Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-13-12, 09:13 PM   #1
SlimRider
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Raleigh Grand Prix, Giant Innova, Nishiki Sebring, Trek 7.5FX
Posts: 5,804
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Raleigh Purchased by Accell

Expect new changes to take place with both Raleigh and Diamondback. They were purchased just this past Spring during the last week of May 2012, by the Dutch company, ACCELL. The ACCELL GROUP already owns about a dozen bicycle brands already, including Ghost, Redline, Koga, and Batavus, just to name a few.

Reference:

http://raleighuk.wordpress.com/2012/...uires-raleigh/

www.bicycleretailer.com/news/newsDetail/6829.html

Last edited by SlimRider; 08-13-12 at 10:03 PM.
SlimRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-12, 09:46 PM   #2
no1mad
Thunder Whisperer
 
no1mad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NE OK
Bikes: '06 Kona Smoke
Posts: 8,662
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
According to the link you provided, it was pending approval from German regulators. However, according to this from Accel's own site, it appears to have been a done deal. But then again, Raleigh isn't listed among their portfolio listings...

If they really valued the Raleigh brand and if they actually now own the company, you'd think that they would've updated their brand directory to reflect that by now.
__________________
Community guidelines
no1mad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-12, 10:04 PM   #3
SlimRider
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Raleigh Grand Prix, Giant Innova, Nishiki Sebring, Trek 7.5FX
Posts: 5,804
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
According to the link you provided, it was pending approval from German regulators. However, according to this from Accel's own site, it appears to have been a done deal. But then again, Raleigh isn't listed among their portfolio listings...

If they really valued the Raleigh brand and if they actually now own the company, you'd think that they would've updated their brand directory to reflect that by now.

You're right No1mad.

Thanks!
SlimRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-12, 11:22 PM   #4
Mobile 155
Senior Member
 
Mobile 155's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: So Cal
Bikes: 72-76 Peugeot, 89 Klein Quantum Road Bike,2011 CF Specialized Tarmac road bike. 2013 Haro FL Comp 29er MTB.
Posts: 3,558
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 78 Post(s)
Not a bad company. Now I know why Lapierre is in Seattle. But I didn't see Diamond Back listed. Not sure that name can be saved in an upscale market. It isn't beyond a holding company to cherry pick for a name they want to get rid of one that they don't. Chrysler once bought a whole car company just to get Jeep and let the rest go.

Last edited by Mobile 155; 08-13-12 at 11:59 PM.
Mobile 155 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-12, 12:01 AM   #5
Savagewolf
KingoftheMountain wannabe
 
Savagewolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Independence, Oregon
Bikes: V.O. Pass Hunter & Specialized Hardrock
Posts: 1,157
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just curious, what's with all of the Diamondback-related threads lately, Slim? You've been very vocal about them and I'm curious what your interest is.
Savagewolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-12, 01:03 AM   #6
SlimRider
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Raleigh Grand Prix, Giant Innova, Nishiki Sebring, Trek 7.5FX
Posts: 5,804
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Savagewolf View Post
Just curious, what's with all of the Diamondback-related threads lately, Slim? You've been very vocal about them and I'm curious what your interest is.
Believe it or not. It's a total fluke!

First, I read that article in Cycling news over the INTERNET about the Podium 7. Then I went to the DB website and noticed a bunch of quality bikes that I was never aware of, designed by the DB company. I then went to the Dick Sporting Goods website, just to see if the Podium 6 or 7 was being sold online there. I saw that they weren't being sold online and that made me wonder why not?

I then had two simultaneous revelations. First, DB was holding back their very best from Dick's for some reason and secondly, DB actually had better bikes than I could ever have imagined. DB was indeed not the mediocre bicycle company that I always thought it had been. Dick's Sporting Goods while really not the best, was much better than an Xmart outlet. Better than I even thought it was in the beginning. They actually have bicycle mechanics working inside of their stores. I did not even know that!

Then today, while looking up some DB information, I ran across the fact that the whole Raleigh Company had been sold, including Diamondback. That threw me for a loop!

How is it, that just about the time I get an epiphany about Diamondback, I hear that they got sold!?! ...Go figure!

Now I'm wondering just what's really going to happen to DB and DKS, alike!

Last edited by SlimRider; 08-14-12 at 01:06 AM.
SlimRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-12, 10:53 AM   #7
no1mad
Thunder Whisperer
 
no1mad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NE OK
Bikes: '06 Kona Smoke
Posts: 8,662
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by azforme View Post
Thanks. While I am commuting, I'll also use this to serve the purpose as my main cardio workout. I really don't carry anything with me that would require me to equip the bike with racks or such. I'm also in AZ, so no need for fenders or mud guards since it's bone dry here. Would you recommend a mid level road bike or a commuter based on this? This is a nice commuter but at the top end of my range:

http://www.carbonconnection.com/lite...ban-city-bike/
You realize that the Litespeed you linked to is only for the frame? If that is at the upper end of your budget, then how are you gonna afford to build it up?
__________________
Community guidelines
no1mad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-12, 11:22 AM   #8
no1mad
Thunder Whisperer
 
no1mad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NE OK
Bikes: '06 Kona Smoke
Posts: 8,662
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
Interesting how this thread has veered off course...

I wouldn't imagine the 2012's to be really discounted at this time. Seems like the 2013s come with a slightly higher price tag (at least on the models I have any chance of getting), so the 2012s are already cheaper. Just boils down to availability, paint/graphics, and any component changes.
__________________
Community guidelines
no1mad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-12, 11:54 AM   #9
SlimRider
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Raleigh Grand Prix, Giant Innova, Nishiki Sebring, Trek 7.5FX
Posts: 5,804
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So, at any rate, I'm now waiting for the Accell group to show its hole card. Hopefully, the Podium 7 was just a brief introduction for things to come.

I am also hoping that they will expand upon the DKS website, by including bikes like the Podium 7, the Interval Elite, and the Sortie Black 29er.
SlimRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-12, 02:05 PM   #10
Mobile 155
Senior Member
 
Mobile 155's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: So Cal
Bikes: 72-76 Peugeot, 89 Klein Quantum Road Bike,2011 CF Specialized Tarmac road bike. 2013 Haro FL Comp 29er MTB.
Posts: 3,558
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 78 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
So, at any rate, I'm now waiting for the Accell group to show its hole card. Hopefully, the Podium 7 was just a brief introduction for things to come.

I am also hoping that they will expand upon the DKS website, by including bikes like the Podium 7, the Interval Elite, and the Sortie Black 29er.
You do know that the Podium 6 and 7 are sold at Performance, or have been. They are suspeciously simular to the CF Schwinn bikes, Series 8 and 9 except with SRAM (and a bit like Performance house brand Scattante?) The hard sell is they sit side by side with Fuji and Focus that has a better reputation with people willing to part with the money for a $2500.00 to $5000.00 road bike. It isn't that a Diamondback would be a bad buy with Ultegra as in the Podium 6s case but enthusiasts see Diamondbacks at places like DSG and assume the bikes are maybe in the same class of quality? If then a rider can get a Focus, Fuji, or other name brand that other club riders ride or that they see in races they will be more likely to part with their hard earned money for a "department Store" bike or a better known road bike? Not that the Series 6-7 are department store bikes.
Mobile 155 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-12, 02:20 PM   #11
iheartbacon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 456
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You can buy a Podium 5 from Amazon. It's on my wish list. Have to wait until I move out on my own, no space.
http://www.amazon.com/Diamondback-20...I24UDRPXZF7PAW
iheartbacon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-12, 05:17 PM   #12
no1mad
Thunder Whisperer
 
no1mad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NE OK
Bikes: '06 Kona Smoke
Posts: 8,662
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
I'm still trying to figure out this latest push by DB into the higher end roadie market- regardless of their sales outlets. Their bread and butter has been the mtb sector, while Raleigh (though being a full line) has been more road orientated.

Take a look at the Masi/Haro dynamic. Masi is strictly road/cx, Haro takes care of the bmx, mtb, cruiser/comfort hybrid markets. Very little overlap.

But for some reason, DB has been morphing more into a direct competitor for Raleigh sales than complimentary...
__________________
Community guidelines
no1mad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-12, 08:59 PM   #13
SlimRider
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Raleigh Grand Prix, Giant Innova, Nishiki Sebring, Trek 7.5FX
Posts: 5,804
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
I'm still trying to figure out this latest push by DB into the higher end roadie market- regardless of their sales outlets. Their bread and butter has been the mtb sector, while Raleigh (though being a full line) has been more road orientated.

Take a look at the Masi/Haro dynamic. Masi is strictly road/cx, Haro takes care of the bmx, mtb, cruiser/comfort hybrid markets. Very little overlap.

But for some reason, DB has been morphing more into a direct competitor for Raleigh sales than complimentary...
Perhaps, they might be thinking of building it up, just for the purpose of selling the brand. I mean, when Raleigh has every type of bike imaginable, why does it need a brand with a mediocre history?

While Diamondback at one time was known for both its Mountain and BMX bikes, I don't think the Diamondback brand carries as much weight as it once did. When MTN biking enthusiasts think of DH racing or serious single tracking, I wouldn't think that the name or brand ,"Diamondback" , enters into the conversation that much, if at all.

I'm really curious now, as to how all of this is going to really play out...
SlimRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:37 PM.