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Old 02-04-08, 09:48 AM
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Cannondale Aquired by Dorel

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"Pacific Cycle will become a stand-alone division with an exclusive focus on mass merchant customers."

Does this mean GT will start designing and manufacturing exclusively for mass merchant customers as well?
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They'll have to rename it Canadadale. Actually, Dorel is from Montreal, so it will be Le Canadiendale.
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They'll have to rename it Canadadale. Actually, Dorel is from Montreal, so it will be Le Canadiendale.
As someone on my mountain bike club forum wrote, will the bikes now sport stickers "Proudly Made in USA and owned by Canadians"?

I happen to pass by the Dorel office every day on my way home. I am not a fan of Dorel given their past of hiding known defects that caused infant deaths. That kind of thing is hard to forgive and forget.
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As someone on my mountain bike club forum wrote, will the bikes now sport stickers "Proudly Made in USA and owned by Canadians"?

I happen to pass by the Dorel office every day on my way home. I am not a fan of Dorel given their past of hiding known defects that caused infant deaths. That kind of thing is hard to forgive and forget.
I heard that Cannondale was having some financial difficulties. The good news is that they don't make infant bikes.
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Old 02-04-08, 12:34 PM
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I heard that Cannondale was having some financial difficulties. The good news is that they don't make infant bikes.
Dorel started out selling baby furniture and accessories. It's from these lines that the infant deaths occured. It's only later that they started acquiring the bicycle companies. They still own and operate several baby brands of merchandise.
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Maybe they'll bring back the moto.
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Maybe they'll bring back the moto.
Thats what got them in trouble in the first place.
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Wow, the guy who mentioned a Pacific/Cannondale connection a few months back was actually correct.....
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"Proudly Made in USA and pwn3d by Canadians"?
Sorry, I might have read that wrong, my apologies to everyone.
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I hope the acquisition benefits the Cannondale brand. We'll see.
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I hope the acquisition benefits the Cannondale brand. We'll see.
I'll be skeptical for a while. Having been through a merger, I have found that a lot of the ideas and direction communicated up front are not where the company ultimately heads. We can only wait and see.
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Dorel started out selling baby furniture and accessories. It's from these lines that the infant deaths occured. It's only later that they started acquiring the bicycle companies. They still own and operate several baby brands of merchandise.
Well, when you've met your "injuring baby" goals, the next logical step is to start manufacturing sh*tty bikes to hurt toddlers and children. Clearly, they feel they are on track with this goal and the next move is to enter the adult cyclist market. Glad I got my R1000 before this. It will be interesting to see where things go from here.
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Get your lefty forks now before Dorel messes everything up. In a few weeks these guys will fire anyone who does anything innovative.
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I won't be waiting to see what happens.. I'm not buying another cannondale.
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I wouldn't expect anything to happen right away. The most probably out come is off shoring of some the bikes currently being made. I imagine that C-dale will get slightly less innovative in the long run but it will need to still have good support if Doral is going to truely make the move to an upper level bike brand.

This announcement would not prevent me from getting a C-dale today. In the future, it could be different but the products will remain the same as they currently are. Even the off-shoring will take some time to get in place. It will be interesting to watch for sure.
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I wouldn't expect anything to happen right away. The most probably out come is off shoring of some the bikes currently being made. I imagine that C-dale will get slightly less innovative in the long run but it will need to still have good support if Doral is going to truely make the move to an upper level bike brand.

This announcement would not prevent me from getting a C-dale today. In the future, it could be different but the products will remain the same as they currently are. Even the off-shoring will take some time to get in place. It will be interesting to watch for sure.
I doubt the off-shoring wil make any difference to the end product, ever. Will it lower costs? Probably. Paying somebody in Taiwan half of what you would pay a 'merican for equivalent work means reduced costs, and cost control is key to any business. I don't think the "innovation" will suffer either. There's pretty much nothing innovative on the road side anymore, and the mtn side is mostly single-pivot designs dating back to the 90's. There was the Lefty, but that was the answer to a question that probably didn't need to be asked.
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I love the lefty! Very nice.

I'm not saying quality will suffer, but thanks for pointing out that I didn't. The only thing I am wondering about is if some of the tube manipulation will be lessened.

What I mean by less innovation is that it will probably not push the envelope as much, like its oversized head tubes, the outboard bearings and such. It may become more of a follower as it costs money to create new products. As you said cost control is key so this may the area that suffers.

Still looking for good things from it though!
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I wonder what my ex-coworkers are feeling about this. I used to work at a Cannondale dealer, but switched to a different shop back in January.
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I wonder what my ex-coworkers are feeling about this. I used to work at a Cannondale dealer, but switched to a different shop back in January.
The shop I use has been looking to carry other brands. I'd heard about this through my buddy (the shop owner) a few weeks back.
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My shops been talking about the implications, I can't speak for the owner but uneasily waiting to see is the general consensus.
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Maybe they'll bring back the moto.
I had a speed for a few years....what a beast!
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This has been discussed pretty heavily over in the Road forum --

Basically, the expectation/hope is that Dorel stays "on their side of the office", so to speak, and lets Cannondale continue doing what they know best. Dorel's pretty much beaten the cheap bike market into submission, so now they want to get in on the boutique, independent dealer-owned market.

Hopefully they understand that they'll lose that market (and their investment) if they stifle Cannondale's efforts.
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When I was a bit younger I was at my LBS and I saw a pretty pricey Cannondale so I asked the guy how much it cost. His answer was "more than your first car will." What I find funny is that now I'll be able to buy myself a Canondale for $99 when I go to Walmart to buy a bag of chips or something.
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
This has been discussed pretty heavily over in the Road forum --

Basically, the expectation/hope is that Dorel stays "on their side of the office", so to speak, and lets Cannondale continue doing what they know best. Dorel's pretty much beaten the cheap bike market into submission, so now they want to get in on the boutique, independent dealer-owned market.

Hopefully they understand that they'll lose that market (and their investment) if they stifle Cannondale's efforts.
It really does worry me though since the majority of the money in bike sales comes from low end department stores. It would seem pretty tempting to use the high end Cannondale name on department store bikes to boost sales more like they did with Schwinn.
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