I'm interested in a manufacture who doesn't have any dealers in my country. I can easily buy the bicycle and have it shipped to me. What is not so easy is test riding the different models or frame sizes to see which suits me best.
I have considered traveling to another country to make a few test rides, but the problems I keep running into are the dealer websites are in a foreign language, lack of information on what bikes are in store, nothing about their test ride policies, the majority of dealers don't even have websites and that list goes on. It seems like going out of my country to test ride could turn into an expensive nightmare with no results.
In this kind of situation is contacting the manufacture or distributor direct helpful? I mean will they be able to help? It has been my experience in the past that manufactures and distributors usually pass you on to dealers.
Anyone have any experience with this kind of situation. Or know anything about how the bike manufacture tends to handle these kind of situations?