In a message dated 8/3/2003 3:24:19 AM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<<.........This crash happened last Sunday and he was riding his new Scattante from SuperGo. It had a Weyless seatpost that either broke a bolt or the bolt fell out. He was at the back of the group and was not run over but he did fall backwards off the bike suddenly and broke his neck......... >>
It is very important to clarify which "Weyless" seatpost involved here! Just as with Motobecane, Mercier, and other classic names of bygone days, opportunistic retailers and importers are buying up rights to names which illicit memories of quality and tradition but then place them on low cost product often designed in haste and made by the lowest bidder..
The brand name "Weyless" has been purchased and placed on Chinese made product as a marketing ploy by a vendor known for low prices and marketing hype. These "modern" products have virtually no similarity to the "vintage" USA made Weyless products of the 1970s and 80s. I have never heard of a made-in-USA Weyless seatpost failing.
The clue in this story was the bicycle being identified as "Scattante" which sounds Italian but is far from that. I hope the victim vigorously pursues these retailers and helps to get this crap off the market....................
Greensboro, North Carolina