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Do you buy from CRC?

July 17, 2019, 11:09 a.m.
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Even if Dunbar has something in stock I’ve been able to get a part online faster. If it’s not on the shop floor, it seems there’s a ~50% they can locate it for you.

I now prefer to just wait until I’m in whistler, go to Evolution, and bring enough stuff to install in the parking lot if I can’t order something to Canada.

July 18, 2019, 11:33 a.m.
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That's been my experience with Dunbar in the past ("ordering" it from LTP and then it never showing up, never calling me to tell me that, or it does show up a month later but never calling me to tell me it has arrived) but they have a new CMS/POS system and were actually able to get me an e13 part from LTP in Ontario in a week and called me when it showed up -- faster/cheaper than it would've been to order online so props to them on that. I do like all the support they give for DH racing and the fact they stock DH bikes in the store so I try to buy random stuff from them when I need it, gloves, sealant etc.

The Fox 36 spacer issue is actually Fox Canada, they emailed me back to say it's at least a month before another order comes in so it will be very hard to find them locally.


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Oct. 6, 2020, 1:57 p.m.
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GST/PST/HST all on imported new bike frame? Or should I visit the man?

“The best propaganda is that which, as it were, works invisibly, penetrates the whole of life without the public having any knowledge of the propagandistic initiative.”

Joseph Goebbels

Oct. 6, 2020, 2:02 p.m.
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Posted by: tungsten

GST/PST/HST all on imported new bike frame? Or should I visit the man?

Just GST on a bike frame. Full bike would incur both taxes (for some reason).

Oct. 7, 2020, 10:43 a.m.
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Posted by: tungsten

GST/PST/HST all on imported new bike frame? Or should I visit the man?

Gst + duty ~6% if not made in North America

Oct. 20, 2020, 12:31 p.m.
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Anybody ever order from Merlin? 

Looking to order some magura trail sports and they have them in stock for a great price. 

They seem to have a non-dhl option where duty is at your risk.

Oct. 20, 2020, 12:46 p.m.
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I've used Merlin, no problems.

(shipping all the way down to NZ somehow seems less hassle than to N America though)

Oct. 20, 2020, 2:11 p.m.
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Posted by: velocipedestrian

I've used Merlin, no problems.

I've used Merlin no problems as well, but they used to be my source for lower priced Mud Hugger fenders. However, they will no longer ship that product to us Canadians. Buying local is  about twice the price on MH fenders.

Oct. 20, 2020, 2:51 p.m.
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Posted by: UFO

Posted by: tungsten

GST/PST/HST all on imported new bike frame? Or should I visit the man?

Gst + duty ~6% if not made in North America

So, Obed. 'merican firm Asian manufacture.

Oct. 20, 2020, 7:07 p.m.
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Posted by: Poz

Anybody ever order from Merlin? 

Looking to order some magura trail sports and they have them in stock for a great price. 

They seem to have a non-dhl option where duty is at your risk.

They are cheaper on crc

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobile/ca/en/magura-mt-trail-sport-disc-brake-set/rp-prod160690

Oct. 20, 2020, 8:48 p.m.
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Posted by: RAHrider

Posted by: Poz

Anybody ever order from Merlin? 

Looking to order some magura trail sports and they have them in stock for a great price. 

They seem to have a non-dhl option where duty is at your risk.

They are cheaper on crc

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobile/ca/en/magura-mt-trail-sport-disc-brake-set/rp-prod160690

by a $1.67 and they weren't in stock earlier today!

Pulled the trigger anyway. CDN $303 for full brake set including 203mm Magura Storm discs.

Nov. 4, 2020, 4:01 p.m.
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Magura order from Merlin came in today. 2 weeks to the day using the free Pak Trak service that goes Royal Mail and then Canada Post. 

Full order was $303 Canadian for 203 discs and full brakeset. Was charged $25 in taxes and fees which worked out bang on as expected. $15 in GST plus $10 in Canada Post fees. 

Not super fast if in a rush but more than sufficient for my needs at this time of year.

Nov. 23, 2020, 3:22 p.m.
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last month I bought a set of schwable  Icespiker pro's , for delivery CRC used an outfit called Skynet, pretty quick after the order I got an email from Skynet telling me i needed to pay 20$ duty, had a bit of a hassle paying online (eventualy used master card instead of visa) but got it sorted and the tyres were here pretty quick in time for the snow & ice.

the icespikers have a stud  in every knob somewhere > 400 studs in a 29'er for amazing traction be careful you don't slide out  when you put your foot down on ice !

Nov. 23, 2020, 5:16 p.m.
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the duty request from skynet certainly sounds dodgy af; had to google them before making the payment. given the additional duties and the progressively dwindling inventory, not terribly compelled to use them any more.

Nov. 23, 2020, 7:49 p.m.
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Posted by: xy9ine

the duty request from skynet certainly sounds dodgy af; had to google them before making the payment. given the additional duties and the progressively dwindling inventory, not terribly compelled to use them any more.

The Skynet website is not secure either, or at least wasn't last time I had duty to pay! 

Also, they're called Skynet! Who runs it, Miles Dyson?

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