I'd like to buy American company American made but if that's out of reach then American company best source. I'm not a dealer, but I just don't see than happening. The frame was recognizable by its oversized down tube and enlarged head tube. Is that what we have to do to keep a hold of American made quality. Many people take pride in owning an American made bike at least frame anyway.
Not simply as a means to decrease price at the expense of quality. One more thing I thought I'd say. I have heard that there are 24 hours of labor in every Synapse frame, most of this time is hand sanding. I have 2 of the greatest American made bicycle brands. He also said that starting next year all of the Cannondale frames including SuperSix will be made in Asia. All the Six13's are made in Bedford. My question is, if Dorel expects this transistion to be done next year, how many '09-'10 bikes will fall in that gray area of where was it really made during the transistion.
Well sure enough, she bought the bike. Cannondale still produices all of their higer end bikes here in the us other than the carbon but the cheap comfort bikes are made in China I think. However some companies have recently begun to specialize in servicing Cannondale suspension and offer mail in service. Scott proudly maintains that its Asian builders are the most closely supervised and tested in the industry. However they don't make a full suspension frame. I regarded Cannondale to be the one of the best bike manufacturers in the world or even the best.
It seems like America is well on its way to becoming a third world country. This will make it easier for you to move around the urban metropolis while riding a bike that does not fall short in terms of comfort. It's a shame they don't. I think I responded to a post earlier this week about this issue so if you read my comments before, I apologize for sounding redundant but here goes. So people just boycott the new asian products and buy good used and if you can afford it buy from a small North American frame builder. .
Many feel the Lefty is too weird looking and doesn't have many alternate wheel options and that the Headshok is too limited and doesn't provide as much travel as the standard double crown fork. This is 24hrs of hands on labor. It's pretty easy to do with bicycles, some of the best in the world are made here. Those sources can be in Indiana, Italy, Taiwan, or even the gods forbid! Some high end bikes are made in Asia as well as most if not all low to mid level bikes. The price looks reasonable too.
Personaly i stopped looking at Treks, Kleins and other sell out brands once they started manufacturing in Asia. No one is in a position to judge other people's opinions. Example, there is a new trend to go with beefy downtubes and oversize headtubes. But, hey MendonCycleSmith, I feel weird now venting like this in response to what you wrote. When a company starts to reduce cost to a primary way of driving share holder value it seems like it has lost its way.
The Schwinn water bottle plastic is so hard and cheap she cannot squeeze it to drink and has to stop to drink. This allows a reduction in weight by permitting aluminum to be used as a spindle material instead of the more traditional steel. By the time that you are finished reading, it will be easier for you to be convinced that this is indeed one brand that is hard to rival. It would have also been years before we would have laid eyes on one. If Cannonadle's highend road frame was suddenly being produced in Asia and this is important it was a significant improvement over the previous generation, would you buy it? I cancelled the order the next business day. Here is what I found.
Or is the culture, just ordinary people? Davis, with MacGregor as assistant, had some surprising success. In my short time in the biz I saw it first hand on a regular basis. Fortunately, for now, you can still get a high-end Trek or other brand as mentioned in other posts. About what I was paying in the early '80's. This is strange because you no longer see a flag on most of these bikes. Fox rings a bell for that case. What little the Europeans still do without outsourcing is good stuff, but they have followed the rest of the planet in search of cheap labor.
They specialize in aluminum rather than steel or titanium and , a technology in which they were pioneers. But that's ok, I understand. I'm not certain, but I don't think Murray of Ohio builds anything here these days. The Ventana X-5 on the other hand looks really sweet. So, in a nutshell, you're wrong.