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Old 03-14-13, 12:34 PM   #1
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Walmart!

I just saw that Walmart is now offering a Hyper bike with Cam Zink's name on it. (I seem to remember Hyper being a big BMX name...when did they end up in Walmart?). http://www.walmart.com/ip/26-Hyper-C...Black/21616173

While I'm a bit amused that is has a chainguide, and it does look a little better than most of Walmart's offerings, what really caught my eye was this: http://www.walmart.com/ip/DK-Xenia-26-BMX-Bike/17012261
And this: http://www.walmart.com/ip/DK-Dayton-...-Bike/17012260
Whoa! Those actually look legit. When did Walmart start selling legit bikes? I don't know when DK ended up in Walmart either, but if someone came to me and said they absolutely had no bike shops to go to, I think I might actually tell them to pick up one of those over something from BikesDirect. I bet they're heavy, but you can do a lot worse. If they're constructed by Walmart employees, you might want to check their assembly, but hey, BD bikes don't come assembled either.

I think that's what I'm going to do now. Every time I see someone suggesting BikesDirect, I'm going to suggest a Walmart DK.
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Hey that xenia has a bb5...that's kinda neat
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Just did a little reading - - Hyper's MTB product development program is headed up by Eric Carter. Wow, EC on a WalmMart Hyper? . . . coming to a race near you. Fascinating.

http://www.hyperbicycles.com/bmx/history
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Along with a full cromo frame and 3-piece cranks. I've seen crappier BMX bikes in bike stores. Sucks that you're lining the Walmart corporate guys' pockets, and neither is a great bike, but you could certainly do a lot worse. I'd ride either one of them.
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Holy crap - - there's even a Pablo/Corsair connection to all this:

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Hyper-B...igns-Zink.html
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Wait, Corsair like Corsair? Hm, if a Marque shows up at Walmart, I'll bite.
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And like all WalMart bikes, they're assembled by the same clerk who assembles the 20" Pink bikes with wheels way out of tru, brakes not set correctly and derailer/shifter combos that send chains into the spokes or completely off the chainwheels.
IMHO, don't severe those ties with your bike shop just yet.
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And like all WalMart bikes, they're assembled by the same clerk who assembles the 20" Pink bikes with wheels way out of tru, brakes not set correctly and derailer/shifter combos that send chains into the spokes or completely off the chainwheels.
IMHO, don't severe those ties with your bike shop just yet.
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if someone came to me and said they absolutely had no bike shops to go to, I think I might actually tell them to pick up one of those over something from BikesDirect. I bet they're heavy, but you can do a lot worse. If they're constructed by Walmart employees, you might want to check their assembly, but hey, BD bikes don't come assembled either.

I think that's what I'm going to do now. Every time I see someone suggesting BikesDirect, I'm going to suggest a Walmart DK.
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Wait, Corsair like Corsair? Hm, if a Marque shows up at Walmart, I'll bite.
Same Pablo - - same Corsair. Pablo is still Corsair's designer and part-owner AFAIK but Corsair was sold to AtomLab.
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I saw a Cannondale 29er (don't remember the model) on the floor at Costco a couple of months ago. Maybe the big chains are wisening up?
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I saw a Cannondale 29er (don't remember the model) on the floor at Costco a couple of months ago. Maybe the big chains are wisening up?
Nope, that was a big screw-up the rep who did that got in really big trouble.
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Can you get those bikes with colorful streamers? Those make a great sound on single track and look B)tchin!
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Nope, that was a big screw-up the rep who did that got in really big trouble.

was just reading about that. Somebody lost a job.
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Wow - - a lot of interesting stuff surrounding this - - Costco buyers poking around Interbike and Mike Sinyard playing a little dirty pool. The drama . . . .
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Diamond Back sold their soul to any marketing arm that would put their bikes on the floor like Dick's Sporting Goods.. I wonder about Salsa selling through Sports Authority. You don't get the most discerning buyers. But someone with some pull must have thouht it was a good idea.
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Diamond Back sold their soul to any marketing arm that would put their bikes on the floor like Dick's Sporting Goods.. I wonder about Salsa selling through Sports Authority. You don't get the most discerning buyers. But someone with some pull must have thouht it was a good idea.
Salsa at Sports Authority? i couldn't find any on their website or any reference to it on the web.
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i saw a Scott Scale in the discount bin down at Dollar General last week
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Nope, that was a big screw-up the rep who did that got in really big trouble.
Good poiont. Back in the late 90's, Derby made a move like that with the Nishiki brand, selling their bikes through big box stores. That's exactly what killed Nishiki in the US.
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