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DoctorIt 12-01-2009 03:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RyanIsMyName
Are there any companies besides Cannondale that makes affordable USA-built frames?

"affordable" C'dales haven't been built in the US for a few years.

And the answer is, none, really. Plenty of fancy frames made here. But all the affordable bikes are made in the same 3 factories in China (no kidding - I have several friends high up in the bike business and they all go on business trips to the same place).

ducnut 12-01-2009 05:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DoctorIt
Plenty of fancy frames made here. But all the affordable bikes are made in the same 3 factories in China.

Or, Taiwan. It seems that anything under $700-800 is China, though.

trailer Rails 12-01-2009 05:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RyanIsMyName
What's wrong with Trek's?? Their outsourcing of frame building? Are there any companies besides Cannondale that makes affordable USA-built frames? That old Trek 930 I have was made in the US.

Actually no cannondales are made in the USA any more. They were bought by Huffy a few years ago and all their bikes are made in China now. Trek is the one of the only big box brands making bikes in the USA anymore. Trek is a great brand, if you ever have a problem with a frame they will get you a new one ASAP. They really back up their product well. In case you did not know they own Gary Fisher also and the same applies to them also.

RyanIsMyName 12-01-2009 05:33 PM

What about Yeti? Please tell me they haven't outsourced too. I always wanted one of their hardtail frames but they're kind of expensive.

trailer Rails 12-01-2009 05:38 PM

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Originally Posted by RyanIsMyName
What about Yeti? Please tell me they haven't outsourced too. I always wanted one of their hardtail frames but they're kind of expensive.

I think they are overseas also.

The main reason is there is no OSHA over there. Everything is going to carbon fiber and that stuff is a very hazardous material.

There is nothing wrong with buying a high end Trek, Fisher or Specialized. They all have great warranties.

vfr700 12-01-2009 06:10 PM

I just added a Top Fuel 9.8 to my stable and am very pleased with it.

Askel 12-01-2009 06:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RyanIsMyName
What about Yeti? Please tell me they haven't outsourced too. I always wanted one of their hardtail frames but they're kind of expensive.

So what if it is?

All I need is some fucking idiot with an MFA who decided his real purpose in life was framebuilding responsible for the welds on my next bike. :lol3

PaleRider 12-01-2009 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RyanIsMyName
What about Yeti? Please tell me they haven't outsourced too. I always wanted one of their hardtail frames but they're kind of expensive.

... no longer made in Colorado :cry

PaleRider 12-01-2009 06:39 PM

Dear Santa:

This book, please!

Thank you,

PaleRider
(on the good list)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...yL._SL500_.jpg

http://www.doobybrain.com/wp-content...bicycles-4.jpg

ducnut 12-01-2009 06:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trailer Rails
Trek is the one of the only big box brands making bikes in the USA anymore.

Only the extreme high-end models. Giant builds everything else for them.

Uncle Pollo 12-01-2009 06:54 PM

I want an Electra Amsterdam.

Askel 12-01-2009 06:57 PM

I want a Norco Vesta.

skibum69 12-02-2009 04:10 AM

I already have my Intense Tracer but xmas?

Gummee! 12-02-2009 06:34 AM

Treks have always been, well... Treks. At least in my time, they suffered from the mid-level and lower look/feel. There was nicer stuff out there for not a whole lot more $$.

The first 5XXX bikes didn't do much to change my opinion of em, so... they're just Treks.

Haven't ridden a Madone. Doubt I will. Its a Trek after all

M

Mr Head 12-02-2009 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PaleRider
Dear Santa:

This book, please!

Thank you,

PaleRider
(on the good list)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...yL._SL500_.jpg

http://www.doobybrain.com/wp-content...bicycles-4.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_VMBXGqBOWs...nillapages.jpg



Now that is a coffee table book. Nice!
My Christmas list consists of just wanting to stay employed...


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