I have a couple of industry sources that should be "in the know" telling me that ARC frames are now being welded up off-shore. Anybody else hear of this.
Bingo!Darkwing Duck said:I'm not concerned with the quality. I am sure it's there. What concerns me is the msrp for an ARC frame is still $1089.
I would expect a much lower msrp (similar to the differential in price between a ASR-SL and 575) for a frame welded in Taiwan.
The real benefits? We need Retail + Manufacturing.Harp said:I will never really understand this phenomena ...we all want US made frames and then deck 'em out with sh|mano & [email protected] components? The poor quality issue is such a tired myth. Do yourself a favor and purchase that bike, frame or parts locally, which is where the real benefits lie.
kronik said:... We need Retail + Manufacturing.
So how are you helping the cause? We live in a global economy driven by price, quality and service. When the first becomes unimportant to consumers we can all go back to designing, building, marketing, selling and servicing under one roof.kronik said:I would have preferred if it were made in the UK or USA (for the kudos), but it was incredibly good value for the money.
I got a email from Seth @ Yeti confirming that the ARC's are still being built in Colorado. It's odd the website didn't say "Made in Colorado" before. I guess they fixed it.minkhiller said:So who has confirmed that the ARC is welded in Taiwan? It says made in Colorado on the website.
I love Yeti but I must say that the welds on the 575s I've seen are really nice. I recently compared an ASR-SL to two 575s at my LBS and the 575s welds WERE BETTER! I am not kidding! I was amazed. And when comparing an ASRs welds to Titus or Ventana it makes Yetis seem even sadder.drdoom said:has anyone taken the time to look at the welds that are coming out of taiwan? they are really damn good. everything is done overseas now i don't see why anyone has a problem with this as long as the quality stays the same, not to mention the costs (most likely) are low, if they welded them in the usa you might have to pay an extra $500-$1000 for the frame