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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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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr11 View Post
    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?
    http://treadrightly.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
    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!
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannihilator View Post
    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.
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannihilator View Post
    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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