I think it would be very helpful for many people (like me) if we created a listing of every bike manufacturer with a brief description of the quality of their merchandise. Obviously we cannot cover custom creations, but if you're in the market for that, you don't need this list...except perhaps the parts/accessories sections.
I doubt any single one of us could spec out every brand (I certainly could not), so let's have anyone who is interested in helping reply with your brief comments about a brand or two (or more if you like) that you are familiar enough with. You could include info about types of bikes made, range of quality in line, price/value ratio, links to threads discussing that brand, link to manufacturer's website, etc. I'll compile them all into a list in this post.
If you see mistakes, post the correction.
The format of your comment should be like this:
Item (e.g. Bicycle, Helmet, Clothing, Tires, Locks, Crankset, etc.)
Not the best money can buy, but close to it.
NOTE: The term "Xmart" refers to a bicycle available for purchase through a major department store such as Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, Kmart, etc. Their quality is generally accepted to be the lowest. Do -NOT- continue Xmart quality discussion in this thread. For help in deciding if an Xmart bike is good enough for you or something you should avoid, please read the following threads:
Anything wrong with Target bikes?
Why "X"-Mart bikes suck
Is "Magna" a quality brand?
Costco house brand. Appears to be considerably better than any Xmart bike. Although the price/value ratio is decent, most do not consider it a good deal. Discussion #1 and Discussion #2
PARTS and ACCESSORIES