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Out of curiosity, what bikes are still manufactured in the USA? (I just read that Cannondale will begin making their products in Taiwan.)
 

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There is a thread on this in the Cannondale forum if that's what you are referring to. There was mentioned of Sinister bikes in the thread. They make frames. I am also interested to find out from other comments.
 

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truth of the matter is: Asia can make things just as good per the price as America. Actually they can do even better, since USA companies are willing to pay for the shipping fees which aren't cheap when you're talking about mass production.
 

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I'd like to buy an American made bike but it comes down to dollars and cents, and also availability. I need to ride it before I pruchase it. Now if I go out and buy an American made bike but look to buy a Toyota Tacoma over a Ford pickup, does that make sense?
 

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Sure, the Tacoma's made in Tennessee.. the Ford may well be made in Canada or Mexico
 

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This continues to be a senseless argument since most of the components are Asian made anyway.
-Shimano and SRAM (including Avid brakes, Truvativ parts, Rock Shox Forks) are Asian made, though SRAM is US owned
-Marzocchi are Asian made, Fox is Asian made parts assembled in the US, not sure on Manitou these days. I believe only White Bros is full US for forks
-FSA is Asian made but a US company
-Most OEM rims, hubs, spokes, headsets, handlebars, stems, seatposts, and saddles are Asian made.
-Tires and Tubes are almost all Asian made

You can spend lots of $$$ and get a bike that the majority of which is US made, but you cannot get a full US made bicycle.
 

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mtnbiker72 said:
You can spend lots of $$$ and get a bike that the majority of which is US made, but you cannot get a full US made bicycle.
..., but you still cannot get as good quality of a bike as one made in Asia; $ for $
 

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Pretty sure the Dearborn Truck plant is in the US.
Cool, it's been a while... my dodge was hecho en mexico.. my last ford was too. Hard to keep up these days as NAFTA countries don't face the tariffs that asia and europe do for importing autos.
 

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..., but you still cannot get as good quality of a bike as one made in Asia
So you're saying Turner, Titus and Ventana are low quality bikes? How about German bikes like Nicolai? They lower quality too?
 

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So you're saying Turner, Titus and Ventana are low quality bikes? How about German bikes like Nicolai? They lower quality too?
nope, im saying u can get better quality parts/price with Asian made goods.
the USA, if u gave them $1000 to sell you a good bike, you won't get as good of a bike as a Specialized $1000 Taiwan made (taiwan frame, sram parts, RS fork, etc) bike
 

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Well even the Japanese companys make their suff in Tawain. So the points are all kinda moot.
If you want a frame made in America it's going to cost more. Not much mind you but more.
If yoiu get that warm fuzzy feeling "riding American" then cool. And yess that car or truck might be assembled in the USA. But the engine nacell and most of the parts are made in Canada or Mexico.
90-ish% of that Tacoma is made here. 48-ish% of that F150 is made here.
Porsche has been designing Harleys engine for years. The steal to make that car comes from China. The wiring harnes comes from Mexico.
Blah, blah, blah.
Just chill out and enjoy your bikes
 

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Sure, the Tacoma's made in Tennessee.. the Ford may well be made in Canada or Mexico
Really? Toyota is a Japanese company but the trucks are handmade in Tennessee or Japanese parts and assembled in the US?
 

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nope, im saying u can get better quality parts/price with Asian made goods.
the USA, if u gave them $1000 to sell you a good bike, you won't get as good of a bike as a Specialized $1000 Taiwan made (taiwan frame, sram parts, RS fork, etc) bike
Then that's what you should of said in the first place. Although your example is quite pointless since $1k won't even get you a boutique frame let alone a bike. At more than entry level prices the boutique bikes are better deals. Of course they're still equipped with asian drive trains and forks.
 

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Well even the Japanese companys make their suff in Tawain. So the points are all kinda moot.
If you want a frame made in America it's going to cost more. Not much mind you but more.
If yoiu get that warm fuzzy feeling "riding American" then cool. And yess that car or truck might be assembled in the USA. But the engine nacell and most of the parts are made in Canada or Mexico.
90-ish% of that Tacoma is made here. 48-ish% of that F150 is made here.
Porsche has been designing Harleys engine for years. The steal to make that car comes from China. The wiring harnes comes from Mexico.
Blah, blah, blah.
Just chill out and enjoy your bikes
90% of the Tacoma is handmade handcrafted in the US?
 

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Didn't mean to start an argument. I just wanted to know out of curiosity.


I was considering a '09 Rush 6 but decided on a '08 FSR XC Expert with better specs. Ideally, I would like to buy the USA product but the invisible hand of capitalism (and lack of capital) is directing my decision.

BTW: I drive a Subaru WRX (which is completely built in Japan) and it's the best car I could buy for the money I had available.
 
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