It's easy enough to complain about the price of modern bike components, but if you really want to have a seizure, check out this retro-tastic mountain bike groupset on eBay. It's currently being offered for a staggering €8,400 - that's around £7,600...
The reason for that fantastical price tag is because there are some extremely rare bits of 1990s mountain bike jewellery in there from Paul Components and Kooka that'll have a certain kind of retro bike collector feeling very hot under the collar indeed.
retro-ebay-groupset-3.jpg, by alexasophie / eBay
Most of the kit is what the retro bike community know as New Old Stock - completely unused kit that's been sitting gathering dust for the past 20 years. To add to the rarity value, whoever put this little collection together has also ensured it's all anodised in the red, gold and green 'Rasta' colours instantly familiar to anyone who had a large poster of Bob Marley on the wall when this lot was new.
retro-ebay-groupset6.jpg, by alexasophie / eBay
Some of the highlights include the three-colour fade anodised Kooka cranks and stem, while even the most hardened cynic will agree that the Paul Component rim brakes and levers are beautifully made, even if their performance is best left in the past.
retro-ebay-groupset.jpg, by alexasophie / eBay
Other bits are slightly more suspect from a period standpoint. Those Crank Brothers 50:50 pedals might be in the right colours, but they're interlopers from the mid-2000s - and they were utterly abysmal then.
retro-ebay-groupset5.jpg, by alexasophie / eBay
Either way, with the frankly insane prices some retro kit goes for, I don't doubt a buyer will eventually be found for this lot, though the chance of seeing it being used on a trail is minimal. Personally, I think I'd rather buy a very nice bike and then ride it daily. Each to their own, I guess.
Full advert is below...
"Hey, i'm selling my complete Vintage CNC Rasta Groupset with all necessary Components which exist!!
Once in a lifetime opportunity!!
If you need more Detail Photos, let me know
I can also make a photo with atodays newspaper
If you don't buy, someone else will do
All parts are between NOS and Mint, you wont find anything like this.
I know, that the price is a little high, but if you remember the prices just a couple of years ago, than you know, that the prices for these parts are raising faster than gold.
And to collect this Groupset you will need ages....
I don't sell parts out of this Groupset, just all together
Kooka Rasta Seatpost 27,2 NOS (just once mounted)
Kooka Rasta Stem 1 1/8" NOS (Just once mounted)
Kooka Rasta Cranks VGC
Kooka? Rasta Handlebar NOS
Kooka Rasta Chainrings (super rare)
Paul Rasta Rear Derailleur Mint
Paul Rasta Front Derailleur Mint
Paul Rasta Love Levers Cantilever (NOS NIB)
Paul Rasta Stoplight MC Mint
Paul Rasta Love Levers V Brake Mint
Paul Rasta V Brakes VGC
3 Chris King Headsets Gold, Red, Green... so you can create your own Rasta Headset
TWP Rasta Chainglider NOS
Crank Brothers Rasta 5050 Pedals
Tune Rasta Seatpost quick release Mint
Nokon Rasta Mint
Race Face Taperlock Titan Bottom Bracket
TNT Crank Screws
Precision Billet Proshift VGC and almost impossible to find
Bullseye Rasta Hubset NOS (just mounted and never ridden)
Mavic 217 SUP in Copper (i would recommend a Mavic X517 in red and citron to have the ultimate Rasta combination)
Two Pairs (one Salsa) of Titan Quickreleases Red and Green
As little extra i will put a Chain and Cassette on top, so you will just need a frame (Fat Chance in black?!)
And because ofthe amount of parts, you can build actually two Rasta Bikes or just everything on one and have some spare parts.
All the Brakes are coming with all Bolts!
If you buy it now, i will put as an little extra a Precision Billet Proshift Front and Rear Derailleur in Red, so you gonna have this Groupset as well!