merckxman said:In print ads here in in Italy, and on the Colnago website, the models being built in Taiwan vs. Italy are clearly being identified.
Yup...but at least they're being honest about it. Some folks buying Colnago may expect the famous Colnago/Ferrari carbon and should know that's what they are/are not getting. Does it make a difference? I have no clue but being straight up about it is good to see.filtersweep said:There was a time not that long ago when "made in Japan" meant complete crap... and it was unthinkable to buy a Japanese car if you were American. I see nothing wrong with "Made in Taiwan." Isn't the design more important anyway-- in this age of globalism. I would much rather ride an Italian designed frame made in Taiwan than a Taiwanese designed frame made in Italy.
Made in Italy really doesn't mean much unless you are buying shoes or bike components... or wine.
I just went through the catalogue and the only references to Taiwan I could find were the Arte road bike and the MTBs. They were in a separate catalogue link. The big catalogue didn't have any point of origin references that I could find.AlexCad5 said:So which ones are made in Asia?
now that says a lotatpjunkie said:is I don't remember where the factory is (I think Taiwan) but I didn't put it directly becuase I am not 100%, it may be in mainland China as well.According to the guys I know, they felt the bikes made there were (as others have stated) superior to what was being produced elsewhere. That these factories were the most Hi-Tech, cleanest etc...
yes cheaper due to labor costs and good trade with the USA. You could boycott them on labor / environmental issues if you want. sorry digression. What I'm trying to say is if I'm buying a Hi-Tech CF frame and I'm choosing a Giant or a Colnago and the Nag is thousands more and being built in Asia, all you are getting for those extra grand or 2 are the name and the geometry, which to me isn't worth the $$$$$$.
collectorvelo said:more and more the specs of your bike matter way more than the name on the downtube
especially since the name on the DT no longer makes it
and someother name [topkey, advanced, adk, martec makes your frame
I am willing to bet that if you put a Taiwan made Colnago and an Italian one on the showroom at the same price, customers are going to buy the Italian one every time. You can argue about quality of the two countries but I think I am very safe on this bet.atpjunkie said:excuse for their pricing. why pay more for a Taiwanese made bike than you have to?
On an opposing note I know some guys at the new Masi, who gets bikes built in both Italy and Asia. They said they get better and more consistent results from Asia.
I should hope so since paying $4k for an Arte frame instead of a C50 would be just plain silly!DaveG said:I am willing to bet that if you put a Taiwan made Colnago and an Italian one on the showroom at the same price, customers are going to buy the Italian one every time. You can argue about quality of the two countries but I think I am very safe on this bet.