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If you had to choose one bike brand to sell...

Old 07-08-09, 11:05 PM
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If you had to choose one bike brand to sell...

Lets say you were the owner of a nice little bike shop (mainly road bikes), and you had a pretty good lineup of high end bicycle brands already, and you wanted to start dealing in the entry-level zone of bicycle sales. What brands would you choose to have in your shop?

The brand has to "make sense" or fit in with the brands that you already sell in your shop (remember, high end stuff), but it also has to cater to new cyclists who don't want to drop over $2000 on a brand new bike. Extra credit given to those who can find brands that also produce hybrids/commuters/fixed gears,etc etc.
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Old 07-08-09, 11:16 PM
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what cost is entry level?

I think Cannondale can fit that line nicely...

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based on what people say here I would go with cannondales
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I actually have a little list of companies that make high end bikes, but also do have entry level line-ups. Out of these that I list, then, which would you choose?

Specialized, Cannondale, Felt, Fuji, Bianchi, Orbea, BMC

I know that a few of these sound like high end brand to most of you, but they do infact make entry level bikes around the $1k - $2k range. Most of it just depends on components.

So, out of those, which one?

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Out of those, I would choose Specialized. I have been impressed with almost all of their products, and they stand behind them as well. Everybody I know is happy with their Specialized bike, from hybrids to mountainbikes to touring roadies to full carbon race machines. Their bottles, cages, helmets, saddles, and other products are top notch as well. As a matter of fact, Specialized is at the top of my list for my next bike purchase... if I'm still impressed with them in 20 years
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Originally Posted by iareConfusE View Post
I actually have a little list of companies that make high end bikes, but also do have entry lever line-ups. Out of these that I list, then, which would you choose?

Specialized, Cannondale, Felt, Fuji, Bianchi, Orbea, BMC

I know that a few of these sound like high end brand to most of you, but they do infact make entry level bikes around the $1k - $2k range. Most of it just depends on components.

So, out of those, which one?
your contradicting yourself...first post you say "it has to cater to new cyclist who dont have 2 grand"

then you say in the "1-2 grand" range...you do know that is ONE HELL of a jump in prices?

so again what is "high end" in dollar amount to you?

what is "entry" to you?

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Originally Posted by Nimitz87 View Post
your contradicting yourself...first post you say "it has to cater to new cyclist who dont have 2 grand"

then you say in the "1-2 grand" range...you do know that is ONE HELL of a jump in prices?

so again what is "high end" in dollar amount to you?

what is "entry" to you?

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I'm not contradicting myself at all. If you perhaps read my first post a little better, you'd see that I stated, "new cyclists who don't want to drop over $2000 on a brand new bike". Is $1-$2k above $2000? No.

To me, high end is $4-5000+, entry level is about $1-$2k. I'm not talking about bikesdirect entry level crap here. I mentioned that it would be a bike shop that carried high end road bikes, but could also cater to those who wanted an entry-level priced bike...
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Specialized yeah for sure. My 1997 stump jumper and 1998 rock hopper MTB's are still running. The rock hopper with the same tires
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Trek, Cannondale, Specialized,
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Cannondale.

If C'dale were a woman, i'd secks that mofowka up.
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Cannondale.

I ride a 1998 R2000. Love it. It rides faster than I could really paddle it at the moment.

Also, CAAD9s are a good deal.
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Trek or Giant.
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Kinesis. They fit the bill for cheaper builds but then they also make a £800 carbon frame and fixie / commuter / winter training frames. Plus I'm hugely biased
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Trek.

Lance rides it, and, 50% of riders in Houston are on Trek.
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Trek.

Lance rides it, and, 50% of riders in Houston are on Trek.
I'd say 70%, then 20% Specialized, 10% for the rest.
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100% Specialized.. they have a nice mix of everything and really nice stuff.. I have an Epic, and A Roubaix SL2

having ridden the entry level stuff, I liked that too and could easily sell this stuff
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Jamis. Great value and they make every type of bike.
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Heck you could pick any brand really. My two bobs worth though is that you would have to SERIOUSLY look at Giant.

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Originally Posted by calyth View Post
Cannondale.

I ride a 1998 R2000. Love it. It rides faster than I could really paddle it at the moment.

Also, CAAD9s are a good deal.
Damn, I didn't even know Cannondale made boats.
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