Schwalbe Road Tires: Lugano is Good; Blizzard was Fantastic

Schwalbe has recently announced an improved lineup of entry-level tires.  This is yet another example where more advanced technical features of the higher-end models migrate down to the cheaper end of the market in a number of brands. SRAM has done this with elements of the their higher-end gruppos trickling down to the lower-level offerings […]

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Sure Fire Way to Find a Fork (and just about any) Supplier

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I am in the final stage of planning for an all-alloy bike, no carbon components at all, for the low-end of the market. This has meant selecting a quality fork producer. I produce my own carbon forks and have not yet used an alloy fork. So I have had to search for a producer. Probably […]

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Carbon Component Finish Outsourcing

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Sabinna headed out to a components service supplier recently.  Customers were waiting on frame orders. The frames were ready but not the forks. So the new order of forks needed to  be processed and then painted asap. It was a case of  having to give them a bit of a prod to move the production through […]

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Where would you rather your bicycle be manufactured—China or Taiwan?

You’d probably hope for the latter, although it’s unlikely to be the case. Back in March Velo News published an article pointing out what industry insiders all know: that high-end bicycle frames are 1) hand made by 2) a few large manufacturers (in which Giant looms prominent) based in China. When it comes to the rest […]

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Cheap Carbon Bikes Going International

Heading into the summer of 2010 I posted on Giant’s strategy of offering entry-level carbon road bikes, the same price or cheaper than butted alloy models. Also see the followup post for the response of some other local companies to this. This was a Taiwan-only experiment. If it showed promise, the offering would be extended […]

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Not For Everyone

Every few months or so sees another European or USA-based bike brand or component manufacturer make a move east on some scale or another. This often means setting up an office and maybe a warehouse, or finishing facility, in Taiwan. Mass manufacturing processes will probably be located across the Taiwan strait, although there is still […]

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