hey everyone, my name is
Joseph, and welcome back. So, I’m sure a lot of you are wondering if I bought stolen parts,
or if I’m using some sort of special sponsor deal to
get everything so cheap. The answer’s no, I’m gonna
show you where I go to get new, or slightly used parts,
at a massive discount. Now, you will need some patience
in order for this to work. A lot of these places have limited stock, so not only do you need to
know what you’re looking for, but you have to check
things fairly frequently. However, you will be rewarded
with massive savings. That said, this is not a replacement for your favorite retailer,
or local bike shop. If you need something right
away, please, go use them. I do wanna take a moment to talk about used parts in general. It’s no secret that you
can find amazing deals on complete bikes, or even
front forks, if you shop used on places like Pinkbike,
eBay, or Craigslist. That being said, you really
do need to know what questions to ask, and what to look for,
to make sure you don’t get a bad part, or just
straight up ripped off. Even then, sometimes a seller
is being perfectly honest, but they just don’t realize, their part is in worse
shape than they thought. So, it’s best to leave that
type of bargain hunting for the people who really
know what questions to ask, and what to look for. Anyways, let’s move on. (upbeat music) While most people use
eBay to buy used stuff, it’s actually a great
place to buy new stuff at a pretty decent discount. And I’m not talking about
the cheap Chinese rip-offs, that are gonna self-destruct
after one ride. A lot of your favorite
online bike retailers sell their inventory on eBay as well. Most of those things are gonna
be listed at the same price as you would find on
their main site, however, there are items that
are kind of overstock, that they list with the
option of Best Offer. This gives you an opportunity to negotiate a slightly lower price. However, don’t get too ambitious. You’re not gonna get
something like 50% off, but it may help you save a
few dollars here and there, depending on what the item is. So, your mileage may vary,
but it’s worth a shot. I’ve also noticed that a
lot of smaller bike shops will run eBay stores out
of the back of their shop, to sell off overstock, or open-box items. They even will sometimes
list things at an auction, which is a bit of a mixed blessing, because if you’re the only
person that is looking for that item, then you can get something at an absolute righteous discount. Otherwise, you’re in a bidding war with 50 other people, at
which point, good luck. I also wanna point out that you
really need to pay attention to the terms and conditions of the sale. Different sellers will
have different terms, and they might even have different terms, depending on the item. So make sure you read the description, and when in doubt, ask as
many questions as possible before you hit the Buy button, just to save everyone some hassle. (light disco music) The next place on my list
to buy stuff is actually one that does have an entry fee, but in my opinion, it’s totally worth it. ExpertVoice is a website where
brands sell their products at a pretty steep discount,
in exchange for feedback, and just more exposure. It’s kind of like being an
online influencer, but without that empty feeling from selling
your soul for free products. I wish I could show you the
main website, with me logged in, so you could really see what is available, but I think that’s against
the terms and conditions, so I’m just gonna play it safe. What I can tell you though,
is that there are a lot of really well-known brands on there, offering categories of
outdoor and cycling clothing, electronic gadgets and accessories, bike parts and bike tools,
and even complete bikes. All of this, and some
of the brands offer it at up to 60% off, which
is definitely no joke. Of course, there are some
limitations with this. Each brand will have limitations
so you need to check, but basically what it is, you’re limited to the amount you can
buy, and how frequently. Also, because this is kind
of a brand ambassador setup, they do require you to at least
learn about their company, and the products, so you have
to take these quick little online classes, and then
answer quizzes at the end. I’m here to tell you, though,
they’re super easy to take, you could knock out a
bunch in a lunch hour, so, don’t worry about it. So how do you get in? Do you have to spend like
$500 a year for a membership? Actually no, it’s ridiculously cheap, and can be free in some regards. If you become a member of IMBA,
the International Mountain Bike Association, you actually get access to ExpertVoice as one of your perks. Membership to IMBA is
as cheap as $40 a year, and that money goes towards the mountain bike community as a whole. It helps get people out
there to maintain trails, and open new ones, and
can even go and advocate to your local government to
help get more land access. Pretty big win-win overall, right? Now, you can also get in for free, if it’s a deal through your employer. So go talk to someone in
marketing or HR, and ask around, find out if there’s maybe
a way you can sign up using your email address through work, or if there’s a access
ID code that they use. It never hurts to check. Otherwise, $40 a year, you can easily make that back in some of
the discounts you get. (light music) Finally, we have what has to
be my favorite place so far, and it’s actually
located here in Colorado. The Pros Closet is a website
where you can buy new and used bike and bike components for some ridiculously good prices. This is actually where I found brand new Maxis High Roller II tires,
for $14 each, that is insane. And then, I found this used
11-50 tooth SunRace cassette for $48, that is half off retail. Now, there is some cosmetic wear, just from it being installed. I think this was basically
just a showroom demo, because the teeth themselves
are in perfect condition. This has seen no use, basically,
so awesome, awesome find. If you’re wondering, where do
they get all their inventory from, it’s actually a bit of a mix, but the core of their business is taking in used bikes and components in on trade. Which a lot of you may
not find that enticing because you don’t like
the idea of buying used. It’s completely fair. I gotta say, though, The Pros
Closet is super impressive and they have their process dialed in. These guys inspect
everything that comes in, they make sure that bikes
that come in aren’t stolen, and they thoroughly clean everything. On top of that, they
actually have on staff, professional photographers
that take photos of everything. So you’re gonna be able to see, in exact detail, what you’re buying. When it goes to actually
listing the items, the people who do it, know their stuff. They’re not just some random
yahoo punching on a keyboard, these people live and
breath bike equipment, so you’re gonna get some
really detailed stats. In fact, they even weigh
each individual item, so you’re gonna see, down to the gram, how much that wheelset is. The other way they get a
lot of their inventory, is going to companies like bike
shops and other distributors that have a ton of overstock
items, and just buying it up. This allows them to take a
pallet full of Maxis tires, and sell them at 14 bucks
a pop, so you can get something brand new for
used or even cheaper prices. I do wanna point out that they
have a 30-day return policy. So if you do happen to get
something that wasn’t exactly what you thought it was,
you’re not completely screwed. Also, another thing to point
out, since they take stuff in on trade, if you have your eyes on something that’s a
little bit expensive, but you have some old bike
gear that you need to get rid of anyways, that can help offset the cost. And help make your significant
other a lot more happy, by finally cleaning out that
closet full of bike stuff that you swore to them you
would do something with. So there you have it. Let me know, down in the comments below, what you thought about this video, and if I may have missed anything. If you enjoyed the video, make sure to hit that thumbs-up button, and
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whatever bike you have, go grab it, and use it to
go find your next adventure. Have a good one.