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Are there such things as knock off Bikes????(4 posts)

Are there such things as knock off Bikes????Bizzaro
Oct 2, 2003 7:28 AM
Does anyone no if there are companies knocking off colnago frames..Maybe in China ...
Or any frame from any manufacture. I got this deal to good to be true and its from Singapore. I just wanted to know if this was somthing that was possible.
Thanks...
re: Are there such things as knock off Bikes????Heron Todd
Oct 2, 2003 7:35 AM
I've seen knock-off bikes. A fellow recently was selling imitation Specialized and GT bikes from Asia. He claimed that he was getting them direct from the official factory, but it was obvious that they were not the real thing. I called him on it, and he removed them from his website saying that it was a "mistake."

I've also seen fake Colnagos. These were plain lugged, steel frames with Colnago decals stuck on them. Not too creative. I haven't seen any copies of current model Colnagos, but I wouldn't doubt that someone is doing it.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
http://www.heronbicycles.com
Depends on your definition,TJeanloz
Oct 2, 2003 7:36 AM
Most major manufacturers (including Colnago) have some things contract-built in places other than Italy. Often, these factories produce very similar frames with a different brand name. With Colnago, it is usually apparent, because their geometry is a little unique, but others are less clear.

It's highly likely that you could buy a near-identical frame with a no-name brand.
I've heard of a counterfit Huffy ...Humma Hah
Oct 2, 2003 10:23 AM
... I've heard of NYC riders doing tricks like removing the decals from a Colnago and replacing them with Huffy decals.

In principle, that might give some protection against bike theives, except any bike thief who appreciated the difference between a Colnago and a Huffy could probably also identify the difference at a glance.