Rocky M wrote:
My first pair of Nike were made in the USA...something I haven't seen since a kid. Cervelo had the P5X made here (maybe it still is?)...we have ABG who made the QR Ti frames. We have Dean in Colorado, there are numerous brands in the US. Not sure if Merlin is still around--but if more could be made here, that would be awesome.
Employ US folks, better distribution and warranty resolutions, we have HED, ZIPP, other wheel makers...yeah, we should build more top end carbon bikes here too. If we have the knowledge for Stealth tech, we should have enough for the bike industry. **Disclosure: I know nothing about making bikes, wheels, or their costs or QC...just stating a wish list to avoid tariffs.
Carbon frame manufacturing is far more capital intensive than most metal bike manufacturing. Also, the economies of scale in carbon manufacturing are very powerful. The supply chain and necessary scale for high end carbon frame manufacturing is all in Asia these days (primarily Taiwan). In addition, the skilled labor and engineering prowess is also all in Asia these days. American carbon frames would either be lower quality or vastly more expensive than comparable Asian frames.
Speaking of "stealth" (and to get political here), tariffs are nothing more than a politically palatable way to support US companies by levying a tax on American consumers. We the consumers are ALWAYS losers with tariffs. Politicians like to pretend it's a free lunch. Tariffs are almost always value destructive and inefficient. If you want to help American companies, it would be more efficient to just give them money, like the Chinese do.