Oct 30, 2001 2:07 PM
|Well I finanly saw my first Sams Club GT and Schwin, it was a GT I drive 4.0 for like 599 and a Schwin Moab for 399 (I think). And I do belive one of there fine tech assembled thse fine works of art. Nothing was correct. I may not have been the biggest fan of these bikes but it brought a tear to my eye to see these once fine names in Sams club. O-well. Life goes on.
|spec? nm||Js Haiku Shop|
Oct 30, 2001 2:09 PM
|re: Sams Club||Allen az|
Oct 30, 2001 3:45 PM
|I feel your pain...I saw a Cannondale R5000si (Saeco) a few months ago at a Costco. The Campy Record shifters were way too low, the bar tape was all mangled up, the wheels wobbled, & it even had some cheap BMX pedals on it. Sure is sad to see something that could've been a useful bike go to waste. I'm sure nobody is going to buy that bike. I still don't understand why Cannondale's where at a Costco, its not like they went bankrupt.
|re: Sams Club||metonymy3|
Oct 30, 2001 6:45 PM
|Our Costco has the R4000 with DuraAce. The tires are flat, the bar angled up, and the hoods pointing back with the levers sticking straight out. Excessive grease all over, and the hub is messed up somehow so that it doesn't freewheel. That poor, poor bicycle.
Oct 30, 2001 7:49 PM
|it really had dura ace ..i guess thats a nice bike...how much..|
Oct 30, 2001 8:33 PM
|$3000. Not really a deal, especially considering that the guy probably destroyed the thing putting it together. Thank God those Cannondales come with the headset and BB and crank attached, or who knows what he could have done with those.|
|This subject is about to make me cry, I think I need a hug (nm)||vanzutas|
Oct 31, 2001 7:41 AM
|C'dales at Costco||brider|
Oct 31, 2001 8:06 AM
|This is the second batch of C'dales I've seen at Costco, with the same assembly quality. If I remember right from the first go-around, it was a case of a bike distributor going out of business, and the bikes went to a broker (who also had no ties with the bike biz), and he just unloaded them as fast as possible to whoever would pay what was owed on these beauties. C'dale was actually pretty pissed about the whole deal, but there wasn't anything they could do. Sad, yes. If I were in C'dale's position, I'd be pretty pissed as well, seeing my name being dragged into a poor quality situation like that.|
|That makes me feel a lot better. (nm)||vanzutas|
Oct 31, 2001 8:15 AM
|Ah, the grey market...||TJeanloz|
Oct 31, 2001 8:17 AM
|It's not quite the black market, but it's where Costco/Sam's Club do a lot of their shopping. In both Cannondale cases, a container or two of bikes were shipped to the Russian distributer, who was unable to pay the bills. The broker steps in to find a buyer for the bikes, unloads them to Costco for pennies on the dollar. Everybody's happy except Cannondale, and especially, Cannondale dealers.
This happens with relative frequency, and explains why top-shelf products make appearences at Costco.
|It's an awesome deal..||alansutton|
Oct 31, 2001 9:18 AM
|If you know how to build/service your own bikes. My housemate picked an R3000 Si with full Dura Ace and Ksyriums for $1800 at the Portland Costco. He completly rebuilt the bike when he got it home as Costco doesn't know how to build bikes. After riding it for a month, the rear wheel when out ot true, so he talks to Costco customer service and they tell hime to return the whole bike for a new one!|
|Yes and No...||TJeanloz|
Oct 31, 2001 11:55 AM
|Yes, for the consumer it is a pretty good deal. You have the Costco return policy, but there is no manufacturer's warranty on the bikes, which could be a bad deal.|| |