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Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« on: April 02, 2009, 12:32:35 PM »
Cf. http://www.velonews.com/article/90139

They don't say so explicitly, but it seems that the implication from the following passage is that only "final assembly" will still occur at the Cannondale factory in PA.

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The company will refocus its Bedford factory on final bicycle and Headshok assembly, CNC machining, testing and quality control, bicycle warranty repair, inside sales and customer support, including a new call center.
Bicycle frame manufacturing will be shifted to Taichung [Taiwan] over the course of this year, allowing the reduction of Bedford workforce from 300 workers to 100.


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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2009, 12:39:03 PM »
Man, that sucks if they do. Biggest reason I've always bought C-dale is for that "Handmade in the USA". Sounds like my next bike will be an Ellsworth.
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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2009, 12:42:55 PM »
No doubt, after the sale I figured it was only a matter of time :'( Too bad cause I really like my new C Dale.

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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2009, 01:06:34 PM »
I've been under the impression that many of C-dales bike frames were already being built overseas? I thought that only the very high end stuff was built here and that the made in the usa thing was only due to 70% of the assembly being done in the US.
 
 
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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2009, 01:59:06 PM »
Ellsworth....good choice. 8) When you ride that Moment of Truth you get an Epiphany.
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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2009, 03:47:37 PM »
I've been under the impression that many of C-dales bike frames were already being built overseas? I thought that only the very high end stuff was built here and that the made in the usa thing was only due to 70% of the assembly being done in the US.

The only C-dale frames that were made overseas were the Synapse road bike, and the Taurine frame. Last year when they introduced the low end line CO2 hardtails they were also made overseas. But other than that, almost all their frames were made in the US.
 
 
I also think the carbon Rush frame might have been from overseas for a while.
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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2009, 08:20:43 PM »
Looks like it's true - frame production will now occur overseas:
 
 http://www.velonews.com/article/90148
 
 
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Dorel Industries executives say it pained them to end U.S. production of Cannondale bicycles, but said the cost of domestic production made the decision "crystal clear" from an economic perspective.  Dorel, which bought Cannondale Sports Group last February, plans to end frame production at its Bedford, Pennsylvania, factory by the end of the year. Bedford's staff will be reduced from about 300 to about 100. The company also announced it plans to expand its design and engineering center in Connecticut as it invests in product innovation for the Cannondale, Schwinn, GT and Mongoose brands.
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The change to all-imported frame will start with the 2011 model year.

 
 I've got an older F500 hardtail (now my 1x9 commuter) and a 2008 Rush and I have to say, while they ain't the cream of the crop, both bikes have left me completely satisfied. I also took a significant amount of pride in the fact that my frame was built by my fellow countrymen.  I feel for the 200 employees in PA that will be losing their jobs because of this, and I hope that the fatcat executives that made this decision enjoy the subtle increase in profit margins. I won't buy another Cannondale...
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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2009, 08:46:41 PM »
I called my buddy that owns a LBS, he was gonna call his rep and find out more info. I told him to let that rep know that if this is true they just lost a lifelong C-dale customer. I bought my first one back in '94, an old M300. I've bought 9 others since then, but I won't buy another if this is true. >:(
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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2009, 08:56:20 PM »
So when will C-Dales make it on to Wal-Mart shelves? Are they going the way of Mongoose?
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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2009, 09:00:13 PM »
same company already owns Mongoose. Dorel
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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2009, 01:22:44 PM »
Yep Leroy said it about 6 months ago Right now I think Rush and Scalpel are the only ones left

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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2009, 04:24:05 PM »
Good article in bicyle retailer online. WOW! They talk about how it takes roughly 45 hours to build a carbon frame. Here in the US that cost is $45 an hr and in China its $1 an hr.

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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2009, 04:33:04 PM »
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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2009, 06:26:12 PM »
I thought the carbon frames were made in Taiwan? They have good manufacturing ability in that country. Chinese manufacturing is crap.
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Re: Cannondale no longer to be "Handmade in USA"?
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2009, 06:43:02 PM »
this is making me look more and more at intense cycles for the future
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