Let's see what happens next year. They also mentioned that it won't be as cheap as last time, because we got a special discount at my old, deceased LBS.Honestly, the fact that your team owner requires you to race in top-end gear just seems really inconsiderate. WaveOne bibs are perfectly good and cost less than 25,000 for a top-bottom set. Not to mention they give you sizing samples and will even repair your crash damage.
That seems about right. I got my Gore C5s for around 10k ¥ as they were on sale. But so far, I think my experience jives with yours.I consider anything under 15,000 to be mid-tier while everything over this is top-tier. I think I've decided that anything under 8,000 isn't even worth wearing.