If you have ever lurked in the Road Bike Forum, one of the thing that I continue see is the savaging of the Online Retailer Bikes Direct. Well I have seen their website and while yes it does look like a 10 year old designed it, you have to love it's simplicity and low cost setup.
There is a LBS here by that same name and the other day while I was waiting on my wife to finish her all day endurance shopping training , I decided to go get my hair cut and had to wait about 20 minutes so I popped in next door to the bike store. They carried the BD bikes brands and generally were pleasant folks. I asked if they were one and the same, which they were.
They have incredible prices and what looks to be some fairly nice set ups. When you think that the only real differences between their bikes and the big brands everyone knows in the US is the name on the downtube, one wonders if saving $1000 is really a bad thing when it comes to a bike purchase. One of the bikes that they displayed for $1200 was a carbon Motobecane frame with 105\Ultegra\Ritchey and Cane Creek components. I went back and took it for a test and it was a very nice ride. Just seems funny that they get savaged as much as they do.
The Parent Corp of BD is Cycle Spectrum in Houston which has 35 locations in 3 states and they sell the same stuff as the BD site, so they must be doing something right. So my question, has anyone ever bought a bike from BD or Cycle Spectrum, what was your experience and how has the bike held up?