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refisant 06-03-13 03:55 PM

The best brand for bikes
 
Wanted to get people's opinions on this matter.

no1mad 06-03-13 04:32 PM

Honestly, it doesn't really matter. Virtually every mass produced model- regardless of brand- are made in the same handful of factories in Asia.

fietsbob 06-03-13 04:42 PM

yea, Break it down further a few Taiwan Based companies Giant and Merida and a couple others,

actually make them all .. It's the nature of contract manufacturing .
its all about the specifics of the contract. drawn up with the different Importers.

BMC is Swiss, they invested in automated manufacturing ..

Orbea is a Mondragon worker owned CoOperative, Corporation, Based in the Basque region of NE Spain.

Trek only makes the Carbon Madones in The USA, the rest is TW contract manufacturing..

Other than that it's just a 'I Got a ..X ..' Popularity contest ..

I have a Pinarello A Bridgestone , A Brompton, A Bike Friday. A Koga Miyata. and
a couple made For me Or By me from the tube-set or the refuse bin and repair parts.

Retro Grouch 06-03-13 04:53 PM

I'm really more interested in how and where they are marketed.

fietsbob 06-03-13 04:56 PM

How about, What's Your favorite West Coast Container Port of Entry ?

Oakland , Tacoma or Long Beach?

J.C. Koto 06-03-13 04:56 PM

the one that you ride.

GamblerGORD53 06-03-13 05:02 PM

Sturmey Archer

xuwol7 06-03-13 05:33 PM

Vintage Peugeot esp. PX-10

tcarl 06-03-13 09:22 PM

OK, I'll post a real brand for the OP: Waterford. Of course, that's just a frame. All of the parts will be the same Sram/Shimano/Campagnolo as the parts on every other bike out there.

vol 06-03-13 10:12 PM

You forgot Raleigh? What I want to know is, how does Raleigh compare to Cannondale?

rekmeyata 06-03-13 10:59 PM

Modern: Lynskey, and Mercian and any other bike not made anywhere in Asia. Vintage: too many to chose and remain sane.

buffalowings 06-03-13 11:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vol (Post 15701881)
You forgot Raleigh? What I want to know is, how does Raleigh compare to Cannondale?

Raleigh and Diamondback are very similar (owned by the same parent company, heck the naming schemes are just about the same).

Camilo 06-03-13 11:45 PM

What is this "trek" I read about?

J.C. Koto 06-04-13 12:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Camilo (Post 15702069)
What is this "trek" I read about?

I dunno either, I think it's a bike ridden by a guy named Stretch Armstrong or something or other.

spectastic 06-04-13 12:42 AM

Wasn't he related to that fighter jet pilot that shot down the moon?

Machka 06-04-13 04:06 AM

Best ... for what purpose?

Garfield Cat 06-04-13 05:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Retro Grouch (Post 15700791)
I'm really more interested in how and where they are marketed.

Grab a few bike magazines and spend time making a list of all the ads for bikes and accessories. Don't exclude the European and Asian magazines. That would be a start.

Garfield Cat 06-04-13 06:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Machka (Post 15702307)
Best ... for what purpose?

The best could mean best in terms of engineering to accommodate the purpose: downhill racers, trail riding, cross, road. Then the categories could go tandems, recumbents, unicycles.

The best engineered designed bikes with the latest materials science and fluid dynamics for the purpose. That would be what I would consider best. Also, cutting edge. The best of the engineering design consistently in the forefront. Not just a "me too" copy a few years later.

Astrozombie 06-04-13 06:09 AM

I'm curious what percentage of Italian bikes are actually made in Italy.....

Wanderer 06-04-13 06:16 AM

Nonsensical poll, to say the least..................... would fit, though, on the 41.

Machka 06-04-13 07:33 AM

It is nonsensical ... if a person is looking for a bicycle, one of the first things to do would be to determine the purpose of the bicycle. If the purpose is to ride on rough trails, no brand of road bicycle would be the best for that.

MRT2 06-04-13 07:44 AM

QBP (Salsa/Surly/All City, etc)

vol 06-04-13 07:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by buffalowings (Post 15702036)
Raleigh and Diamondback are very similar (owned by the same parent company, heck the naming schemes are just about the same).

Thanks, didn't know that.
So how does Raleigh compare to Cannondale? I've heard opposite opinions.

fietsbob 06-04-13 08:12 AM

I vote for Custom, hand made specifically for you, by a person. that person
may paint their name on the frame.

or , maybe put your name on it if you ask..

vol 06-04-13 08:25 AM

Should it be a factor what type of bikes is in question? Maybe some brands are better in road bikes, some in hybrid, some MTB, etc.? Or is a good brand good in overall aspects?


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