The design and weld set are signifigantly different on most bikes. While they aren't 'european' or 'handmade' (two buzzwords that will never mean anything to me as I have never been convinced hand made is better) they are generally far superior in quality in strength.Originally posted by Inoplanetyanin
Now, I am not talking about classic, expensive bicycles or ones from Europe, but all bikes that are sold at supermarkets, are made either in China, Taiwan, Thailad or other Asian country with low labor rates.
I will give you one thing there are crap bikes being sold for too much. And some designs are so old or the r&d has been payed for that the price should be dropped. (single pivot bikes should NOT be so damn expensive arg...) but for the most part if you do some research you do get what you payed for.
But being factory made or even made in china does NOT mean lower quality. Frame materials also cause a difference in strenght as does how the material is shaped. I could go on but don't feel the need and I really don't have the engineering background but the difference in materials, design, weight shape of the tubing all allow for more expensive frames that MAY look similar but aren't. There is a signifigant strenght difference in a lot of cases. But hey who am I to comment I have never OWNED one.
I will also give you another point. Some tubing made is mass produced and sold to multiple companies making some of the lower end frames look the same and some higher end frames look similar...either way I am rambling and I really didn't want to jump into this conversation as I don't think you will actually take anything I say into account anyways. You may not need the higher quality but know a couple of things
a) THERE IS A DIFFERENCE in quality. Sometimes it is less than signifigant but often the different means a stiff stronger material especially when comparing different styles of welding on different materials of aluminum for example. Then we get into carbon fibre and Titanium and there is even more of a difference.
Here is a link with some very basic frame information on material strenghts / costs etc...
http://www.ecmtb.com/frontpage.htm click on "whats in a frame"
b) the components although made by the same company work in very different degrees of smoothness / weight / durability. You may not need the best but the difference is noticable.
Again enjoy the trip the ride across Canada is stunning (flat in some parts. Just let go and coast the praries are pretty dull) but Northern Ontario / quebec and the east coast are sites to behold (I love newfie land ). Not to mention BC