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View Poll Results: What is your favourite bike maker?
Cannondale 15 16.13%
Specialized 33 35.48%
Kona 11 11.83%
Giant 8 8.60%
Rocky Mountain 4 4.30%
Litespeed 3 3.23%
Ellsworth 4 4.30%
Foes 2 2.15%
Santa Cruz 13 13.98%
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Old 08-31-03, 11:15 AM   #1
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This is a poll on what your favourite bike maker is!
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Old 08-31-03, 11:22 AM   #2
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1 - kona
2 - specialized and giant
3 - hmmmmm
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Old 08-31-03, 11:53 AM   #3
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1. Kona
2. Santa Cruz
3. Specialized

First two for the paint / colour scheme, 3rd for the Horst link.
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ooo forgot santa cruz...they are hot!
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Old 08-31-03, 12:05 PM   #5
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you need to add a lot more options
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Old 08-31-03, 12:41 PM   #6
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Giant makes Specialized, so those can be combined.

I'd go with Cannondale, for their originality. Santa Cruz is too diluted in our culture here ...
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1. Jamis
2.Ellsworth
3.Foes

And I agree, you need a lot more options.
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Old 08-31-03, 01:02 PM   #8
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My #1 is definately the big S!!




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Giant makes Specialized
Ummmmmmm..........no
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Old 08-31-03, 01:02 PM   #9
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Giant makes Specialized, so those can be combined.

I'd go with Cannondale, for their originality. Santa Cruz is too diluted in our culture here ...
Giant and Trek are affiliated. Hence why they both use Bontrager and design each others frames. Marita designs Specialized.
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1. Jamis
2.Ellsworth
3.Foes

And I agree, you need a lot more options.
Thats funny...low end for number one and then two of the most expensive companies available
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Giant makes Specialized, so those can be combined.

I'd go with Cannondale, for their originality. Santa Cruz is too diluted in our culture here ...
But the bikes and designs are only similar and not exacting. The 4bars are even different and the patents purchased are different. So no they can't be combined even if affiliated. They have very distinct flavours.

Santa Cruz is too diluted. Do you mean that there are too many of them or there are too few?
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Old 08-31-03, 01:35 PM   #12
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Giant actually makes Specialized and Trek and i want NO silly arguements on this one. A close friend of mine visited Giant's main factory and warehouse in Taiwan and the place was FULL of specialized and trek frames as well as some other well known brands that i dont remember now. I didnt believe him up untill he showed me pictures and videos of the factory and main wharehouse in Taiwan.

1.Specialized
2.Kona
3.SantaCruz
4.Norco.
5.Cove
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What do you mean more options?
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Adding more choices. Norco (common its canadian), santa cruz etc...it is kind of impossible considering the variety of choices there
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My top 3 in no real order are

1. Ellsworth
2. Santa Cruz
3. Kona

I dont own any of these, never even test ridden them, but they seem to produce the best bikes year in and out
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Giant makes Specialized, so those can be combined.

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NO THEY DO NOT!
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I'd go with Cannondale, for their originality.
That's hilarious!
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Giant actually makes Specialized and Trek and i want NO silly arguements on this one. A close friend of mine visited Giant's main factory and warehouse in Taiwan and the place was FULL of specialized and trek frames as well as some other well known brands that i dont remember now. I didnt believe him up untill he showed me pictures and videos of the factory and main wharehouse in Taiwan.
I want to see those pictures because I don't believe you at all. If that were true then why all the BS with the "innovations" Why not just take the best ideas and lump them into one bike company rather than 15 differant ones. I also notcied you didn't say anything about Gary Fisher. Fisher Trek and Lemond are the same company. Specialized is associated with Meridia (sp) of Europe.
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I don't know about Specialized but certainly some of the low end Treks appear to share the same frame as low end Giants.
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The name Giant is not a misnomer, they are the giants in the industry. They Build frames for Specialized, Kona and other manufacturers. However Giant does not design bikes for Specialized or Kona, they only weld the tubes toghether to the designers spec's.
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Thats right Scooby, they're a manufacturing house. They don't design others bikes. Nor do they do the design of artwort etc, that is sorted by the respective brands.

My Favourites:

1) Cannondale (they're just different Ok)
2) Litespeed ( avery close 2nd to C'Dale though)
3) Speciliazed
4) Giant
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Many companies share the same wearhouses and factories. In fact, most companies don't even own their Asian factories and wearhouses. China, among many other Asian governments, is communist. You can't own a factory or a wearhouse in a communist country. You bring the designs and such to the government and the government builds the bike for you in their factories for really cheap. Most companies with Asian factories don't make their own stuff. They contract the government to make it. Since the equipment and machines to make bike are all pretty much the same, no matter what company it is, and bikes can all be stored the same way, it doesn't suprise me that they would be made and stored in the same places.
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I want to see those pictures because I don't believe you at all. If that were true then why all the BS with the "innovations" Why not just take the best ideas and lump them into one bike company rather than 15 differant ones. I also notcied you didn't say anything about Gary Fisher. Fisher Trek and Lemond are the same company. Specialized is associated with Meridia (sp) of Europe.
I dont really care to show you any pictures since i dont have any intention to quarrel with you. Specialized and many others JUST have their frames made BY Giant in GIANT'S factory. Giant doesnt design specialized, Giant doesnt make the specs or quality control of Specialized frames or anything else .GIANT ONLY WELDS FRAMES FOR OTHERS!.
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easy there math...now back to the fav bike company....

1. Marin
2. Brodie
3. Specialiazed
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I am easy but others arent always.
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