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Old 03-12-08, 10:58 AM
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I know that Trek makes the high end Madone road bike series in the U.S. What I really want to know is what other bikes are made in the North America or Europe? Anyone make hybrids? Believe it or not, I would rather pay more for a bike made here for a variety of reasons. I can live without lattes or movies or eating out for a month to get a bike made here. I have been shopping in the 1K price range and would consider paying half again as much if it was made here.
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I'm not sure about other bikes, but I'm pretty sure that Kona is based in Washington/British Columbia. I could be wrong? They make hybrids.
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Worksman has been making bicycles in New York for one hundred and ten years now.
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It depends on what you mean by "made", too. Generally that means the frame is made there, and components can come from all over.

As for American-made bikes, I think you have some high-end custom type makers. And you have Worksman, www.worksmancycles.com. I just happen to have one of their bikes, review is buried over in the Clydesdale forum somewhere. Industrial-cruiser type bikes.

Perhaps consider some vintage bikes, where it is a bit easier to find made-in-the-USA stuff.

Another option: https://www.cokercycles.com/v2.htm
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Old 03-12-08, 12:38 PM
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What about Breezer?
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Old 03-12-08, 12:45 PM
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Rocky Mountain is made here in Canada. Some of their more exotic models are also hand crafted, but *all* of them have handbuilt wheels.

I've never been happier with a bike than with my Rocky.
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Most,if not all Cannondales are made in the US.
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I have a Dawes and they are made in Canada.

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Thanks for the tip. Kind of like Kona. I consider them 'Indy' brands and I like that in a bike.
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Thanks for the tip. Kind of like Kona. I consider them 'Indy' brands and I like that in a bike.
Used to like Kona when they made bikes out of Tubing. Now most of them seem to be made out of Pressed plate and in no way do they have the quality that they used to. Components gone down- ride quality not as good as it used to be- but prices kept down to the level of the Mass producers.
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this has a lot of details
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These are great worker bikes! I see a very bright future for these guys (after the first 100+ years) as their bikes are true utility. I am going to keep an eye on these.

As for American-made bikes, I think you have some high-end custom type makers. And you have Worksman, www.worksmancycles.com. I just happen to have one of their bikes, review is buried over in the Clydesdale forum somewhere. Industrial-cruiser type bikes.
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most of the small 'cottage' bike frame manufacturers are made in the US or canada.

looking for a hybrid?

you can modify any of the surlys (like a pugsley or a karate monkey) into a decent hybrid.
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RE: Dawes

These look really nice. From what I gather, they are made in Britain and are not available here. But I sure like the specs and it looks like they come in a lot more sizes. If only I still worked in corporate america and could wangle a trip to the UK.....
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this has a lot of details
This is a fantastic link. Thank you.
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Lots of bikes made here ( and by our Canadian friends ) if you look. Aren't Cervelo made in Canada as well?
My LBS carries Rockies mountain bikes, and they look pretty decent.
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As I restore my vintage Schwinn, it's remarkable to see number of components that are used were either made in Germany, France, or Japan, and it's even more remarkable to even think that they were once considered "low cost" labor markets.
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What about Breezer?
They're designed in the USA but made in Taiwan.
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..... if it was made here.
About 100 miles South of you are some framebuilders;

Paul at Rock Lobster Cycles rocklobstercycles.com 831-429-8010

Rick at Hunter Cycles hunterbicycles.com 831-761-3528

Craig at Calfee Design calfeedesign.com 831-728-1859


or SACRAMENTO;

Steve at Rex Cycles rexcycles.com 916-446-5706

or SANTA ROSA;

Jeremy at Sycip Designs sycip.com 707-542-6359
 
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As far as I know, Marin makes its bikes in California. I'm quite happy with my Marin hybrid (2005 San Rafael).
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Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
Most,if not all Cannondales are made in the US.
That's not really the case anymore since pretty much all of their lower end models are now made overseas.
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That's not really the case anymore since pretty much all of their lower end models are now made overseas.
The only Cannondale frames not made in the USA were the first two years of the Synapse carbon fiber frame. All of their aluminum frames have been drawn and welded in their Bedford, PA facility. Their lower end models start at $750, pretty steep for a cheap Asian made frame with bottom end Shimano components.
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A lot of misinformation here: currently Kona, Dawes, Marin and Cervelo are all sourced in Asia. Go look at Cannondale: a large fraction of their line is still made in the US. That and the high end Treks are about it until you go to some mid to low volume producers like Lightspeed, Guru (Canada), etc....
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This is a fantastic link. Thank you.
Agree. Enjoyed reading it.
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jemroyl, you're right. I checked my frame recently while i was cleaning and noticed the "made in Vietnam" sticker on my Kona Hahanna.
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