I was talking with a manager at one of the largest bike shop in San Antonio. He said that bikes in the $2,000 to $8,000 price range bring in the majority of the store's revenue. Out on the sales floor, the majority of road bikes were in that price range. And, at least HALF of the bikes in that price range were "Made in the USA" bikes from Trek or Cannondale.Originally Posted by Joe1946
The best bike shops in the USA strive to have a large selection of bikes that are "pro" quality, or close to pro quality, such as carbon framed bikes with Ultegra drive trains. And, I've never been in a larger, first class bike shop without seeing a large selection of either "Made in USA" Trek bikes or "Made in USA" Cannondale bikes, and many shops carry both.
Yes, the $75 toys sold by K-Mart and Wal-Mart outsell real bikes made by Trek and Cannondale 1,000 to one. But, Wal-Mart Chino-crap is not really a bike. Just a crappy toy, designed for a few months of riding around the block, and then off to the trash heap.
In 2006, the majority of dedicated American cyclists who are looking for a new road bike are going to spend more than $1,000, and bikes in the $2,000 to $8,000 price range will outsell the bikes in the $1,000 to $2,000 price range. That is the market the Trek and Cannondale focus their attention on, and that is why "made in America" road bikes are the first choice of the majority of folks who are truly serious about riding the best bike they can find.