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Old 08-18-11, 04:07 PM
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Gravity Bikes from Bikesdirect?

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...liberty_cx.htm

The geometry is like a cross between compact and traditional. Thoughts on the frame? The price is right. I probably spent more repairing my bike than it would cost to just buy a brand new one.
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The frames are decent, they're made in the same factories as all the other name-brand mass market bikes. For what you pay for a BD bike, you basically get the frame for free once you consider what the components cost. I would rock one in a heartbeat, but beware: you will always need to have a mechanic look over a bike that's been shipped by mail (or know how to do it yourself).
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Originally Posted by FunkyStickman
The frames are decent, they're made in the same factories as all the other name-brand mass market bikes.
Sometimes folks confuse "made in the same factories" with "made to the same specifications".

Modern manufacturing facilities are very flexible- they can produce many different variations of the same (or similar) products from the same assembly line. Those products can vary quite a bit with regard to materials, tolerances, fit and finish, etc.

With most consumer goods, a manufacturer "specs out" a product, and a number of suppliers (factories) bid on the contract to make that product. Whichever supplier comes in at the lowest cost will generally win the contract. A supplier will generally be a supplier for multiple contracts - all with different specs.

The fact that two bikes (or toaster ovens or cars or ... ) are made in the same factory doesn't really mean very much.

In fact, if the manufacturer is competent, two bikes produced to the same specs at two different factories will be nearly indistinguishable , where two bikes produced to different specs at the same factory will be very different machines.

That's not a slam at BD - they look to be a very good value, and I have friends who were very happy with their BD bikes.
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I like the upright geometry. This bike seems like another budget winner from BD. $400 for an entry level cross bike thats a great option for commuters as well. I am fairly happy with the Gravity Swift I bought a few weeks ago.
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Originally Posted by adlai
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...liberty_cx.htm

The geometry is like a cross between compact and traditional. Thoughts on the frame? The price is right. I probably spent more repairing my bike than it would cost to just buy a brand new one.
Figure in another $50-75 for a bike shop to go through it and get everything in working order. Unless you're up for doing it yourself. Stuff like adjusting derailleurs, including limit screws and front der toe-in/out, truing wheels, setting headset bearing tension, etc.
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