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I think this is correct

Dave_Stohler said:
From what I've heard, Specialized doesn't make anything. They are simply a retailer-they have manufacturers design and make things with their name on it, then they sell them.
I think Specialized falls into the upper tier of companies in that most of the parts they include on their bikes are exclusive; manufactuered by contractors for use/sale only by Specialized.

Regarding the tire question, Specialized tires are made in Taiwan while Hutchinson's are made in France. And speaking of house brands, I think Hutchinson is made by Michelin. I'm not positive about this but if you look closely at the tires, they look identical and have identical specs.

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