Over on the BikeBiz.com bulletin board, Raleigh is being slated for shipping Choppers to Halfords before IBDs.
However, Halfords ordered 5000 bikes, and promised they would be offered at full retail for a number of months.
On average, it costs £40-50 per bike to fly bikes in from the Far East. This is compared to about £7 per bike for containerised sea-shipping.
Raleigh is hosting a press day for mainstream journalists, including TV, when the demo bikes are flown in, on 19th February.
Many IBDs have expressed dissatisfaction with the Halfords/Raleigh deal because the pre-orders for bikes IBDs have already taken will be likely cancelled when consumers realise Halfords will have stock up to a month before IBDs.
IBDs are also tied to buying tag-on P&A and Raleigh bikes if they want Chopper stock.