I think it is pretty obvious. Like many "manufacturers" in the industry, Colnago will no longer manufacture bicycles. They will import and market them. Notice that the Trek carbon frames have moved to Giant as well. It won't be long before they are able to close the Wisconsin plant and lay off the workers there. Imagine paying $4000 for a frame that Colnago bought in Taiwan for $175 or so. Kinda grates, doesn't it?rocco said:Even if I don't own a Colnago, Giant, Trek, Specialized, Fuji or etc. I think that's interesting information you've posted. It would be interesting to know what "high-end carbon-fiber bicycles" equates to in terms of a Colnago model name or names. Thanks.
They bashed it for chipping, apparently, not the paint scheme.whafe said:It truly amazes me that Colnago got grief for there paint. That asstounds me, there paint is some of or if not the best in the industry.
How desperately they cling to the way they wish things were! This isn't a rumor. It is a news report based on a joint press release by Giant and Colnago. The CF frames for Colnago start shipping during the last half of 2006. Colnago is going to stop manufacturing bicycles, just like most other bicycle manufacturers.GW1 said:This appears to be the same rumor that went around last year. My understanding, directly from Colnago's mouth, is that some entry level bikes (aluminum I believe) will be made in Taiwan for the European market, and no, he is not selling a controlling interest in his compay. Colnago was very clear on this. If there was any substance to this source, I think the news would be everywhere by now.
terry b said:I agree with you. It's the trade rag writer using the term "high-end", not Colnago. Possibly they are going to shift all their CF production there, possibly they're going start producing a less expensive CF bike for the lower end market. I wouldn't read anything more into it than it says.
I was talking with a builder friend the other day who told me his prognostication - soon CF bikes will be sold at Target and Walmart. The material is going the way of commondity production, and more and more marketing companies will be riding that bandwagon, since the public will be asking for it.
It's funny though, this lingering perception that CF MFGerd in Taiwan is in some way inferior to something made in Italy. People couldn't buy enough of the Taiwanese Scotts when they hit the market, and no on disses Telekom for riding top-end Giants. Yet Colnago makes some announcements about MFGing lower end European market bikes over there and suddenly the marque has lost its luster. Honestly, people used to bash Colnagos because of the paint. Now they can bash them because of the country of origin. I think people just like to bash Colnago for what it seems to represent - a bike they can't afford.
fmw said:I think it is pretty obvious. Like many "manufacturers" in the industry, Colnago will no longer manufacture bicycles. They will import and market them. Notice that the Trek carbon frames have moved to Giant as well. It won't be long before they are able to close the Wisconsin plant and lay off the workers there. Imagine paying $4000 for a frame that Colnago bought in Taiwan for $175 or so. Kinda grates, doesn't it?
I think Colnago makes good bikes, and infact I've looked at them when I was looking in to purchasing a bike, and I have recently pondered one as a choice for my next bike. If you buy on in the US, IMHO, they are too expensive, from mike at everyone's favorite source for them, they are quite on par with other bikes. As for the colors, they make many different schemes, personally PRAL, is hot. But honestly I think I won't buy one, becuase I dono they just don't really call to me.terry b said:Actually, in the olden days of this and other forums, people routinely bashed them for the paint scheme. It used to be the biggest complaint by non-owners. "I'd never ride anything so ugly as that." "It's too ______ a) garish, b)gaudy, c)gay, d)cheesy e) etc." And woe unto anyone who happened to own more than one. Those people were generally treated as though they'd stolen cases of formula from displaced Pakistani earthquake victims.
What many of those people were really saying was "I hate them because I can't afford them" having bought into the myth that Colnagos were in some manner more expensive than other, top-end breeds.