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Old 10-21-16, 05:55 PM   #1
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All-City - interesting blog today

All Respect to the Craftspeople: Handmade in Taiwan

Say what you want about QBP brands but I do appreciate Surly and All-City publishing these kind of articles. I love to see how frames I ride were made. Yes, it is part clever marketing but no one else goes into such details (as far as I know). I also had a chance to talk and exchange emails with several employees from both AC and Surly and were all such cool guys and gals.

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Old 10-21-16, 06:39 PM   #2
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Fun article. Thank you for posting the link.
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Good for them. We can't all afford bespoke, locally made frames, and the fact is a lot of beautiful, extremely high quality frames are made in Taiwan and other countries by talented craftspeople.

Its always bugged me that, in the USA at least, a lot of brands (bike and otherwise) do everything in their power to hide the imported origin of their products and insinuate a local origin through marketing and reuse of old company names. One or two bike companies come to mind.
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Good for them. We can't all afford bespoke, locally made frames, and the fact is a lot of beautiful, extremely high quality frames are made in Taiwan and other countries by talented craftspeople.

Its always bugged me that, in the USA at least, a lot of brands (bike and otherwise) do everything in their power to hide the imported origin of their products and insinuate a local origin through marketing and reuse of old company names. One or two bike companies come to mind.
I really like that - tell me where my frame came from. I respect AC and Surly for doing exactly that (I believe VO and Riv also do not hide origins of their frames and parts). What really stood out for me in that AC blog - pictures came out natural, naked if you will. Just look at the ones with kettle and employee lunch, shots of work place - no sterile big factory, feels very human, just like local shops in my hometown. And I loved seeing actual people's faces.
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Fun article. Thank you for posting the link.
Was my pleasure to share!
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