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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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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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Giant’s New TCR Composite 1 Revisited; Composite 2 Compared and Contrasted with Merida Scultura 105

I recently wrote about Giant’s new TCR Comp 1 offering. Since the post generated considerable interest from far and wide, here is a followup. Comp 1 Firstly, in relation to the release of the Comp 1, one of the first reactions from Giant branch stores has been one of a degree of discontent. As Giant dealers […]

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New TCR Composite 1, FCR Composite – New Strategy from Giant

Around two weeks ago the buzz came around about a limited edition bike from Giant that will retail for NT39,800–at today’s exchange rate that is US1,237. The May/June (Vol.30) edition of  Bikeman magazine covers this new offering in some detail. Last weekend on my Sunday ride a guy pulled up at the lights next to me […]

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Rest in Peace – The Rest is History

As you drive through the Taichung county hinterland, you will see this rising above the rice-fields. When you get right up to it, this is what it will look like: A water-tower. Well, yes…and no. Imposing, and–as I understand it these days–no longer used. It also marks the burial site of the failure of an […]

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Technology and Business is Not Either/Or – Magnesium Rising?

At the big trade shows, it’s always a good idea to have a plan of attack. Having people to see and appointments in the book is essential. Just as essential, however, is the meandering strategy. Besides from being great fun, you will come across things that you might not notice when you’re following the entries […]

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