Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    10,479
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Who REALLY makes REI/Novara frames?

    Old thread was pretty much non conclusive.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...cycles-for-REI
    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha
    We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
    Quote Originally Posted by making View Post
    Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.

  2. #2
    one less horse cryptid01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    East Jesus NY
    My Bikes
    are better than yours
    Posts
    5,597
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    REI is in bed with the Sierra Club, who has an anti-mountain bike agenda.

    Shop there only if you want to pay for the privilege of losing trail access.

  3. #3
    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    10,479
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I wasn't aware of this.

    ???

    So do you suppose dollars take precedence over trail concerns in terms of the sale of mtbs?
    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha
    We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
    Quote Originally Posted by making View Post
    Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.

  4. #4
    biked well well biked's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    6,715
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There are a bunch of frame manufacturing plants in Asia, mostly in China and Taiwan. Most of the mainstream bike companies have their frames made at these plants, and the bikes are assembled there as well. A single brand will usually have their various models built at different places, largely depending on how much the model costs. Generally speaking, at this point in time, less expensive bikes are made in China, more expensive bikes (say $1000-$1500 and up roughly) are built in Taiwan. Again, generally speaking. And to be clear, these various plants in Asia are making bikes for different companies, and which companies they're building bikes for might even change from year to year. Bottom line, Novara bikes might be made at two or three different plants in a given year, depending on model, and the next year they might be made at two or three completely different plants from the year before. Or not.

  5. #5
    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    10,479
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for the helpful post. Do you think Merida is one of those plants that will do it for them?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merida_Bikes
    Last edited by Siu Blue Wind; 01-16-10 at 11:30 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha
    We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
    Quote Originally Posted by making View Post
    Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.

  6. #6
    biked well well biked's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    6,715
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Thanks for the helpful post. Do you think Merida is one of those plants that will do it for them?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merida_Bikes
    I don't know. I looked at an industry magazine recently, and the magazine had polled U.S. bike companies, asking where their bikes were manufactured. Of the ones that responded (and there were quite a few), it was clear that each brand has their bikes built at different places, and that each plant makes bikes for different brands. That's the best I can do, sorry.

    Keep in mind, as the bike companies like to point out, the bikes are usually designed in-house. They're basically just contracting out the manufacturing, not the design. A brand like Novara (distributed exclusively by a more general sporting equipment company) might be set up differently than others, maybe another bike company does design the bikes, I don't know. But I think it's a safe bet they're like other brands (as described above) in terms of where they're actually manufactured.

    P.S. Merida was one of the manufacturers on the list, and they do make bikes for a variety of brands. I just don't remember which ones. And again, it's safe to assume that this list did not include all the brands they manufacture bikes for.
    Last edited by well biked; 01-16-10 at 11:53 AM.

  7. #7
    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    10,479
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Again, thanks for the info.

    I guess I'm just wondering in terms of quality, since this thread.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha
    We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
    Quote Originally Posted by making View Post
    Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.

  8. #8
    "I'm OK!" dminor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    The 509
    My Bikes
    1971 Suzuki TS125/factory race kit/AHRMA-legal; 1969 Suzuki TS250/factory race kit; 1967 Suzuki K-15 Hillbilly Trail 80; 1977 Yamaha IT175; 1964 VanTech Scrambler racing frame
    Posts
    12,061
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Most likely it is Giant or Kinesis, who make K2's frames. REI, being a Seattle-based company, has had strong ties with K2 in the past (another Puget Sound-based company); so it would make sense to me that they would choose someone with a track-record known to them when they went shopping for someone to do their 'house-brand' for them.

    Not having owned a Novara, I cannot personally vouch for quality; but there is one thing I know: REI stands behind any product they sell with customer service second to none. All you have to do is go to one of their scratch-and-dent sales and see some of the well-worn, beat-up stuff they've accepted back from customers to realize how liberal their return policy is.

  9. #9
    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    10,479
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Agree about customer service, Doug. I love REI for that reason alone.

    Thanks for the info about the K2 relationship. Good to know.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha
    We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
    Quote Originally Posted by making View Post
    Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.

  10. #10
    "I'm OK!" dminor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    The 509
    My Bikes
    1971 Suzuki TS125/factory race kit/AHRMA-legal; 1969 Suzuki TS250/factory race kit; 1967 Suzuki K-15 Hillbilly Trail 80; 1977 Yamaha IT175; 1964 VanTech Scrambler racing frame
    Posts
    12,061
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Correction: NOT Giant - - Ideal and Kinesis make K2. Sorry.

    Side note: REI started out in downtown Seattle as a little outfit called simply "The Co-Op" - - because that's what it was: a gear co-op started by a handful of people in the Seattle Mountaineers. I bought a pair of snowshoes for my mom back in the early '70s when they had only the one store in Seattle.
    Last edited by dminor; 01-16-10 at 01:03 PM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •