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    Cannondale, and US built bikes

    Now that Cannondale is part of the Doral group, will this company just fade away, lose jobs to overseas or will they still be a viable producer of quality bicycles, designed and maybe a few built in the US of A ?
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    Do you know anything about Cannondale's structure now? Or the bike industry in general? Not being facetious, just curious. Or was the question meant to be rhetorical?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportridertex View Post
    Now that Cannondale is part of the Doral group, will this company just fade away, lose jobs to overseas or will they still be a viable producer of quality bicycles, designed and maybe a few built in the US of A ?


    They were acquired in Feb 2008, have they faded much yet? Their frames are made now in Taiwan and all other parts have been made abroad for years. Just because something is made in another country doesn't inherently imply lower quality.
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    My question, are they downsizing the operation in the United States, reducing jobs???
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    Looking at their website it looks like the cadd9s are still made in the USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportridertex View Post
    My question, are they downsizing the operation in the United States, reducing jobs???
    Considering they were acquired two years ago, any downsizing that would have occurred due to the acquisition has already occurred.
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    I got a cannondale box last summer to ship a bike. the box said it was made in china
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeshoup View Post
    Considering they were acquired two years ago, any downsizing that would have occurred due to the acquisition has already occurred.

    Not really. All production hasn't been moved overseas yet. When that happens the Bedford operation will be warehousing and maintenance they've said. Not that the place is really that big to begin with, plant is a lot smaller than you'd expect.

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    Yes, Dorel has shipped Cannondale jobs overseas.
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    A cyclist friend of mine was ranting about C-dale laying off about 200 US framebuilders not to long ago.

    Suffice to say I won't be purchasing a new Cannondale, but will continue to hunt for the US built stuff.
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    All the large US bicycle companies including Trek, Giant, Specialized and Cannondale have had their entry level bicycles made in China for the past few years. Now some of the higher end C-dale frames that were made in the US will be made in Taiwan. The shifting of manufacturing to China has not hurt the other bike manufacturers and I do not think this will mean that C-dale will fade away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corkscrew View Post
    A cyclist friend of mine was ranting about C-dale laying off about 200 US framebuilders not to long ago.

    Suffice to say I won't be purchasing a new Cannondale, but will continue to hunt for the US built stuff.
    So you're staying away from Shimano and Campagnolo components, Continental and Schwalbe tires, etc?

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    Cannondale hired about 70-80 people recently in Bethel, CT. Their engineering is still done there, and their staff are typically avid riders.

    Cannondale is moving all frame production to Taiwan, CAAD9 included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post


    They were acquired in Feb 2008, have they faded much yet? Their frames are made now in Taiwan and all other parts have been made abroad for years. Just because something is made in another country doesn't inherently imply lower quality.
    Not to mention that few components ARE made in the US... so effectively any bike built is going to be loaded with parts "made in another country." Even SRAM, with a US headquarters in Chicago, is making parts in Taiwan and Ireland. Yes, they also manufacture some stuff in the US... but I wonder if you could build a complete bike with that which is made in the US.

    I doubt it.

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    Very few bicycle frames and components are made in the USA.
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    Ha, no. Cannondale's just a sore spot for me.
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    I ride a Cannondale Optima and it's a fine machine. I don't think the quality of Cannondales will decrease when they move manufacturing to Taiwan, I'm sure the engineering will remain top rate.
    I'm curious about what the people who used to do that work here in the US are doing now.
    I don't think they followed the jobs to Taiwan, so I hope they found something close to home.
    Can they still afford to buy a Cannondale if they want one?
    Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColKrenzer View Post
    I don't think they followed the jobs to Taiwan, so I hope they found something close to home.
    Can they still afford to buy a Cannondale if they want one?
    Just curious.
    Have you ever seen Bedford PA? It's like a 2 stoplight town. No way it was big enough to absorb the employees without them moving.

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    You want capitalism? This is capitalism. Build a product more cheaply and sell it for the same price.

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