Taiwan bicycle component manufacturing sector

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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Seat Post Clamp, Seat Post, Derailleur Cage Component Workshop and Looking Ahead to Taipei Cycle 2011

One of the main reasons for publishing this blog has been to make it easier to access information that may be otherwise not so easy to come by. Taiwan is of central importance in the design and manufacturing of mid- to high end bicycle components. But knowing what goes on exactly, and where, is another …

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How Butted Aluminum Alloy Tubing is Produced – the strength of Taiwan’s bicycle component manufacturing sector

Bicycle component manufacturing is highly distributed and specific; nobody manufactures complete bicycles in-house. Bicycle industry SMEs in Taiwan are at the center of multiple highly specific routines carried out and techniques applied. This feeds complex supply chains which all terminate in the assembly of a bicycle, the endpoint of the process. In this post, I want …

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