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Thread: Pinkbike + Bike Industry + Tariffs + China

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    Pinkbike + Bike Industry + Tariffs + China

    Pinkbike interviewed some industry insiders to get a take on how tariffs might affect the bike industry. Note that Chinese-produced bikes/frames were not on the original list of items affected by tariffs, but the proposed second round of tariffs would affect Chinese-produced bikes/frames.

    AJ Ariss, the product and marketing manager for Reynolds Cycling weighs in from the perspective of a US carbon wheel manufacturer that also has factories in Taiwan.

    Chris Cocalis, founder and CEO of Pivot Cycles, imports frames from China and components from Taiwan, then assembles his bicycles in the USA.

    Will Montague, Guerrilla Gravity's co-founder and president, answers from the perspective of a US-based bicycle manufacturer that has been growing its range of aluminum-framed dual-suspension bikes for five years running.

    And, Andrew Herrick, who has a wealth of experience in both the component and bicycle side of the sport, including US and Asia-based manufacturing.
    Industry Weighs in on the Latest Round of US Tariffs on Chinese Mountain Bike Imports
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    it's apparent that the cost of bikes is generally going to go up. is that also going to affect domestic manufacturers like Chumba? I assume the raw materials they use are also going to go up in price.

    on the bright side, maybe people will stop buying less cheap crap (carbon handlebars on Amazon) that goes in the landfill after a year and buy better stuff.

    on the other hand, it could price many people out of getting into mountain biking. if your choices are an entry-level bike that costs several hundred more than it did a year ago, and a domestically made boutique bike that costs half of what you make in a year, you might just forego the whole thing.
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    Chumba is local; maybe they'd like to weigh in.

    And in the world of unintended consequences, here's an interview with Alcoa's CEO on how tariffs have hurt domestic aluminum: Alcoa CEO explains why aluminum tariffs are hurting, not helping
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    In my experience, many companies do a mix of manufacturing here in the US and overseas. In both cases, the cost of the product is going up. If we keep the same margin to be able to survive as a company and pay our employees, then the end consumer pays for the material increase or tariff costs. Many smaller components just have no way to be sourced locally or if they were, would have an even higher cost (example: bearings). I can't imagine any company willing to soak up the margin loss. Sucks for consumers.

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    stock up on bearings! you can trade them for water in the future.
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    So less Barneys on the trails?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    So less Barneys on the trails?!
    Make Trails Great Again.

    nevermind, instead of riding bikes they can't justify buying, they'll be walking the trails with headphones in, sanitizing all the rocks off the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post

    on the bright side, maybe people will stop buying less cheap crap (carbon handlebars on Amazon) that goes in the landfill after a year and buy better stuff.
    So you're saying this really bad knockoff Raceface Next handlebar I bought off Wish for $18 is a bad thing? I mean look at the crappy job they did with both the font(o's especially) and the word Next. I have a weight weenie friend who is going to shit bricks when he sees the Xmas decorations I am going to make with this.

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    I'm about 99.9% sure that anything "branded" on Wish is a knockoff. If you want to risk it on a Chinese product, Amazon is a better gamble. There you are about 50/50 as long as it is not a branded product. They do a good job of clearing out the knockoffs (mostly by filtering sellers, not products).
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    I bought it knowing it is a knockoff and fully intending not to ride on it. It's going to be part of my xmas decorations.

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