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Today my friend talked to a Trek rep and the rep was bragging about how a certain bike maker was made an offer from Trek and the company said yes with conditions. Frame building and assembly had to be done in the continental US. And no OEM parts allowed on any bike. If the conditions were ever violated, the company would return to its old owners at 2/3 the purchase price.These conditions evidently killed the deal. Trek played its cards on the backed though. Trek bought the company that made the frames and killed the production almost immediately. Now that is dirty!!!! Kinda like a snake squeezing its prey before it will feast.
Anyone want to guess who....?

I'm saying Moots, Santa Cruz, or Kona
 

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digitalayon said:
Today my friend talked to a Trek rep and the rep was bragging about how a certain bike maker was made an offer from Trek and the company said yes with conditions. Frame building and assembly had to be done in the continental US. And no OEM parts allowed on any bike. If the conditions were ever violated, the company would return to its old owners at 2/3 the purchase price.These conditions evidently killed the deal. Trek played its cards on the backed though. Trek bought the company that made the frames and killed the production almost immediately. Now that is dirty!!!! Kinda like a snake squeezing its prey before it will feast.
Anyone want to guess who....?

I'm saying Moots, Santa Cruz, or Kona
Spreading rumors?

Even if true, I can not think of a company that would fit the story. Way too many holes in the conditions.
 

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Spreading rumors?

Even if true, I can not think of a company that would fit the story. Way too many holes in the conditions.
I Agree!!!!....Assuming they are true....I think they put in those conditions because they knew Trek would never bite.
 

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I Agree!!!!....Assuming they are true....I think they put in those conditions because they knew Trek would never bite.
Some of the holes in this story are:

The "OEM parts." Any components bought by a bike company for complete bikes are "OEM." They can be just like the aftermarket units. Just not packaged for retail and acquired at lower than wholesale (OEM) pricing.

Bought the frame company and shut down production. If the small bike company is selling US made frames, I can not think of many, if any, that do not do it in their own facility. Trek would not be able to buy it outside of the deal.
If the frames are outsourced overseas, why would the US made and assembled clause be in the deal? If Trek had bought any facilities long enough ago to cancel their production contracts, it would have been reported in the trade press by now.
 

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Any company depending on a supplier as essential as a FRAME manufacturer, should have said supplier under contract. Anywho, if Trek did do something like that, it could be deemed malicious and subject to civil penalties :)
 
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