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How feasible is a 100% US-made road bike these days?

Old 10-21-15, 10:53 AM
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How feasible is a 100% US-made road bike these days?

Reading the "Chinabike" threads made me wonder:

How feasible is a 100% US-made road bike these days?

Is it possible to do? Or are there bike parts that are just not made in the US anymore?

I'd think the frame is easy enough. What about a fork? Is Enve US-made?

Groupset? Are there any US-made groupsets?

Wheels? Anything built in the US in regards to wheels?

Just how feasible is this today?
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Nil.
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Frames are made in the US. Forks I'm sure you can find too. Wheels? Sure.

Groupset is where it gets tricky. That and the other stuff like seats, bar tape, etc.
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Nil.
... for all practical purposes.
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Originally Posted by dalava View Post
Nil.
Anyone with actual facts to support what they say?
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
Anyone with actual facts to support what they say?
Why don't you try to assemble one first to disapprove it?
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You might have to go friction shifting if you want 100% USA made. Not sure there are any bicycle tires and tubes made in the USA.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
Anyone with actual facts to support what they say?
The fact is that you aren't going to see or build such a machine.

Derailleurs and shifters are the biggie, but handlebar and chain will be stoppers, as will tires.
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Let's start with forks. Is there a US made carbon fork out there?
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
Let's start with forks. Is there a US made carbon fork out there?
Wound Up.
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Originally Posted by PepeM View Post
Frames are made in the US. Forks I'm sure you can find too. Wheels? Sure.

Groupset is where it gets tricky. That and the other stuff like seats, bar tape, etc.
Are you sure about that? What companies are manufacturing rims, hubs and spokes in the USA?
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to make it easy I'd start with steel and go single speed.
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
Are you sure about that? What companies are manufacturing rims, hubs and spokes in the USA?
Wheelsmith spokes, Velocity rims, and King hubs, for example.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
Let's start with forks. Is there a US made carbon fork out there?
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Wound Up.
And there are plenty of options in steel and Ti from builders.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
Just how feasible is this today?
Anything can be done. What's your budget?
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yes to:

frames
forks
wheels
stems
seatpost
cranks
bb
pedals
hs
brakes
pedals

Not sure about:

tires
tubes
ders
road brake levers and shifters
chain
saddles
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Frame & Forks and wheels would be possible as noted.
Enve Seatpost, stem, bars are US made. Chris King headset.
Top Tier components not so much.
I'd probably go Dura Ace, it's made in Japan.
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Originally Posted by bonz50 View Post
to make it easy I'd start with steel and go single speed.
This. Thomson manufactures in the US, so seatpillar, stem, and bars should be covered. Chaadster covered the wheel build. White Industries gets you the freewheel or cog. There are several boutique crankset manufacturers. Tape, tubes, and tires may be the only hold ups.
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But would it make you faster?
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Originally Posted by 66Satellite View Post
yes to:

frames
forks
wheels
stems
seatpost
cranks
bb
pedals
hs
brakes
pedals

Not sure about:

tires
tubes
ders - PAUL
road brake levers and shifters - Paul, Power Cordz
chain - Viking
saddles - Selle Anatomica
See bold.
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Originally Posted by andr0id View Post
Frame & Forks and wheels would be possible as noted.
Enve Seatpost, stem, bars are US made. Chris King headset.
Top Tier components not so much.
I'd probably go Dura Ace, it's made in Japan.
Are the Enve bars USA made? Their wheels, yeah, but the rest?
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Marvel Tires are made in the US, and here is a list of US made mountain bike parts, Ultimate Listing: Mountain Bike Parts Made In America could not find, cassettes, derailleurs and chains.
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Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
See bold.
Paul hasn't made derailleurs in years, and I don't recall them ever making road shifters.

EDIT: Doesn't look like Viking chains have existed for many years, either.

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Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
See bold.
Paul quit making those ders a long time ago and I'm not aware of them ever making road levers

Do you have a link the the Viking chains? Don't see it in Google

Forgot about Selle Anatomica
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But would it make you faster?
it's a wash
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