Title says it all.
Title says it all.
Price pressure in the sub $1500 category is intense, and when you drop below
$1000 for a bike it gets really hard to make a frame in the US. Cannondale is
probably the largest US based company with a high percentage of US made
frames. Trek has outsourced most of their aluminum and steel frames to Taiwan
or other east Asian sources, reserving carbon to the US. Carbon forks are more
and more commodity items out of Taiwan or China. The basic cost of a 6061 frame
is not so much in materials, but in the jigs and machines to make frames. If done
semi automated you are going to get killed, if you fully automate you can compete
but the costs are so large you have make a huge number of frames to pay it off.
The capital investments can sink the company if something goes wrong, hence the
push to outsource. Cannondale blew $100M trying to break into motorcycles and
barely survived. Steve
With the road bikes only the 1000 is Taiwanese. All the otheres are US. I emailed Trek so I could here it from them. I did not ask about the MTBs.
"I'm your huckleberry."
MTB, SS MTB, and Road
look at the stickers on the seat tubes. it will say where its made ...
many treks are also made in china (hybrids etc)
i have a trek bike from the late 80s that was made in taiwan (mtb)
Nothing is made in the USA anymore. It is so bad that I had a big sigh of relief when I noticed a resemblance in my son when he was born.
LOLOriginally Posted by Ranger
The best bikes are still made in France.
Je suis une ogre
I'm not so sure I entirely agree with that. Italy makes some fine bikes. And actually you can probably find fine bike manufacturers in just about every first-world country. But I have a whole list of US frame makers which I would have to place before the Italians.Originally Posted by Raiyn
Correct...even if your opinion is wrong!
Cannondale still makes all of its frames in the USA.
Bikes use brakes to stop.
If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.
My Trek came with a "Made In China" sticker on the frame. Doh!
Filed chapter 11 last month.Originally Posted by sch
cannondale filed early in 2003
i heard it recently completed a sale of its assets to a new ownership group and was exiting chapter 11
is there something new???
Yep, I was reading a year old cycle rag the other day....and lost track what year it was.Originally Posted by bandaidman
Klein has a factory about 20 minutes from my house. I didn't even know it until after I went of to school.