[CR]Gilding the lilly

(Example: Component Manufacturers:Campagnolo)

Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 10:58:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Tom Dalton" <tom_s_dalton@yahoo.com>
To: valiensi@mac.com, Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]Gilding the lilly

Yea, Colnago learned their lesson; now they get their frames made in China!

James Valiensi, Northridge California

Really? I assume you're not talking about anything that's on topic, right? As for the newer stuff, this is the first I've heard of Chinese Colnagos, but then again, I'm hardly an industry insider. It's just odd that you see all those "Made in Italy" stickers, and none (that I've seen) with the "Made in China" stickers. Unlike Masi, the Colnago name is still associated with the man, and his factory in Italy. I'd be a little surprised if he was farming out frames to China, but if he is, there's no real reason to think that's a bad thing. Consumers might not like that their bike was made outside of Italy, but that doesn't mean that it is by definition a lesser bike. My suspicion is that if, or when, Colnagos are being made in China it will be to lower the price on some of the less expensive bikes. Extreme C's from China seem unlikely, at this time, but you never know.

So, I'm in a pickle, because on the one hand I want to say, "so what if they're made in China? That means nothing," and on other hand I'm inclinded to say, "I hope you have your facts right before you defame the brand," which suggests, in contradiction to the first comment, that Chinese manufacture is problematic. I guess it is because many people will perceive it as problematic that I don't wish to see this inforamtiuon put forth, unless you know it to be accurate.

Tom Dalton Bethlehem, PA USA

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