TBS Bike Parts - Bas and Tom Van Steenbergen Teaser

Sep 25, 2013
by TBS Bike Parts  
It seems that with every product launch and the introduction of new components to install on your bike, it becomes more and more challenging to get into the sport and keep your bike running without breaking the bank. TBS Bike Parts was launched in early 2013 in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia with one goal in mind: to allow riders worldwide to purchase high-end parts at the best prices available.

This Canadian-owned and operated company prides itself on offering fast shipping and the latest products from brands such as Maxxis, Shimano, SRAM, Truvativ, Easton, RockShox and Fox suspension.

Over the course of the 2014 season, community involvement will ramp up with trail maintenance support and race organization involvement. TBS Bike Parts is also actively involved on social media where you’ll be able to find out about deals, new product introductions, special events, and exclusive content about the TBS team riders.

It’s not just about prices and products though; TBS Bike Parts is also proud to sponsor two local riders, Bas and Tom van Steenbergen, as well as a great videographer. A full-length edit of the van Steenbergen brothers will be released shortly and if the videos you’ve seen on Pinkbike this summer weren’t enough to convince you that these guys rip, here’s a teaser of what’s to come.

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The support provided to these up-and-coming riders during the 2013 season has helped them reach some amazing results over the 2013 season so far:

• 2nd Redbull Phenom
• 4th Crankworx Speed ‘n Style
• Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jamp best trick winner

• 1st Chainless DH race at Silver Star Freeride Festival
• 3rd BC Cup - Silver Star
• 7th Canada Cup - Sun Peaks

Local” shops aren’t limited to retail stores anymore. Online stores have proven that they have a place in the industry and they offer value to customers looking to save money (and willing to give up the hands-on support available through brick and mortar stores). By supporting TBS Bike Parts, you’ll be supporting a BC-based company that gives back and gets involved. Check them out and see for yourself.


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  • 18 1
 I cant express how nice it is to have a online retailer based in Canada, its been lacking for so long. Hopefully they can keep up with the competition!
  • 3 13
flag crohnsy (Sep 25, 2013 at 18:10) (Below Threshold)
 Try www.weknowbikes.com . Their site works great!
  • 15 4
 Dunbar aint too bad either. They support heaps of riders and support a whole race series.
  • 6 2
 Bought a bunch of parts from TBS and they are awesome! Keep up the good work.
  • 6 10
flag b-p-d (Sep 25, 2013 at 20:45) (Below Threshold)
 what about us?? We are Canadian and are also a bike shop! (this is just our online retail site!) bikepartdeals.com

We also have the FOX Talas 180 RC2 FIT for an even better price! $850 CAD w/free shipping!
check it! bikepartdeals.com/product/fox-36-van-180mm-rc2-2011
  • 2 10
flag chris (Sep 25, 2013 at 20:48) (Below Threshold)
pretty shitty site and selection of gears
  • 3 2
 @b-p-d I just checked the price of the Talas on TBS again and it's 825 with free shipping on anything order over $95. See for yourself www.tbsbikeparts.com/fox-36-talas-180-fit-rc2-factory-fork
  • 4 5
 hahha! they just lowered their price. it was $890 about 2 hours ago. Looking like we have a fork price war! Let the under cutting begin.
How about $799 and free shipping?~!
compliments of BikePartDeals.com > bikepartdeals.com/product/fox-36-van-180mm-rc2-2011
  • 6 4
 Ok seriously... if you're gonna comment that you sell online also, AND are a retail shop, pony up the $30 for the plus membership already... you can afford it.
  • 5 1
 Very nice prices! Their website is probably experiencing heavy traffic, and will be slow for a couple of days. Or it's a DoS attack by Wiggle and CRC! Eek lol
  • 1 0
 Looks like they're back up now...
  • 6 4
 Bas and Tom rip, good to see companies supporting riders like them. DunbarCycles.com also supports lots of BC racers and events, including me. It is a bike shop in Vancouver that also sells online. They are awesome and will match any online advertised price. check em out
  • 3 2
 I've had some experience with TBS, ordered a BB and they sent me it without a box or manuel AKA as an OE part. Asked whether it had a warranty and they said it had their own warranty. Not sure about these guys and how they are getting such good stuff for such a low price.
  • 3 2
 what's with some of these comments? "I'm a great Canadian online retailer!!!" "But what about me guys, check out my site" "No way bro, Dunbar is the coolest"...... Buy a banner on the front page already.... Yes, I know, Dunbar already spends a lot on advertising on PB....
  • 2 1
 It would be nice to know how they can sell stuff for less than what a shop pays. It would be doubly nice to know how they can sell stuff at below MSRP when most shops get a "talking to" when they sell for less than list price... There is the argument about higher overhead, and to an extent that's true, but shops are also held accountable to the manufacturers and their suggested pricing. I'm not accusing TBS of anything, but a lot of these online shops deal with shady OEM parts, and you usually get your parts in a plastic bag with zero factory/manufacturer warranty... But cheap parts with no effort is hard to beat. Seems like people these days don't want to spend the time to build a relationship with a shop and get deals on parts by interacting with real people anymore...
  • 2 1
 This has been the case in my experience. No factory packaging, no manuals, just an unsealed plastic bag and a "we have our own warranty". Not good for the bike industry.
  • 4 2
 I think when you launch your website, your website should work. maybe its me? can't get past there home page on safari or firefox
  • 4 2
 I've been there before, seems like a good store, but same comment as Lmackall6 - If you put out an article launching/advertising your store... make sure it's running.
  • 4 0
 Their (obviously underpowered) server is currently getting hammered by throngs of Canadians looking for a 'local' online buying paradise... Hopefully they'll eventually stock more than 2 pedals. Bookmarked for sure!
  • 5 0
 Obviously they have limits as a start up and like every good business I'm sure they will invest in both hardware and more variety as they grow. There is nothing shady about OEM parts.

Yes most of the parts vendors say not for retail sale but they also don't take back all of the un-used inventory of bike manufacturers either again, obviously because what are they going to do with it?

My XT brakes came in a bag, but who cares, I paid less than my staff price at work in a retail shop. As for no instructions they are a few clicks away on Shimano's web site as are instructions for everything else they sell. Some of the Canadian bike companies have access to their own supply of discount OEM parts and they do blow outs too. I bought a bundle of my favorite name brand tires at a local warehouse sale for 5.00 each, MSRP 60.00 so its not like the Canadian distributors aren't doing the same thing.
  • 4 1
 ......aaaaand we've DDOS'd them
  • 11 12
 TBS and all other online distribution kill independent bike shops. Think before you buy, remember you can't put a price on the human interaction. TBS carries products AT or BELOW the wholesale of many brick and mortar businesses and often does not have permission from the brands they carry to do so. Keep bike shops alive! BUY LOCAL!!!
  • 12 0
 Always buy local if possible, HOWEVER, it is very hard to stomach paying double from shops as a consumer. I understand there are lights and heat and what not at the brick n mortar stores but in my experience most high end shops a) they don't stock what I want AND their delivery time is multiple weeks??, b) have no clue what they are talking about, c) expect me to pay full retail for the "special order" parts (which are readily available on the internet in days vs. weeks). How can a consumer expect to wait and wait and wait for an order, call the shop(s) and never really know when it will arrive. I have heard "oh it should be on the next batch order from disti"...that isn't good customer service...sorry. I have tried to work with local shops, supposedly the best in my area, only to lose faith in anything but their service for specific things like suspension rebuilds/service.
I hate to say it but local shops are basically screwed from a parts perspective...too many moving parts and exposure for them to compete. That being said, Dunbar seems to be doing a good job online and in their store so perhaps there is hope...I would prefer to source from my local shop trust me. But until there is a reliable way for a shop to provide such a service and not make the end user feel gouged many purchases have and will continue to be via online....harsh reality.
  • 6 0
 +1 Hear, hear
  • 2 0
 I would agree with the whole challenge of getting anything but a very common part from your LBS. I have already had multiple times this season where I went to multiple shops trying to get a part or component. The usual response was that the distributor was out and they didn't know when new stock would arrive. Problem is particularly bad at this time of year. Ended up going online to order the parts at half the price and had them in a few days. The solution for the LBS is to do what the online retailers are doing and bypass the distributors. I understand how difficult it is to stock everything especially with all the new standards, but price and service could surely be improved.
  • 5 0
 +1 for meat.

I do my best to support local for an extra 5, 10 MAYBE 15% in price over online...

but when the price gets higher AND it needs to be ordered AND it takes weeks (not days) to arrive I go to online. I understand "buy local" and I understand "service and customer experience", but I service my bike myself and am ok taking a risk on warranty for most parts (e.g. stem, bar, pedals etc.etc.etc).

And a final point about warranty... what good is a warranty if my replacement needs to be special ordered (again) and I lose 3 weeks of riding while it arrives to the store? If I buy it online (even from bonded US retailer) and I get it in 48 hours and don't lose out on a weekend of riding.

I am not trying to "kill local bike shops" but I think that pressure from online store could make good shops better and weed out the bad shops (yes they do exist). It may be a tough reality to stomach but in most parts of this country the DH and "enduro" crowd is not well serviced by local shops - roadies, trail and commuter, yes. That doesn't mean I don't support the store, they just have nothing I want to purchase.

my 0.02
  • 2 5
 Couldn't agree more, and you speak the truth on the "permission" part as well...

Keep in mind that it is rather difficult to stuff your bike through your computer monitor to have an online retailer service your black market parts. The extra bucks you spend to support your local bike shop goes towards the knowledge and know-how you can get, face to face, at any time from a real live person.
  • 4 1
 @bigloaf. You gotta be a bit careful when accusing people of selling black market parts when it's clearly not the case. Check your facts before throwing people under the bus...
  • 1 2
 No accusations were made, kind sir. I merely meant "black market" in the sense that they are able to source and sell bike parts well below wholesale prices in some cases, and cannot (that I've seen or heard) offer any explanations as to the why or how. It could be 100% legitimate and not stepping on any toes for all I know, but I would like to see the proof of that before they get my money.

When a deal appears to be too good to be true, it often turns out to be just that. Caveat Emptor and all that jazz. That's all I'm saying.
  • 3 1
 Bought a rear derailler at tbs and receive it fast, really low price but not much stock.
  • 3 1
 Competitive prices for sure. Not a lot of selection, but still decent.
  • 4 4
 Well, I guess I know where the LBS can buy their parts now! These guys sell for less than the Canadian distributors... destroying the industry.
  • 1 2
 Sure this is great but I will stick to CRC. The prices are comparable on many products, they are proven and tested and they have a way bigger selection. All nicely packaged, and come with instructions etc.
  • 2 1
 if only the link worked...
  • 1 5
flag crohnsy (Sep 25, 2013 at 18:11) (Below Threshold)
 Try www.weknowbikes.com . Their site works great!
  • 6 0
 Ya, but the prices are nuts, 208$ for a 9 speed saint m810 ss, TBS has the m-820 for 158$.
  • 4 1
 I had no problems getting on www.tbsbikeparts.com. Great site with excellent prices!
  • 3 1
 holy cow dylandecker..... it almost seems like you work for those guys or something....
  • 1 1
 If only they sold products from Canadian brands.
  • 1 2
 Make a contest, give away a lot of parts and become widely known..
Just an advice Razz
  • 4 5
 Wow cool ad... How much did that front page cost?
  • 2 4
 How much does a front page ad cost?

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