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    • #101387

      [color=#FF0000:1k0pho69]I was wondering what bikes are actually made in America. I’ve been feeling a little patriotic lately and I would rather have my money go to a company that’s American.[/color:1k0pho69]

    • #101388

      Independent Fabrication (NH), 90% of Cannondale, Ellsworth, Kona (Main headquarters in U.S.A.)

    • #101389

      If you want to really keep it local, what about a custom frame?

    • #101390
      "tjc58" wrote

      Independent Fabrication (NH), 90% of Cannondale, Ellsworth, Kona (Main headquarters in U.S.A.)

      Kona and Cannondales are both made in Asia. Some of C’dale’s highest end frames might be made in the US, but certainly not 90%

    • #101391

      Intense, Foes and Ventana bikes are all made in the USA out of California. Ellsworth is another USA made bike but I don’t know where off the top of my head. Moots bikes are also made is the US in Colorado. All are smaller brands that most would label "boutique". All are costly but all are also known for their craftmanship and quality of product as well.

      As far as I know, they are actually manufactured and put together here in the states as opposed to several companies which simply build them here and buy the frames from the factories in Taiwan.

      Kona bikes are assembled and made in Taiwan.

      Cannondale was bought by a private company out of Taiwan in 2008 and a year later they announced that they would be moving all of their manufacturing to a plant in Taiwan in the next few years. 2010 if memory serves.

      Trek sill makes their carbon fiber frames here in the US but all of the aluminum stuff is Taiwan based.

    • #101392
      The Cannondale Bicycle Corporation, is an American bicycle manufacturer, headquartered in Bethel, Connecticut with manufacturing and assembly facilities in Taichung, Taiwan. Cannondale is a subsidiary of Dorel Industries.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannondale … orporation

    • #101393

      [color=#FF0000:2wfiy7zy]Thanks for the help. Cost is going to be a major factor for me. I’m moving back to the states from Germany soon and I need to buy my wife a decent road bike before I get my next one. I currently have a Cannondale F7 that has served me well, but it is definitely time to upgrade. I know I want a full suspension bike, but I’m still debating whether I should go XC or all mountain. I’m looking at paying $1,000-$2,000. I’ll probably end up going with a Specialized bike, but if I find something that I like that’s totally made in America I’d rather go with that. I just wish a few more major manufacturers operated in the states.[/color:2wfiy7zy]

    • #101394

      Even if you take an American frame, most other components will be build in Asia…

    • #101395

      In that price range, check out Giant too.

    • #101396

      i was going to say yeti because i thought they were made in someones garage in co, but aparently 90% of them are also now made in a sweatshop in taiwan. if anyone ever takes out taiwan this whole country will totally be screwed.

    • #101397

      Carbon Yetis are still made in Golden, CO.

    • #101398

      Quick correction, only Trek’s high end carbon fiber frames are still made in America.

    • #101399
      "maddslacker" wrote

      Carbon Yetis are still made in Golden, CO.

      alright so just 80% are made in taiwan. i did a quick google search and found that just the 303 and ASR (i know they make an ASR carbon, don’t know about the 303 or any of the others) are made in good o’l US of A and since i found it in a google search it must be correct so nobody can argue against it… nobody…

    • #101400

      ALL alloy Yeti’s are welded in Taiwan, then painted and assembled here.
      ALL carbon Yeti’s are laid up here.

    • #101401
      "maddslacker" wrote

      ALL alloy Yeti’s are welded in Taiwan

      "maddslacker" wrote

      in Taiwan

      "maddslacker" wrote

      in Taiwan

      "maddslacker" wrote

      in Taiwan

      "limetownjack" wrote

      since i found it in a google search it must be correct so nobody can argue against it… nobody…

      😼

    • #101402

      Ok, Mr Google Search:
      http://lmgtfy.com/?q=yeti+all+alloy+mod … +in+taiwan

      First three hits…

    • #101403

      1st hit – mtbr review of 575?

      2nd hit – website ,written in comic sans 😏 , that is [i:1pii642f]mostly[/i:1pii642f] detailing yeti’s that are pre 05′ and none older than 08′

      3rd hit – dirt rag (which is pretty reputable) review of AS-R WITH A NOTE AT THE BOTTOM THAT SAYS "NOTE: NOT ALL YETI FRAMES ARE MADE IN THE USA MOST ARE MADE IN TAIWAN"

      ha ha i’m not trying to pick a fight madd (just saying in case you thought i was)

    • #101404

      Stay tuned for a blog post about Yeti, if their marketing guy and I can stop playing email tag…

    • #101405

      ha ha alright i look fwd to it. i actually really like yeti and am currently doing my best to come up with a reason to justify buying a 575 even though i already have a perfectly good bike.

    • #101406

      [color=#FF0000:3ty0ak9k]Myabe I should just forget about buying an American bike and just get what I really want. I’ll stick to buying domestic vehicles.[/color:3ty0ak9k]

    • #101407

      The last 100% American car was the Ford Taurus back in the 90’s. Most American cars now are about 70% foreign parts. In most states, by law, it will say the percentages right on the window sticker.

      Back to my original suggestion, don’t count out a custom made bike.

      A while ago I did a write-up for the blog about Waltworks Custom Bicycles.

      He’s a heck of a nice guy, his bikes are top-notch, and he builds them in his garage in Boulder, CO. There are a bunch of local frame builders around the country, and their prices, while not as cheap as the mass produced stuff, aren’t as high as you might think.

    • #101408

      I think the year after I bought my Santa Cruz Blur LT they started importing their frames from Taiwan. Getting a bike made in America is like trying to find American furniture, TV’s, etc, etc.

    • #101409
      "CraigCreekRider" wrote

      Getting a bike made in America is like trying to find American furniture, TV’s, etc, etc.

      Not exactly, as you can find American made bikes…they just cost more. The American made TV set is long gone… 😆

    • #101410
      "maddslacker" wrote

      [quote="CraigCreekRider":28zxz34w]Getting a bike made in America is like trying to find American furniture, TV’s, etc, etc.

      Not exactly, as you can find American made bikes…they just cost more.[/quote:28zxz34w]Maybe a frame, but not a bike. Bontrager, FOX, etc. all build their stuff at Taiwan or somewere else at Asia. We have the same "problem" here. Everything that is labeled with "Made in Germany" is only assembled in Germany, if not completely build in Asia

    • #101411

      The frame is what he was referring to I think.

    • #101412

      This is a fun game – let’s see if it’s possible (I don’t think it is). Let’s spec out a rigid SS 29er all made in America. Must be MANUFACTURED here, not just assembled. To make it "easy" we’ll allow materials to come from wherever. I’ll get it started, y’all fill in the blanks.

      Frame: Moots, Independent, or any small custom builder – lots of options here
      Fork: Same as frame, built to match
      Headset: Chris King
      Hubs: Chris King
      Spokes:
      Rims:
      Tires:
      Seatpost: Thomson
      Stem: Thomson
      Seatpost clamp: Thomson
      Bars: Moots titanium
      Grips:
      Seat:
      Pedals:
      Cranks (and BB):
      Chainring: Homebrew Components
      Cog: Homebrew Components
      Chain:
      Brakes:

    • #101413

      Grips- Odi… they even have a red, white and blue set!

    • #101414

      so many know it all’s here.

    • #101415

      BB-Phil Wood
      Spokes-Phil Wood
      Hubs-Phil Wood

      tires might be the most difficult, guy at a lbs told me once they don’t make ANY bike tires in the US, don’t know how reliable "random-guy-at-out-of-town-lbs" is.

    • #101416

      Look at the Santa Cruz mountain bikes….100% USA

    • #101417
      "brianstang" wrote

      Look at the Santa Cruz mountain bikes….100% USA

      Heckler and Chameleon are made in Taiwan, and of course the Shimano components are not made in the States either…

    • #101418
      "maddslacker" wrote

      [quote="brianstang":em88ykx1]Look at the Santa Cruz mountain bikes….100% USA

      Heckler and Chameleon are made in Taiwan, and of course the Shimano components are not made in the States either…[/quote:em88ykx1]

      All of SC’s carbon bikes are done in either China or Taiwan as well. Pretty much all carbon is done overseas, except for some custom builders.

    • #101419
      "dgaddis" wrote

      [quote="tjc58":1p26iay1]Independent Fabrication (NH), 90% of Cannondale, Ellsworth, Kona (Main headquarters in U.S.A.)

      Kona and Cannondales are both made in Asia. Some of C’dale’s highest end frames might be made in the US, but certainly not 90%[/quote:1p26iay1]

      OUCH! Thats what I get for 5 minutes of google searching. Thanks wiki…haha

    • #101420

      The demise of American made bikes is a disappointment to the biking community. That used to be one of the coolest things about cannondales and treks. I trusted them more too.

    • #101421

      Both of my FR steeds were 100% built in the USA with the exceptions of most of its components.

      My old Sinister R9 was 100% hand built in the USA as well. Though SOLD now, it was a sexy beauty.

    • #101422
      "baker9" wrote

      The demise of American made bikes is a disappointment to the biking community. That used to be one of the coolest things about cannondales and treks. I trusted them more too.

      I find it hard to believe that with all these abandoned factories and laid off workers that we can’t make a decent bicycle for less than 4 or 5k. The few custom builders that I’ve talked to only cater to rich, elitist cyclists and scoff at bikes in the $1000 range. Yeah, these guys are awesome and talented fabricators but, come on! The days of making $90.00 an hour to weld are over. SAD FOR AMERICA!

    • #101423
      "GoldenGoose" wrote

      Quick correction, only Trek’s high end carbon fiber frames are still made in America.

      Do you know what types?? Can seem to find it, just purchased a fuel 9.8. Would that be made in America? Wisconsin or Cali?

    • #101424

      All the OCLV carbon fiber frames are made in Wisconsin.

      I saw this video a couple months ago. Shows how they make the carbon frames. Kinda interesting.

      [url:36shhtka]http://pelotonmagazine.com/Special-Features/video/10/874/Made-in-AmericaTrek-in-Waterloo[/url:36shhtka]

    • #101425
      "GoldenGoose" wrote

      All the OCLV carbon fiber frames are made in Wisconsin.

      I saw this video a couple months ago. Shows how they make the carbon frames. Kinda interesting.

      [url:2y41n64x]http://pelotonmagazine.com/Special-Features/video/10/874/Made-in-AmericaTrek-in-Waterloo[/url:2y41n64x]

      AHHH super cool, very excited to get my new ride and get on it!!!

    • #101426
      "GimmeAraise" wrote

      AHHH super cool, very excited to get my new ride and get on it!!!

      I think you’ll like it. My friend Ted demoed one at the South East Bike Expo and he loved it, said it was just a rocket. Post pics and ride report once you get it!!

    • #101427

      Trek fan boy here. 😎

      Pretty much all of the big brand medium and low end frames are made by giant’s factories.

      Honestly, I don’t get the "Made in USA" hype. Building overseas is cheaper and is as good as long as quality control is good. I will buy local stuff that will go right back into my community. But, if you want to support USA, expect higher prices because people in the USA make more than the $2.50 an hour that they make overseas.

      Don’t get me wrong. I Love the USA! I say the pledge everyday. Just get some common sense people….

      *rant over*

    • #101428

      I think the lines are a little blurry these days. I have a new SC Nickel. Santa Cruz is an American company, but (not surprisingly) the frame has a stamp on it down on or near the bottom bracket that says "made in Taiwan". Further, all those Shimano components are made by a Japanese company. Other components are part of the SRAM family (Avid, Truvativ). Their world headquarters are in Chicago, but my guess is the parts aren’t made there. Fox Shocks is an American company, but where are they manufactured? I think Mavic is French. Is that better than "made in China" or some other Asian location? It’s a global market out there, and it’s going to be hard for anyone to buy American 100%. I totally support it on a conceptual level, but I’m not sure how realistic it is anymore. At least when it comes to mountain bikes.

    • #101429
      "fleetwood" wrote

      I have a new SC Nickel. Santa Cruz is an American company, but (not surprisingly) the frame has a stamp on it down on or near the bottom bracket that says "made in Taiwan".

      SC frames are made by Giant.

    • #101430
      "fleetwood" wrote

      I think the lines are a little blurry these days. I have a new SC Nickel. Santa Cruz is an American company, but (not surprisingly) the frame has a stamp on it down on or near the bottom bracket that says "made in Taiwan". Further, all those Shimano components are made by a Japanese company. Other components are part of the SRAM family (Avid, Truvativ). Their world headquarters are in Chicago, but my guess is the parts aren’t made there. Fox Shocks is an American company, but where are they manufactured? I think Mavic is French. Is that better than "made in China" or some other Asian location? It’s a global market out there, and it’s going to be hard for anyone to buy American 100%. I totally support it on a conceptual level, but I’m not sure how realistic it is anymore. At least when it comes to mountain bikes.

      Well stated. We live in a global economy… national lines mean less and less, especially when it comes to business.

    • #101431

      FYI – All Trek OCLV Mountain frames are not made in Wisconsin. How do I know? I called them and asked.

    • #101432

      Good to know. Which ones?

    • #101433

      The thing is, if you want a frame made by Giant you should just, you know, buy it from Giant. 😆

    • #101434

      Scott Scales and Geniuses…where are they made?

    • #101435
      "redleg_64" wrote

      Scott Scales and Geniuses…where are they made?

      In Taiwan .. by Giant. 😆

      http://www.canadiancyclist.com/races12/ … /index.htm

      These are pics from a tour of one of Giant’s facilities in Taiwan.

      Image

    • #101436
      "GoldenGoose" wrote

      Good to know. Which ones?

      From browsing their website, I don’t think ANY of the mtn bikes are built in the US. The 6-Series Madone road bikes are, and they say so, but there’s no mention of ‘built in the USA’ on any of their mtn bike stuff, and that’s one of those things people brag about.

    • #101437

      Waltworks bikes are made in the USA.

      http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ge … -bicycles/

    • #101438

      My Trek remedy 9.9 frame is made in USA. It had a sticker, too! 😛

    • #101439

      So at least the sticker was made in the US … 😆

    • #101440

      Too bad Luke_E hasnt chimed in on this thread yet. The guy only [i:1wr3gu5q]works [/i:1wr3gu5q]for Trek. 😕

    • #101441
      "GoldenGoose" wrote

      Too bad Luke_E hasnt chimed in on this thread yet. The guy only [i:oig9yg4o]works [/i:oig9yg4o]for Trek. 😕

      He will .. when he gets back from his trip to the Giant factory. 😆

    • #101442
      "maddslacker" wrote

      Waltworks bikes are made in the USA.

      http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-ge … -bicycles/

      There’s a few guys around here (central VA) that have bikes from Waltworks. They seem to really like them.

    • #101443
      "BigRott" wrote

      FYI – All Trek OCLV Mountain frames are not made in Wisconsin. How do I know? I called them and asked.

      good for you! I know mine is, I even go the sticker to say so DUDE!

      What did they say???

    • #101444

      @GimmeAraise,

      Unless your initials are “FYI” that post was not directed at you. It’s a general comment on the manufacture of Trek OCLV bikes. If anyone wants more info, their phone number is buried on their website.

      Enjoy your sticker…

      -out

    • #101445
      "BigRott" wrote

      @GimmeAraise,

      Unless your initials are “FYI” that post was not directed at you. It’s a general comment on the manufacture of Trek OCLV bikes. If anyone wants more info, their phone number is buried on their website.

      Enjoy your sticker…

      -out

      Had to chime in!
      Your just another Trek hater, trying to prove them wrong 😆 😆 !

    • #101446

      I’m looking forward to the "I know you are, but what am I?" stage of this conversation.

    • #101447

      Sinister Bikes are all made in the NH area (all USA fabricated). Sick bikes too!! 😄

      All my Iron Horse’s & SC Bullit were made/built in the USA. IH’s are ’06-’07 & Bullit is an ’07.

      I feel great that i am still rocking on all American bikes… 😄

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