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Who and Where is my bike really made?
« on: November 25, 2008, 09:51:29 AM »
I thought that since Anthem1 says that Giant builds everything that we ride. I would do a little looking. Here is a link that I found.


http://allanti.com/page.cfm?PageID=328



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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 09:53:42 AM »
Eliminate the middle man, go GIANT :D In the end, a frame is a frame. What I think sets one frame or bike apart from the next is what is added by way of engineering of their respective suspension designs, geometry, etc:
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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2008, 10:05:25 AM »
Made by Walt Wehner in Boulder, CO... 100% engineered to crush mass produced disposable pieces of metal  :D


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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2008, 10:46:11 AM »
So if most bikes come from China/Taiwan why are they so freaking expensive? What does the brand make on lets say a $3,000 bike? What is the mark up at the LBS? What do you think drives the price sky high? My bicycle costs more than my first two cars combined.
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Didn't see Ellsworth mentioned. I heard they are 100% USA. Guess that would explain they are ungodly expensive vs just freaking expensive.
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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2008, 10:52:01 AM »
So if most bikes come from China/Taiwan why are they so freaking expensive?

Supply and demand...

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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2008, 10:56:37 AM »
it's all part of china's sinister plan to take over the world. we are all complicit.
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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2008, 11:36:15 AM »
The bike shops have a substantial gross mark up. You do have to take in to account what it takes to do business though.


Supply and demand definitely have something to do with it, as does perception. People tend to automatically equate higher price with higher quality.


Ellsworth is among some smaller manufacturers (for now) that still make their own frames, and yes, that is part of the reason it costs so much.



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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2008, 12:08:23 PM »
My C-dale frame is made in the USA, as are most of C-dale's frames. They did have to outsource the frames on the cheaper bikes though.
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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2008, 12:22:36 PM »
Pinarello - This Italian company has been producing world-class frames since the 1950's. Pinarello - along with Colnago and DeRosa - is one of the Italian "big three." You can visit their website, pinarello.com, for a nice history of the company.

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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2008, 12:39:45 PM »
Yeah, I knew Cannondale did their own thing. That video someone posted a couple months ago was cool, it showed Cannondales CNC equiptment in action as well as some frame build up's. Pretty high tech stuff. I know Trek used to build their high end stuff state side but not sure about that anymore.

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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2008, 02:14:29 PM »
Unless they specifically advertise that your bike was made in XYZ (for Intense, they are made in Temecula, CA), it pretty much was made overseas in either Taiwan or China.  It is just how the economies of manufacturing are these days.  This is especially true of the plethora of cheaper carbon fiber frames (both road and mtb) as the environmental laws in the US make it much more expensive to make them here rather than overseas where the environmental laws are more lax.

All that said, there are great bikes being made everywhere these days.
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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2008, 02:21:48 PM »
WOW :o those chic's can wrench

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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2008, 02:51:58 PM »
I want to buy local - who makes bikes in Tampa?

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Re: Who and Where is my bike really made?
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2008, 02:55:05 PM »
Not Tampa, but Gainesville http://www.villincycleworks.com/


 

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