Though, I do sometimes wonder about the Hounder...You can order several from either Nashbar or Bikesdirect. With Nashbar, there's the Hounder and the Nekkid series. With Bikesdirect, there's the Gravity Swift, the Windsor Hour, the Motobecane Messenger, the Motobecane Track, and the Dawes SST. All under $350 and all great single speed bikes.
your opinion, not a fact. i'm sure we all know the old adage 'opinions are like *******s...'? well you certainly proved it.BD has the best bikes at the lowest prices
this is absolutely false. they may have the same geometry, may be made from similar or same tubing, may even be made in some of the same factories (or not). but identical? definitely not! just because bikedirect steals other companies' frame designs, or is given them by greedy frame manufacturers, & throws on vaguely similar components bought on closeout from wherever they can get them, does not make their bikes identical to the name brands that they want you to compare them to, or as the bd shills like you claim them to be. you ever hear the term "quality assurance"? look it up.These bikes are also identical to the Fuji and KHS fixed gear bikes sold in LBS'
Next time before you insult me please do the following:wow - some provocative & incorrect statements here^^^
your opinion, not a fact. i'm sure we all know the old adage 'opinions are like *******s...'? well you certainly proved it.
this is absolutely false. they may have the same geometry, may be made from similar or same tubing, may even be made in some of the same factories (or not). but identical? definitely not! just because bikedirect steals other companies' frame designs, or is given them by greedy frame manufacturers, & throws on vaguely similar components bought on closeout from wherever they can get them, does not make their bikes identical to the name brands that they want you to compare them to, or as the bd shills like you claim them to be. you ever hear the term "quality assurance"? look it up.
you won’t like hearing this - but for the $280 you spent at bikedirect, you got a $280 bike, not an $800 one (not that there's anything wrong with that.) it is not exactly the same as the higher priced bikes you want it to be...and that is a fact.
I totally agree that QA is better on the big brand bikes. They pay for this and it really matter in many area. In others, low end bikes, its not that big a deal.i almost don't know where to begin rebutting your post, with the question, what's the point? who wins an interwebz argument? but that being said, my inner voice sez...i’m game - so please go back & read my post. you ignored my remark about quality assurance, which tells you everything about the difference between a khs 100 & a kilo, or a fuji & a bd motobecane. nothing you posted actually factually contradicts anything that i mentioned.
The Trance X2 was $2800. My Defy Advanced 2 was $3200. Those do not make me an expert in anything. You didn't read what I said. I said I would not buy bikes at that level from BD. They don't sell nice serious mountain bikes and road bikes.let’s get past your rather silly claim that the fact that you own(?) a $2300 Trance or a Defy which at its lowest level is a, what? $1200 bike...makes you an expert on bikes & their construction in general, ok?
You sound like you are in the biz. I was too years ago. I was (still am) an exceptionally good bike mechanic, was a shop manger ,a regional sales sales rep for several major brands and a sales rep for one of the biggest manufacturers. As a bike mechanic checking fork leg and dropout and rear dropout alignment on steel bikes was something I did every time. Most of the time some tweaking was required to get them perfect whether it was a Trek or a Colnago.you actually rely on looking at online pics & geometry descriptions to decide that frames & parts are exactly the same? you have such good eyes that you can see the welds, tube flaws, frame alignment, & dropout spacing in those pics? bet I can find a shitload of complaints about kilo tt fork & trackend alignment & nothing similar aboutthe khs 100, that you say is identical?
Most no but some yes. You know how this works. A product manager specs the low and mid level bike frames a la carte from a menu of frame components and tube sets. That's only if they are picky. Its cheaper to buy stock frames off the shelves. Trek & Spec are picky. They want their low end stuff as distinctive as their high end stuff. Fuji, KHS, Bianchi and all the fixie companies seem to buy off the shelf.yeah, yeah...anybody whose done a rudimentary search should know about about the incestuous intertwined relationship between asian frame factories, bike assemblers & their thigh or low end big-name bike company customers. but that does not mean the bikes you want to be identical are. guess what...all bikes like big shot, republic, state. purefix, toto, etc are made in the same factories as well. are those the same as khs & fuji?
No but I surmised that when I got charged sales tax. I live in FL too.anyway, AdrianM1972, since you know so much, allow me to ask you this...
did you know that bikesdirect was originally based in florida? fyi…that is where I live
Had no idea. I never looked at BD or even considered getting a bike from them until I wanted to build a fixie for training a few weeks ago.when bikesdirect was starting up awhile back did you by any chance speak to the bikesdirect guy who used post all over this & all the other bike forums until he got you stooges posting
for him, about investing in his business?
No but I have been intimately involved in the bike biz so I know in detail how it all works.have you been to taiwan & china to visit bike building factories?
Nope, never had the need to.i have :cornut:
Thanks you too!good luck in your endeavors...