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Douglas bikes background info please(14 posts)

Douglas bikes background info pleaseNatC
Mar 23, 2003 6:41 AM
I'm a long-time mountain biker who is now looking for a road bike. I saw the Douglas bikes in the Colorado Cyclist catalog, and they seem like a great value. I couldn't find out anything online about Douglas the company though.

Does anyone have info on who they are, where they are, how long they've been around, how their customer service is, how good is their reputation, what is the comparative quality of their work, etc? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Nat
Colorado Cyclist brand nameNessism
Mar 23, 2003 7:50 AM
Douglas is a Colorado Cyclist house brand. My understanding is that Colorado Cyclist is having frames built under contract by different builders so I don't think you can think of these frames as comming from one consistant builder.

The Ti frames are made by TiSport/TST - very experienced builder that does first rate work (US based company). I think the aluminum frames are made in Asia somewhere - maybe Taiwan?

For the money I think the Douglas bikes are a good value. Most of the far east frame builders do good work so I don't think there is much to worry about quality wise. If you aren't able to wrench yourself, the warranty may be an issue to consider since warranty work will no doubt require sending the bike back to Colorado Cyclist.

As a side note, I've been checking out some of the Supergo branded Scattante frames and they seem to be very well put together. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one of their frames if I was in the market.

Ed
Thanks Ed. nmNatC
Mar 23, 2003 8:39 AM
re: Douglas bikes background info pleaseAmbishawn
Mar 23, 2003 7:59 AM
Douglas is the Colorado Cyclist house brand of frames and is usuually made in job shops in Taiwan. Made by contacts to the lowest bidder. They are cheap but I woulden't consider them a good value. If you had to sell one who would buy it? I personally have never ridden nor owned a Douglas frame but have heard really bad things about there Ti Road frame a few years Back. I'd stick with the reputable builders and get a good frame.
What bad things?NatC
Mar 23, 2003 8:41 AM
Exactly what bad things have you heard?

Nat
What bad things?Ambishawn
Mar 23, 2003 9:54 AM
There really whippy and flexy. Also weled joint failures. Mostly durability. This is about the Ti frames, dont know about the others.
Never heard any of thatjtolleson
Mar 23, 2003 10:33 AM
and here in CC country I actually see quite a few Douglas ti bikes.
How about you...NatC
Mar 23, 2003 11:59 AM
can you add anything about Douglas?
what I think of douglas!the bull
Mar 23, 2003 12:39 PM
I never heard any bad things about douglas!
A friend of mine has a ti road bike.
The welds a not as nice as the ones on a seven-the best I have seen. But they dont look bad they are fine.Some of the egdes dont look as clean as the big guys but what do you expect!Stop tring to pick a cheap bike to death!I think there worth the money!I dont understand the nit-pick warranty question.If the frame brakes you send it in and they give you a new one.Since when did LBS do frame repair!
Good info, thanks. nmNatC
Mar 23, 2003 1:04 PM
I have a Douglas Stealth -- a scandium alloy frame. Camebill
Mar 24, 2003 12:25 PM
with an Ouzo Pro Fork, all for about twice what the fork alone costs.
For that, it's a pretty nice bike. Rides pretty well. I descended at 50 mph last week (a personal best) and the bike was very solid and predictable. It's also very light. Not an aesthetic statement, exactly, but it's a race frame and for that it's fine. It's less solid and refined than my steel Pegoretti (no surprise there) and a little noodlier (but more comfortable) than my Litespeed Natchez, but it's lighter than either one, too -- less than 18 lbs with pedals and bottle cages.
I'm happy with it.
Thanks Bill. nmNatC
Mar 24, 2003 7:43 PM
re: Douglas bikes background info pleaseripper
Mar 25, 2003 2:56 AM
i have a ti frame built for mongoose by TST who is now making the douglas ti frames. i am very happy with the frame. a little flex (im a clydesdale) at the bottom bracket but not irritatingly so. since i dont use it for a race bike its the perfect mount for long miles. i bought this frame directly through the head frame builder here in kennewick washington. i think its a great deal on a ti bike particularily if you plan on keeping it.
Thanks RipperNatC
Mar 25, 2003 3:27 AM
I could've grabbed a Mongoose last year for $1200 new with Ultegra/105, but passed on the opportunity. I wish I had bought it.