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Old 03-19-06, 07:04 AM   #1
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Any Gobike dealers in US?

My mother who lives in the States is trying to track down a Gobike near her home iutside of Seattle. They sell Gobikes here in Europe but I am trying to find a dealer in the US or even Vancouver BC. It is odd that Gobike doesn't have a website (at least I couldn't locate one).Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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My mother who lives in the States is trying to track down a Gobike near her home iutside of Seattle. They sell Gobikes here in Europe but I am trying to find a dealer in the US or even Vancouver BC. It is odd that Gobike doesn't have a website (at least I couldn't locate one).Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!
It seems that the manufacturer of the Gobike is Canadian, the company is called 'Le Groupe Go Inc.' and is based in Québec. Couldn't find a website though.
Maybe this gets you started,....

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If you go to my links page below you'll find a lot of info, pics etc on GoBikes. Also see my GoBike page on my website
As for web sites, support, accessories etc. forget it! Neither Le Groupe Go/ gobikeonline or Philip Brook are very forthcoming with anything, they can't be bothered to even put in place a basic site, don't reply to e-mails (once you've bought one) and their mythical spares are still no closer to reality. i.e. no mudguards, luggage rack.
It's as though they've have had some sort of grant to manufacture these bikes, once the criteria for production has been met they've reteated into their shells taken the money and run. If this is not the case Mr Brook, please prove me wrong and deliver the after sales service that I deserve!
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Old 03-20-06, 01:02 PM   #4
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If you go to my links page below you'll find a lot of info, pics etc on GoBikes. Also see my GoBike page on my website
As for web sites, support, accessories etc. forget it! Neither Le Groupe Go/ gobikeonline or Philip Brook are very forthcoming with anything, they can't be bothered to even put in place a basic site, don't reply to e-mails (once you've bought one) and their mythical spares are still no closer to reality. i.e. no mudguards, luggage rack.
It's as though they've have had some sort of grant to manufacture these bikes, once the criteria for production has been met they've reteated into their shells taken the money and run. If this is not the case Mr Brook, please prove me wrong and deliver the after sales service that I deserve!
Good info, Chop! If a manufacturer isn't willing to serve his clients, then you better go and find your gear elsewhere. Although I'm sure the Belgian importer is a good guy and the GOBIKE looks very sexy ! I am used to a better service from Dahon.
So one could say that GOBIKE is exactly the opposite from DOWNTUBE.....
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How strange that a company would create one of the most elegant folders available and be totally lax in both the customer service and sales department. Even a simple site with a way to contact their sales reps would be nice. I did check out your site, Chop, and it makes me proud of my Welsh heritage! However, I would be stoked if their was a way to buy these bikes in Canada (where they are made, right?) and simply ride the thing back over the border into the U.S. (from BC to Seattle). Maybe its a longshot!
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Old 03-20-06, 07:26 PM   #6
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How strange that a company would create one of the most elegant folders available and be totally lax in both the customer service and sales department. Even a simple site with a way to contact their sales reps would be nice. I did check out your site, Chop, and it makes me proud of my Welsh heritage! However, I would be stoked if their was a way to buy these bikes in Canada (where they are made, right?) and simply ride the thing back over the border into the U.S. (from BC to Seattle). Maybe its a longshot!
I remember checking out the GoBike at the '04 bike show in Las Vegas, but I don't recall them set up there last September at the '05 show.
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How strange that a company would create one of the most elegant folders available and be totally lax in both the customer service and sales department. Even a simple site with a way to contact their sales reps would be nice. I did check out your site, Chop, and it makes me proud of my Welsh heritage! However, I would be stoked if their was a way to buy these bikes in Canada (where they are made, right?) and simply ride the thing back over the border into the U.S. (from BC to Seattle). Maybe its a longshot!
I don't live too far from Canada as well and I thought about the same thing. Then I woke up from my dream and thought "What happens if I need service or something breaks?" I would have an orphaned bike and few things are worse than owning a piece of equipment that has almost 100% propietary parts. Do I really want to have to custom make almost everything on the bike if it breaks outside of a few basic parts like wheels, tires and hubs? I quickly smacked myself and thought I should buy a bike rather than something that is almost vaporware! After reading a long while ago about Chop's issues with the company I decided to steer way away from them rather than have to deal with non-existent support.
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Old 03-21-06, 03:11 AM   #8
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How strange that a company would create one of the most elegant folders available and be totally lax in both the customer service and sales department. Even a simple site with a way to contact their sales reps would be nice. I did check out your site, Chop, and it makes me proud of my Welsh heritage! However, I would be stoked if their was a way to buy these bikes in Canada (where they are made, right?) and simply ride the thing back over the border into the U.S. (from BC to Seattle). Maybe its a longshot!
GoBike was designed in Canada but is made in the Far East, hopefully someone will pick up where the hibernating Le Groupe Go(ne) have left off, it would not be too difficult to stiffen up the swing-arm side shimmy, re-route some of the cables. I like the ride and love the look, but it is not, in my opinion, a finished model, it needed a few gremlins sorting before releasing it to the general pubic (sic)
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"What happens if I need service or something breaks?" I would have an orphaned bike and few things are worse than owning a piece of equipment that has almost 100% propietary parts. Do I really want to have to custom make almost everything on the bike if it breaks outside of a few basic parts like wheels, tires and hubs?
Actually a lot of the parts are common to other bikes, The rims, brakes, air-shock, BB, cranks, headset, gearset etc. are all easily available, I haven't checked the hub bearings yet.
One worry would be if a weld gave way on the handlebar stem (as happened on my Birdy, R&M replaced it FOC) then I would have problems locating a replacement or repairing the original.
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