If they'd put the decals loose in the box, I'd buy 2 or 3 of 'em.
Seriously, if you do your own wrenching, the bikes are more than decent.
But if you don't know your wrenches.... you're better off cozying up to a LBS. A BD bike is what YOU make of it. You can make it into a killer machine. Or you can make it into a machine that kills you. But YOU are the artisan, the craftsman, the ultimate creator of what you get.
Seriously, he (Mike) needs to decide whether he's selling cheap generic umm crap or if he's building a brand.
If he's selling cheap generic crap then nobody wants his damn stickers on it telling the world, YEP, I'M RIDING CHEAP GENERIC CRAP BECAUSE I'M TOO CHEAP TO BUY THE REAL THING.
If he's building a brand, then he needs to 1) pick a brand and stick with it and 2) stop selling it like its cheap generic crap. IE. "this bike is 2x the price elsewhere". No, that bike isn't 2x the price elsewhere. its the same price whether we buy it on ebay, or walk into one of your stores and buy it.
Pick your price and sell it (and the more you can let it sell itself, the better), but don't sell the price comparision, because doing so makes you the perpetual knock off, the me too screaming for attention in the already crowded sea of predatory originals. The lowest common denominator who can never add value, who can only copy copy copy and lower price.
It's the archetype of everything annoying about chinese and indian knock offs of people who actually bother to do real design work in all fields of design. From knock off LV bags, to indian clones of popular websites, to chinese Jinbei minivans, to copies of a 30yr old 125ccc honda motorcycle, to watches that Rolex never dreamed of designing yet still say Rolex.... they always say its the same thing... just as good.... yet, inevitably, if you look close enough.... it never really quite is just as good.
But for the money, it just might be way more than good enough.
Now if only they were secure enough with themselves to trust in that. And leave stickers in the box, so I can create my own masterpiece from the ingredients they provide.
Last edited by nycphotography; 08-24-07 at 12:58 AM.