From the Desk Of Loy Machedo presents Interview With Raslan Abbadi of Besports Bike Shop
INTERVIEW WITH RASLAN ABBADI
Given below is the Interview with Raslan Abbadi I had taken on 30th October 2016.
LOYMACHEDO: So Raslan, When did you join Besport Bike Shop?
RASLAN ABBADI: Last year, August 2015.
LOYMACHEDO: Why did you join this brand?
RASLAN ABBADI: It was a New Company, New Challenge to take a Brand to a new level, A new experience to make sure that the Top Bike in the Middle East would capture the market.
LOYMACHEDO: What are the Top Brands you are selling at Besports Bike Shop?
RASLAN ABBADI: Argon 18, Cube, Wilier and Commencel
LOYMACHEDO: Who is your target audience?
RASLAN ABBADI: Families, Cyclists & Triathletes
LOYMACHEDO: Why should someone come to your shop and buy from you?
RASLAN ABBADI: We have a Big Range starting from base-level entry to the High End Bike. We cater to a large audience mix – Children, Men, Women, Teenagers, Amateurs and Professionals.
LOYMACHEDO: What sets your shop from the others?
RASLAN ABBADI: The variety of brands that we carry, the fact that our shop is run by Triathletes & athletes who have a passion for the sport and yes, are experts in their field. And yes, most important who provide the right information and educate the customer with what they truly need.
LOYMACHEDO: What advice you would give a beginner in this sport?
RASLAN ABBADI: 1) Get the right size 2) Get the best bike for money 3) Not too cheap Not too expensive 4) Get the Right equipment
LOYMACHEDO: What do you think is the biggest challenge a beginner finds?
RASLAN ABBADI: There are a lots of brands, there are many companies that mislead people into buying what they shouldn’t be buying and yes, fake pricing strategies.
LOYMACHEDO: What is the budget a person – say a beginner should keep?
RASLAN ABBADI: Road Bike AED 5,000, Mountain bike AED 3,000 (The cost stated here is both without accessories)
LOYMACHEDO: What is your opinion on 2nd hand versus brand new bike?
RASLAN ABBADI: Its pretty tricky. You have to check on the history of services & quality. It is never easy to know what is true or false. And yes you lose the warranty when it becomes a 2nd hand product.
LOYMACHEDO: What can one expect when they purchase a bike from Besports Bike shop?
RASLAN ABBADI: When you purchase any Bike from us – you get the following FREE BONUS OFFERS – Bike fitting free (worth AED 950), Any Tweaking on the Bike (FOC), Service up to one month (FOC), Easy access to workshop
LOYMACHEDO: What are you service charges like?
RASLAN ABBADI: There are 3 Levels of charges. Regular (AED 200), Standard (AED 350) and Ultimate (AED 600)
LOYMACHEDO: What is your vision of 2017-2018
RASLAN ABBADI: Our key partners who are Sky Dive, Ironman Dubai, ITU Dubai – to give them the best services, best products and best overall experiences.
LOYMACHEDO: Is there any season when people should purchase a bike?
RASLAN ABBADI: The Main riding season begins September to May. All they have to do is choose the right time and right budget.
LOYMACHEDO: Rumor or Reality – You can get special offers during low season?
RASLAN ABBADI: Some shops do offer these so called “special offers’ however, most of these offers are over-priced and inflated price-tags that create the illusion of a discount. All the brands being from the same industry – it is not possible to bring your prices down to such a level to offer anyone anything ‘shocking’ or out of the world.
LOYMACHEDO: Are there any other channels which sell your brand?
RASLAN ABBADI: Through bike shops across the region
LOYMACHEDO: Which are the other countries apart from UAE you sell to?
RASLAN ABBADI: Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi and Kuwait.
LOYMACHEDO: What is the difference between buying from your shop versus buying online? Isn’t it cheaper to buy it online?
RASLAN ABBADI: People assume they can reinvent the wheel or they have discovered a new way to cut down expenses. When you factor in Shipping, Assembly, Fixing, Tweaking and Setting up the Bike with the right parts – the prices come to more or less the same. In fact some people who tried doing this – ended up paying more. And some others had to even bring the bike here to ensure that the wrong fitting which they attempted to do by themselves – was now corrected and made right.
LOYMACHEDO: Rumor or Reality – Here in the UAE the bikes are over priced.
RASLAN ABBADI: If you compare to recommended price of manufacturers – it is at par. If you compare it to an online store selling last year or outdated models – it would be different. And yes especially if you are talking about grey channels, shops that over-stock and want to clear out their mistakes.
LOYMACHEDO: Your personally favorite brand?
RASLAN ABBADI: Personally – I love Williard Centro (Need the Specs)
LM: Do you sponsor Athletes or do you have sponsorships with International Athletes?
RA: Sponsorships – International athletes? No. Teams – Yes.
LM: Why do you not sponsor International or Individual Athletes?
RA: The long term vision and also it is hard to deal with Individuals.
LM: What is it that you sell exclusively in your shop and people cannot get anywhere else?
RA: Centini – Tri suits & cycling kid for UCI world championship & Giro Italian Pas Normal – Cycling clothing, PUC clothing & glasses
LM: So what is Besports Bike Shop to you?
RA: It is a specialized bike shop that focuses on Right Service, Right Products, and ensures the Right Experience Right from the get go.
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