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Have the Dorel Cannondales hit the market yet...

Old 07-25-08, 08:53 AM
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Have the Dorel Cannondales hit the market yet...

...or are they starting with the '09 models?

Since Cannondale makes all kinds of bikes, I thought the general forum was the way to go with this question...

Thanx!!!
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Old 07-25-08, 07:11 PM
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Old 07-25-08, 09:02 PM
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Um, trolling? NO.

Don't know where you get trolling from.

I want a PRE-Dorel Cannondale, and I'm wondering if I need to look at older models, or if the '08's are still from before the so-called merger.
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Old 07-26-08, 07:45 AM
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Dorel doesn't make bikes.

Cannondale still makes bikes, most of them here in the Northeast.

Got any more trollish questions?
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Since Dorel bought all of Cannondale, even the backstock...there are no non-Dorel Cannondales.

What difference does corporate ownership make?
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Old 07-26-08, 10:39 AM
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What difference does corporate ownership make???

You can't be serious!!! Ask any bike mechanic about the brands Pacific bought up and what happened to the quality of THEIR products!!!
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Old 07-26-08, 11:09 AM
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Yes, we're being serious. Dorel has made their plans for Cannondale very clear. Dorel does not need another cheap brand, but they want to get into the independent shop sector. My LBS dropped Pacific-owned brands several years ago, but they're going to continue carrying Cannondale.

Search for some threads from earlier this year, and go read the statements from both Dorel and Cannondale. We've had this discussion already, so you need to catch up.
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Old 07-26-08, 05:06 PM
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I did catch up...

...and I don't believe them.

What you said about your LBS is interesting though.
How long did it take them to drop the "Pacific umbrella" bikes?
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Old 07-26-08, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by BalooLightning View Post
What you said about your LBS is interesting though.
How long did it take them to drop the "Pacific umbrella" bikes?
Not long, probably. I remember seeing Schwinns in there in 2001 (back when I moved into DC), and they were gone by 2002.

I'm gonna believe Dorel & Cannondale, though. Dorel knows that they're making money at Wal-Mart, but they also know that the cycling community at large hates what happened with Schwinn, GT, and the others that Pacific bought. They know that Cannondale doesn't suck (besides, who would want to buy a company that has no talent and no future? Cannondale's got both..), and they want to maintain a good relationship with independent bike shops.

If anything, I'll bet that, with Dorel's financial backing, you'll see more R&D and more adventurous product offerings coming out of Bedford.
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Old 07-26-08, 07:42 PM
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Let's hope Dorel sees it your way!!!

I really hope you are right on all points!!!

It would be REALLY nice to see a conglomerate actually rescue {I guess Cannondale actually was in some financial distress} and REVIVE a good company, instead of simply raping it for it's name!!!

Perhaps I need to ride more -- helps pump up your optimism!
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Originally Posted by BalooLightning View Post
Perhaps I need to ride more -- helps pump up your optimism!
That must've been what happened to me -- I put in a decent 45 miles today.
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Originally Posted by BalooLightning View Post
You can't be serious!!! Ask any bike mechanic about the brands Pacific bought up and what happened to the quality of THEIR products!!!
I am a mechanic and a shop manager, and am well aware of what happened with Pacific.

All the trade magazines agree that Dorel would be very foolish to trash Cannondale's quality reputation. You don't buy a strong brand and reduce the perceived value.
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Dorel knows they have a gem with Cannondale, and there is a snowball's chance in $Religious_bad_place that they will make cheapie bikes with that brand. Nothing is certain, but I'm pretty sure X-Mart bikes won't be showing up with Lefty forks anytime soon.

What Dorel needs to do is a brand reorganization, similar how GM has brands spanning ranges of cars. Dorel should have Cannondale for the high end, Schwinn for midrange "family" bikes (cruisers, hybrids, etc. with decent componentry), then use Pac Bikes for the X-Mart junk. Schwinn still is a name older people remember and are fond of, and Dorel might be able to carve some market if they started making good bikes under that name (Schwinn Homegrowns, which were excellent dual suspension bikes for their time for example)

Maybe Dorel should also do some serious R&D of their own. I still think what is needed is a high quality internal hub like the Rohloff that can take the rough stuff (dropoffs, sand, trails, partial/total immersion), but not have the price premium. This is perhaps wishful thinking, as the Rohloff is knocking on perfection's door, but a good internal hub on a mountain bike (with more than 12 gears) I think would sell, especially for DH/FR bikes.
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Old 07-27-08, 02:22 PM
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i wonder if they'll change the manufacturing to overseas? that would suck. what would be the point in buying a cannon then?
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Originally Posted by goldfishin View Post
i wonder if they'll change the manufacturing to overseas? that would suck. what would be the point in buying a cannon then?
Some of their bikes were already being made overseas -- the O2 series of MTBs, Adventure comfort bikes, and the carbon Synapse frames.

Cannondale upgraded their carbon fiber factory in Bedford in the past year. Somehow I think they'll use it.
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The people who are panicking need to realize this: The ones who manage millions of dollars of assets know more than you do.
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
The people who are panicking need to realize this: The ones who manage millions of dollars of assets know more than you do.
Yet they are also capable of being complete idiots. Witness the US banking crisis or closer to this discussion, what Pacific has already done to destroy the brand value of every other bike name they've purchased. Maybe Cannondale will be OK, maybe not. I don't know and neither do you.
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Maybe Cannondale will be OK, maybe not.
LOL.

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I think Dorel is in a good position right now, right atop a bike boom. I just hope they know what they are doing, and don't drop the ball while they have it in their possession.

I can't say what's best for them to do... I'm not an MBA. However, I do think they need to make some generic brand for low end X-Mart bikes (or buy Huffy), pitch Schwinn as the "all-American" bike ride, and then work out product placement for their other brands.

Cannondale is the goose that lays the golden eggs; I think they are aware of this... hopefully.
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Originally Posted by AdrianFly View Post
LOL.
Why do you find that amusing?
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Mlts22:

AMEN to that!!!
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Why do you find that amusing?
What, me worry?
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Old 09-13-08, 07:39 AM
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Here we are in Sept. and it's time for Cannondale's pre-buyout CEO to wave bye-bye. However, the guy from Dorel who was supposed to replace him has left that position "for family reasons." Family reasons having at least to do with the job requiring too much traveling.

Ok. NOW where do people stand on whether "pre-Dorel" makes a difference?

I have read in recent threads that the "Handmade in the USA" label has already disappeared from frames. One poster suggested that maybe it was removed in an attempt to start downplaying the USA connection, even if the current models without the label WERE made here. Possibly, they were produced before the merger took full effect. Makes sense to me. Are we entering the dreaded "made in China" phase for Cannondale, despite Dorel's springtime promises that they didn't want to mess with a good thing?
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Originally Posted by BalooLightning View Post
I have read in recent threads that the "Handmade in the USA" label has already disappeared from frames.
Go look for yourself:
https://www.cannondale.com/bikes/09/cusa/benefits.html

Notable changes:
The new carbon/aluminum Six is from Asia;
The alloy Synapse appears to have been moved to Asia (the carbon version was always Asian-made);
Hardtail Caffeine MTBs have lost their USA flags (the CO2 was already Asian-made);
Recreation bikes in the Adventure, Comfort, and Quick series continue to be Asian-made;
Can't see any USA badging on the Slice. (really?)

Still made in the USA:
Judge,
Perp,
Scalpel,
Rush (alloy and carbon),
Moto (new for '09),
Rize (new for '09),
SuperSix, CAAD9,
cylcocross CAAD9 (incl. the new BB30 option ),
Capo,
Touring,
Tandem,
and Law Enforcement.
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First off, I'm not sure why any of the comments are being labelled as "troll" - what exactly does that mean? I'm finding this discussion rather interesting. I have always been a questioning person so the initial comment seems valid to me.

Second, I, too, have been wondering what would be in store for C'dale. Companies buy companies to make money -- and be it right or wrong, someone sees potential in one way or another (personally, I hope it is to continue with higher-end products -- I have two C'dales and love them). The direction they choose is where they THINK they can do best (again, be it right or wrong).

Third, whether the product is made overseas (aka China) or not, some would say that as long as the product is a good one, what does it matter? When many people are willing to call all over the countryside to save a few dollars rather than buying at the LBS (I am NOT affiliated with ANY LBS, by the way) is this not what the consumer is, in effect, saying? ie I want the SAME product for LESS money. Personally, I wish we would all buy as much as possible to support our own local economies, but now I'm back to dreamworld. Full circle!!

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