Where was my bicycle made?


Back in 2006 Kerry Roberts the owner of The Bicycle Company, the parent company of Allanti Bicycle Company, the Bike Pedlar, and The Jolly Cyclist in Nashville, Tennessee wrote a great blog post on where bicycles where actually made. The blog and post have now gone from the web along with the Allanti Bicycle Company but I have been able to get a copy of that original post which I have reproduced here.

While is a post from 2006 and time has moved on, more recent blog postings suggest that really not much has changed. Bicycle manufacturing is still very much in Asia despite what is maybe stated on your bicycle and there are still a few major players making bicycles for others.

Kerry Roberts blog post follows with some linking/editing/updating by myself.


Some bike companies have a few secrets. And one of those secrets is where your bike is made or who actually made it. The bike companies like it that way because many of them rely upon the same factories to build their bikes!

The big picture is pretty clear: most of the bikes sold in the U.S. are made in China or Taiwan by a handful of manufacturers of which Giant is the largest.

Generally speaking, low to mid level bikes are made in China and mid to high level bikes are made in Taiwan.

Bikes are produced in other countries, but Asian factories probably produce 95% of the units sold in the United States.

Incidentally, the “big three” (Giant, Trek, and Specialized) account for almost 80% of all bikes sold in U.S. bike shops.

Another part of the big picture is that the sticker on your bike that says “Made in Country X” doesn’t necessarily mean what you think! It can actually mean one of three things:

One, it can mean that the frame was made in Country X and assembled into a complete bicycle in Country X. For example, Brand Y actually builds the frame in Country X and puts it on their assembly line to assemble it into a complete bicycle with Shimano components from Japan, wheels, handlebars, stem, and seat post from Taiwan, tires from Germany, and a seat and handlebar tape from China. The sticker on the bike says “Made in Country X” when only the frame and the final assembly were done in Country X (using components from other countries). That’s accepted and no one complains.

Two, it can mean that the frame was made in Taiwan (or wherever) and imported into Brand Y’s home country of X. The frame goes through the same assembly process and receives the same “Made in Country X” sticker. The only difference is that the frame was made in Taiwan, not Country X. This practice is a little more controversial, but it occurs frequently with European brands. In my opinion, it would clear up a bit of confusion is the stickers said “Assembled in Country X.”

Three, in the case of a frame only, it can mean the frame was made in Taiwan (or wherever) and imported into Brand Y’s home country of X for finishing and painting. This is very common with high­ end brands especially European­ brand carbon frames. The frame gets a sticker that says “Made in Country X.” I don’t agree with this. Consumers are entitled to a transparent process with accurate information that is not misleading.

With these things in mind, here is an alphabetical brand by brand run down of the bikes sold in Nashville, with a few bits of trivia.

Bianchi: ­ As I was writing this, it occurred to me that Bianchi and Schwinn have remarkably similar histories. Both were turn­ of­ the­century family ­owned companies, manufactured their own bicycles, were popular brands in their respective countries, fell upon hard times, were eventually sold, moved substantially all of their production to Asia, and have seen a resurgence in the past few years under new owners!

In 1996, Bianchi was sold to a Swedish conglomerate (now known as Cycleurope [which is part of Grimaldi Industri AB] whereas Schwinn went through several owners before winding up with Pacific in 2001 [and in 2004 Dorel Industries Inc purchased Pacific Cycle].

Under Cycleurope, which owns 11 ten bicycle brands [Bianchi, Crescent, DBS, Everton, Gitane, Kildemoes, Micmo, Monark,Puch,Spectra] much of the bicycle production shifted from Italy to Asia, except for some final bicycle assembly (i.e., Asian frames assembled into complete bicycles) and limited high­end production.

Let me take a minute and address Reparto Corse bicycles, because their “Made in Italy” sticker is a source of confusion.

The historic Treviglio factory ­ a monstrosity of a thing which used to house much of Bianchi’s manufacturing before it shifted to Asia has a section dedicated to Reparto Corse. It used to be that Reparto Corse (RC) meant the race department where high­end bikes were made. Now it is used as a sort of branding logo to name the upper­end bikes that get the RC design and marketing treatment.

Many of the RC bikes have a “Made in Italy” sticker, which usually means assembled in Italy using a frame made in Asia. For example, the carbon RC frames are made by Advanced International Multitech (a Taiwanese carbon manufacturer of bike parts, baseball bats, golf shafts, arrows, fishing poles, etc.) and the aluminium frames are made by Taiwan Hodaka.

There are some frames still welded at Treviglio. My understanding is that the aluminium frames with carbon rears are either welded there or, at least, bonded there. I also understand that the frames with foam injection have the injection process completed there, even if the frames come from Asia.

Although Taiwan Hodaka manufacturers many of Bianchi’s U.S. models, Fairly and Giant have manufactured for Bianchi in the past.

Cannondale: ­ Aluminium Cannondales are made in the U.S. Cannondale, which was owned by founder Joe Montgomery and his son Scott. Cannondale is now owned by its key investment fund after experiencing financial problems. Cannondale’s market share appears to have diminished but stabilized. Because it is owned by an investment fund, it is constantly rumoured for sale. The carbon bikes are sourced from Asia. [Cannondale is now part of Dorel Industries Inc who also own the GT Bicycles, Schwinn, Mongose, and Sugoi brands]. On January 28, 2014 Bike Europe posted that Dorel Industries Inc had announced that Cannondale operations currently performed at Bedford, including manufacturing, assembly, testing, quality control and customer and technical services are expected to be redeployed by the end of calendar 2014 [read moved off-shore].

Colnago: ­ In 1944, when Ernesto Colnago served as a 12­year old apprentice in the shop of Dante Fumagalli, did he have any idea he would become the most famous of all Italian frame builders?

Colnago is, perhaps, the most coveted of all professional­quality bicycle brands ­ just look at the pages of VeloNews or Pro Cycling and see how many professional riders race on Colnagos!

Frames are still hand­made in Italy, except for three entry-level aluminium models made in Taiwan (probably by Giant) and the carbon CLX, which is also made in Taiwan.

De Rosa: ­ De Rosa is an Italian company that is one of the Italian “big three” that includes Colnago and Pinarello. Ugo De Rosa, along with his sons, have been building bikes for over 50 years. As far as I know, all bikes are made in Italy.

Ducati: ­ Bianchi [Cycleurope] has announced a licensing agreement with Ducati to produce a line of bikes with the Ducati name. It is my understanding that the frames will be sourced from Asia with the final assembly at Treviglio.

Felt: ­ Felt is a fairly new bicycle company, started by motocross guru Jim Felt. All production comes from Asia.

Fisher: ­ Gary Fisher is the “godfather” of mountain bikes. After struggling with his own bicycle company, he sold his brand to Trek Bicycle Company. Still involved in designing and marketing his brand, Gary is a popular figure at bicycle industry events. He’s sort of a cult figure with an unmatched sense of fashion! Fisher bikes are made in Asia, except for the full­suspension rigs (which are made in Wisconsin).

Fuji: ­ Fuji is now owned by Ideal, who manufacturers most of their bikes [It now seems that Fuji is part of the Advanced Sports Group, a privately help corporation based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Advanced Sports brands include Fuji, SE Bikes, Kestral, Breezer, Oval Concepts, Terry]. Ideal is one of the key Taiwanese manufacturers along with Giant and Merida. Ideal also manufactures for other brands. Topkey of China [Taiwan] manufacturers Fuji’s carbon frames.

Giant: ­ You may have ridden a bicycle made by Giant without knowing it! Giant is the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer with factories in Taiwan, China, and Europe. Giant, a Taiwanese company started in 1972, manufacturers their own bikes­ including the carbon bikes, which is unique in the industry (i.e., most other brands use other manufacturers such as Advanced International Multitech or Martec).

In addition to making their own bikes, Giant also makes, or has made, bikes for many other prominent brands, including Trek, Specialized [now part of Merida], Schwinn, and Bianchi. Giant’s claim to fame is that they have the most advanced and efficient manufacturing facilities in the bicycle industry.

A bit of trivia is that Giant owns 30% of Taiwan Hodaka, a key Taiwanese supplier for many brands such as Bianchi.

Giant also sponsors the T­Mobile professional cycling team [Giant now sponsors the Blanco Procycling team which was formed out of Radobank].

Haro: ­ a California BMX company started in 1977 by Bob Haro. All production comes from Asia. Haro owns the Masi brand. Kenstone, with factories in Taiwan and China, is a key supplier.

Kestrel: ­ Kestrel, an early pioneer in carbon frames, introduced the first production non­lugged carbon frame in 1986. Originally, frames were manufactured in California. In recent years, production shifted to Asia. The frames appear to be made by Martec.

Kona: ­ a California company with all production from Asia. Kona, founded in 1988, is a very small company similar in size to Marin. Fairly and Hodaka in Taiwan are key suppliers.

Kuota: ­ Kuota frames are made in Taiwan by Martec, the same manufacturer that makes Kestrel frames. Kuota is a creation of Sintema [Sports], an Italian manufacturer of components. Basically, they designed the frames, had the frames manufactured in Taiwan, and marketed the brand heavily in the U.S., Western Europe, and Australia. Kuota has been a successful brand launch in a very short period.

LeMond: ­ Greg LeMond is the first American to win the Tour de France, winning in 1986, 1989, and 1990. LeMond also won three World Championships and the Tour DuPont. His career was cut short by lead poisoning from a hunting accident. LeMond’s early bikes were made by Roberto Billato in Italy and distributed by a now­ defunct company named Ten Speed Drive Imports. The Billato made frames are somewhat collectible.

After trying to have an independent bike company, LeMond licensed his brand to Trek Bicycle Company. Trek now designs and markets his bikes, which are made in Asia except for the spine bikes featuring OCLV carbon (which are made in Wisconsin). [I believe Trek has now killed off the LeMond brand name.]

A bit of LeMond trivia is that he helped develop the first aerobat with Scott and used it in his amazing come­from­behind victory in the 1989 Tour de France.

Litespeed: ­ Starting in the 1980’s, Litespeed was a pioneer in titanium frame building. As their reputation grew, a steady stream of cycling legends came to Litespeed for their titanium expertise. For many years, Litespeed built frames for famous brands such as DeRosa, [Eddy] MerckxBa, Basso, LeMond, [Univega, Alpinestars, Marin, Rocky Mountain, Bianchi] Tommasini, and others.

Litespeed was, for a period of time, the largest manufacturer of high­end bicycles in the world. All bikes, including the Merlin brand that they own, are made in Tennessee except for the carbon Pavia (which has been discontinued). The Quintana Roo brand is also owned by Litespeed but is made in Asia. [Litespeed’s parent is the American Bicycle Group.]

Look: ­ Look is a French company with frames made in France and Asia. Look is also a leading pedal brand.

Marin: ­ [Marin is] a California company with production from Asia, except for a handful of high­end models. Marin is a very small company similar in size to Kona. Key Asian suppliers are A­Pro, Fairly, and Sunrise.

Masi:­ Faliero Masi was, in my opinion, the “grandfather” of all Italian frame builders, serving as inspiration to famous frame builders like Ernesto Colnago. Faliero sold his company to Americans in the early 70’s. Since then, the brand has had several owners including Schwinn! At present, the Masi brand is owned by Haro (the California BMX company) and the bikes are made in Asia.

One of my favourite frames was a made ­in ­Italy [, a] Nuovo Strada that I bought from Cumberland Transit in the 80’s. Unfortunately, it was stolen in the 90’s!

Alberto Masi, Faliero’s son, still hand­makes the traditional Masi frames in the shadow of the Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan.

Unfortunately, these frames ­ due the licensing of the Masi name to Haro are not sold in the U.S.

Merlin­ see Litespeed.

Olmo: ­Olmo is a prominent brand in Italy. Traditionally, Olmo has been made in Italy. I don’t have any information on whether any models are made in Asia.

Orbea:­ Orbea is one of the two large Spanish bicycle manufacturers. It is sort of like Spain’s version of Trek or Schwinn. Bikes are produced in Spain and Asia. High­end carbon frames are made in Asia and “finished” (i.e., painted) in Spain.

From Bicycle Retailer and Industry News:

Orbea builds aluminium frames in­house. Carbon fibre frame production, which accounts for half of its road bikes, up from 20 percent just three years ago, is outsourced to such Chinese specialists as Martec. But unlike many bike makers who are content to tweak stock factory frames, Orbea does all of its carbon fibre frame design, engineering and prototyping in­house. It builds its own moulds for new frames and assembles several dozen prototypes before handing off manufacturing instructions to China.

“We need to keep and develop our own knowledge of composites and carbon fibre, and then to find someone who can work with us to build what we want them to build,” Joseba Arizaga (Orbea’s marketing manager) said. “We make the moulds, the first frames, everything here in Orbea. Then, when we are ready to do mass production, we send the instructions to Asia.” [Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, September 1, 2006, Basque Bike Makers (by Doug McClellan)]

Raleigh:­ A few years ago, the U.S. management team, headed by former Murray exec Bill Austin, bought Raleigh from its U.K. owners.

Headquartered in Kent, Washington, production comes from Asia, with key suppliers being Kinesis and A­Pro.

Schwinn:­ Schwinn was for many years the largest American brand. All bicycles were made domestically until the late 80’s.

In 1985, Schwinn management called mountain bikes a “fad” ­oops. After two bankruptcies, Schwinn is now owned by Pacific [now Dorel], who also owns GT, Mongoose, and the Pacific (and some other brands). Pacific is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Under Pacific’s ownership, the Schwinn brand is returning to prominence. Pacific sells more bicycles than any other brand in North America. However, that includes Pacific brands sold at WalMart, Target, etc.

The bikes sold in the U.S. are made in Asia, many by Giant.

Scott USA: ­ Scott got its start in Sun Valley, Idaho, when Ed Scott developed the first aluminium ski pole in 1958. In the 80’s, Scott developed a bike line. Eventually, Scott pulled out of the U.S. market and focused on Europe, where Scott is headquartered.

After an absence of several years, Scott has returned to the U.S. market under the direction of Scott Montgomery of Cannondale fame. Although the company is headquartered in Switzerland, production comes from Asia, with key suppliers being Hodaka and Giant.

Serotta:­ Serotta is a U.S. manufacturer of high­end bicycles. It competes with Seven and is of similar size to Waterford.

Seven: Seven is America’s number one custom bicycle brand. Seven Cycles was founded by Rob Vandermark in early 1997.

Rob, previously head of R&D at Merlin Metalworks, decided to branch out on his own and develop a company to build high­end titanium and steel frames. He also wanted to offer the rider custom geometry, without extra charges and long lead times. So Rob assembled a team of experienced craftspeople who all shared a common goal: To build the highest quality, most innovative frames, and therefore provide the cyclist with the best riding experience possible.

All bikes are hand­made in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Specialized:­ Started in 1974 by Mike Sinyard, Specialized has enjoyed a long­standing reputation for being a leading bicycle design and marketing company.

Several years ago, Merida (a Taiwanese manufacturer) bought a substantial interest in Specialized. Although Specialized is still headquartered in California under the leadership of founder Mike Sinyard, all bikes are made in Asia. Key Asian suppliers are Merida, Ideal, and Giant.

Time:­ Time produces what is arguably the most advanced carbon frame in the world and all frames are hand­made in France, even the entry-level frames.

Trek:­ It’s hard to believe that America’s largest bicycle brand had humble beginnings in a barn! Yet in 1976, Dick Burke ­with an investment of $25,000 started making bicycle frames in a little red barn near Madison, Wisconsin. By 1980, Trek built their first ,manufacturing plant in Wisconsin and the rest, as they say, is history!

After many years of making its own bicycles in the U.S., Trek moved entry and mid level bicycle manufacturing to Asia.

In 1992, Trek introduced its proprietary OCLV carbon process (Optimum Compaction Low Void) which is still used in its handmade carbon frames. All OCLV carbon frames ­ road and mountain ­ are still made in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The all­carbon 5000 (which does not feature OCLV) is made in Asia.

Worldwide, Trek is the second largest bicycle company after Giant (of the brands sold only in bicycle stores). They are one of the most sought­after brands by U.S. dealers because of their strong commitment to brick and mortar bicycle stores (i.e., the brand cannot be sold mail order or over the Internet) and because of their dealer ­friendly policies.

Trek owns (or licenses) Fisher, LeMond, Klein, and Bontrager.

Tommasini:­ Tommasini is a small Italian frame builder in Grosseto, Italy, of similar size to Seven, Waterford, and Serotta. Much of Tommasini’s production is exported out of Italy, with their largest markets being the U.S., Germany, and Japan. In September 2006, Irio Tommasini’s nieces took over U.S. distribution and are relaunching the brand in the U.S.

Waterford:­ Waterford is America’s number one steel custom bicycle brand. All bikes are hand­made in Waterford, Wisconsin.

In the late 1970’s, a young rider, designer and builder named Marc Muller was hired by the Schwinn Bicycle Company. He brought the experience and innovation from his own frame building enterprise and took charge of building the Paramounts, the dominant brand of American ­build racing bicycles.

In the early 1980’s, Marc moved the Paramount factory to Waterford, Wisconsin and continued building élite bicycles and also created a cycling design laboratory.

Marc and his staff introduced a number of key innovations including oversized tubing (one of the most significant advances in frame design), 26″ wheels, cast­in cable guides and a patented full suspension system. These advances allowed them to design and build bikes for National and World champions such as Ned Overand, Marc Allen, Mike Engleman, Tom Prehn and many others.

In 1993, Marc Muller and Richard Schwinn, great­grandson of Ignaz Schwinn, bought the Paramount factory and renamed it Waterford Precision Cycles.

Marc is now one of the most respected bike designers in the entire bicycle industry. And Waterford, with a one hundred year heritage in bicycle manufacturing, continues to make a winning, world-class frames one at a time.

Waterford is 90 minutes north of Chicago. If you visit Chicago, feel free to call for a factory tour.

What have I missed? Let me know and I’ll be happy to reply. Again, you may wish to consult Bicycle Retailer and Industry News’ 2007 Factory and Suppliers Guide, published in their October 1, 2006, issue. The guide lists which factories the U.S. brands use for their manufacturing.


More recently (February 19, 2012) posted an article, titled “Who made your bike?” which discusses the state of play in 2012 but does not go into the details such as what Kerry Roberts did in 2006, but still worth a read.

Cycling IQ series titled “Vertical Limit” is also worth a read for insights into the industry.

If you can fill in some gaps or update Kerry’s work please leave a comment below. I would love to keep this breakdown of the industry as current as possible.

62 Responses to Where was my bicycle made?

  1. J Lewis 2 October 2013 at 1:46 AM #

    Where is Kildemoes made? Thanks John

    • Andrew Priest 2 October 2013 at 7:46 AM #

      I don’t know sorry, but since they are a Dutch bicycle brand I am guessing either eastern Europe or Asia. Maybe someone will have a more definitive answer.

      • Uve Svensson 7 June 2014 at 11:05 PM #

        Kildemoes is a *Danish* brand from Odense, Denmark, now owned by Grimaldi AB’s Cycleurope,
        Bikes used to be made in Denmark, but production shifted to another facility when the Danish factory was closed down a few years back.

        • Aushiker 8 June 2014 at 9:31 AM #

          Thanks for the update on Kildmoes.

  2. Stevo 4 February 2014 at 10:31 PM #

    Any info on bmc?

    • Aushiker 5 February 2014 at 10:11 AM #

      No sorry.

    • Mike Kowalski 8 July 2016 at 9:23 AM #

      All but the top one which is made almost entirely by robot/machine are made in china.

  3. Russ 13 February 2014 at 12:10 PM #

    Where is cervelo made?

    • Aushiker 14 February 2014 at 4:44 PM #

      I do not know Russ. All the information that I have is posted above. As new information comes to hand I do update the post but at this point in time I have nothing on Cervelo.

      • Russ 15 February 2014 at 2:28 PM #

        Oh well, thanks anyway. I really enjoyed reading this one, and I really appreciate you putting all this together!

      • mike 18 July 2015 at 5:49 AM #

        All cervelos except the top model are made in China/Taiwan

    • ekim55102ke 18 July 2015 at 5:42 AM #

      All except the top model are made in China/Taiwan.

    • bob 12 December 2015 at 1:36 AM #

      Cervelo is made in down town Toronto

      • Aushiker 12 December 2015 at 10:54 AM #

        Seems that is only the top models but.

    • Timmi 15 July 2016 at 9:31 PM #

      A few years back, I had a job interview at Cervélo in Montreal, QC, Canada. (as a bicycle designer using CAD). I saw their facility in the back, where they spin carbon fiber and make frames. So I would say made in Canada… but it was a small facility, and I can’t imagine any sort of volume coming out of there that could satisfy a global market. So, that’s my 5 cents worth… sorry I can’t give you a definitive answer.

    • Szépvölgyi Csaba 28 April 2018 at 11:56 PM #

      Cervelo also porduces in Taiwan except for the most expensive models.

  4. Ray 28 February 2014 at 4:22 PM #

    I’m a bit in doubt about Cannondale. I can read about manufacturers in Taiwan and China but I’m interested in where the frames and forks are actually made. I’ve read something about ADK company but nothing conclusive. Does anyone know?

    • mike 18 July 2015 at 5:46 AM #

      Cannondale was made in the US for years but an entry into making motocross bikes bankrupted them. The bottom feeders who bought them swiftly moved all production to China/Taiwan.

  5. Matt 2 April 2014 at 2:02 AM #

    This is a really great piece of information! Thanks for putting together!

    • Aushiker 2 April 2014 at 8:02 AM #

      Thanks but I really didn’t do much at all. Just salvaged the old posting which had gone to the wilds of the Internet archives.

  6. Miguel 9 May 2014 at 3:40 AM #

    No Mongoose? that sucks!! hehehe!!

  7. Joe Armstrong 28 June 2014 at 10:59 AM #

    You didn’t mention the whole line of Japanese bicycles that dominated the markets in the 1980’s and was overtaken by Taiwan as the economics shifted to Chinese manufacturing. Nishiki bicycles, which were a designed and marketed by West Coast Cycles and made initially by Kawamura Cycle Co of Japan and later by Giant, were a dominate force that competed with “Miyata, Fuji, Bridgestone, Panasonic, Univega, Lotus and Centurion — itself a line of Japanese-manufactured bicycles that were specified, distributed and marketed by Western States Imports (WSI), a U.S. company similar to West Coast Cycle” according to Wikipedia.

    • Aushiker 28 June 2014 at 6:34 PM #

      You are quite correct, I didn’t mention the bikes you referred to as I didn’t write the original blog post; please see the opening paragraph.

      Also in fairness to Kerry Roberts who wrote the original blog post, it was clearly about mainstream brands in the US marketplace at the time it was written.

      That said thanks for adding to the knowledge base.

  8. Piero 1 July 2014 at 7:31 PM #

    And Wilier Triestina?
    It is a quite important italian brand, with HQ near Vicenza.
    Do you have some information about it? Thank you

  9. Skeptomatic 16 August 2014 at 11:29 PM #

    RE: Merlin – Merlin frames were built in Cambridge, MA. from 1986-1998. Saucony, led by Hyde Athletic Industries, acquired Merlin in 1998.[6] Many employees, led by one of Merlin’s first employees, Rob Vandermark, left Merlin to form Seven Cycles. Gwyn Jones was the only original founding member that remained with the company. As a result of Saucony’s ownership, sales of Merlin frame declined, as stocks were left piling high.[3]

    Merlin Metalworks was purchased by the American Bicycle Group in 2000 who relocated the company to Chattanooga, TN.[2] Until 2011 American Bicycle Group owned three bicycle manufacturers: Merlin, Litespeed, Quintana Roo and the bicycle component maker Real Designs.

    On March 16, 2011, American Bicycle Group announced that bicycle retailer Competitive Cyclist of Little Rock, AR had acquired the rights to the Merlin Metalworks brand.[7]

    At the spring 2013 National American Handmade Bike (NAHB) show, Competitive Cyclist announced the return of Extralight Merlin road bike production with new geometry and additional models projected for later in the year.[8] The Merlin frame is made of American sourced titanium by Form Cycles of Arizona.[9]

  10. Lou 8 September 2014 at 6:19 AM #

    I very much appreciate this article. I am looking for a bike presently and am surprised that people don’t seem to understand why someone would prefer a bike made in Taiwan to one made in China. In fact, many bike shop employees tell me (incorrectly), “all bike shop employees tell me are made in China.” I think they simply don’t realize that Taiwan is no China. China is a brutally suppressive regime with countless human rights violation that is moving aggressively to dominate the Pacific (and to conquer Taiwan), even recently making threatening gestures towards the US military in international waters. Taiwan is a multi-party democracy with universal suffrage and a key US ally in the Pacific. We can choose whom we empower with our dollars.
    Encouraged by your article, I found two Bianchi today made in Taiwan that I am considering buying (Iseo and Torino), but the woman in the Trek store said, “all bikes are made in China.”

  11. Steve 30 September 2014 at 1:26 PM #

    Don’t forget to research a bit about the Electra Bike Company

  12. Beverly Setters 11 January 2015 at 1:26 AM #


  13. ekim55102 20 May 2015 at 9:57 AM #

    Trek OCLV frames are no longer exclusively made in the US. Despite some BS about OCLV being a protected NATO only available technology, a few years ago it started to be used on Treks made in China. I must have missed China being enrolled as a NATO member?

  14. Hector 15 July 2015 at 7:39 AM #

    Olmo is an Argentine brand with more tan 50 years in the market. Their steel road frames were serious competitors for Italian frames, but during the late 80’s the company went bankrupt and after a few years out of the market they started all over but as far as we (end users) know all aluminum and carbon frames are made in China and/or Taiwan.

    • Aushiker 17 July 2015 at 10:19 PM #

      Thanks for the update on Olmo.

  15. kcb 2 December 2015 at 4:06 PM #

    Polygon bikes on redbull rampage yaayyy

  16. sdsdsd 18 December 2015 at 3:40 AM #

    I think the other big Spanish manufacturer is BH. Or is it Rabasa?

  17. Hktr Fuented 20 January 2016 at 12:23 PM #

    I’m interested in buying a Litespeed M1 carbon frame. In a video posted in YouTube ( ) the company’s owner states that every Litespeed is made in the USA. What’s the truth??

  18. L JH 5 March 2016 at 7:01 PM #

    Do you know a bicycle brand name ‘TRS’.
    If know can tell me the where it made.

    • Aushiker 6 March 2016 at 11:02 AM #

      Sorry cannot help you but hopefully someone else with have information.

    • Hector 6 March 2016 at 11:56 AM #

      As far as I know TRS is a Malasyian manufacturer. The also produce low-end and mid-range carbon frames for other brands. There is also a TRS MTB model from Brazilian brand Caloi.

  19. Pedro 7 March 2016 at 8:29 AM #

    G’day Folks,
    Very interesting site if you’re into cycling. I have a Kent Mountain Bike(still in perfect condition) I bought on Father’s Day on special for $165? from Big W about 10 years ago. I intend to upgrade to a bike that has disk brakes. Polygon appeal to me as the price is favourable at au$400. I assume they are made in China like my Kent KTC with the Quadtro Linkage Suspension. Any feedback on Polygon would be appreciated.

    • Jx 29 June 2016 at 5:38 PM #

      Polygon is made in Indonesia.

  20. James 3 April 2016 at 4:02 AM #

    Regarding Trek, what year did they stop making most bikes in the US. Thanks

  21. Tony817lhj 3 June 2016 at 6:24 PM #

    now Aluminium Cannondales are not made in the U.S?

  22. James 7 July 2016 at 10:44 AM #

    Do you have any information on Nashbar and Scattante bikes are from specifically?

  23. Tan 22 September 2016 at 11:48 AM #

    Hi, do you know about TRS Bike ? Mind to share it ?

    • Aushiker 24 September 2016 at 9:06 PM #

      Sorry cannot help but maybe someone else can.

  24. David 21 October 2016 at 2:48 AM #

    Hi Andrew,
    I came across your page recently and noticed you had Serotta Bicycles still listed as a brand in existence. I wanted to help with the flow of information and mention that Serotta has gone out of business as of last year (I believe that was the timing). On that note, there is a new brand you could consider sharing with your followers and that brand is Sage Titanium Bicycles. Sage bikes are designed in Portland, OR., and made in Chattanooga, TN. Production and full custom are available as is International shipping.

    • Aushiker 22 October 2016 at 12:29 PM #

      Thanks David for your comment which adds to information available.

  25. Şükrü Güllüoğlu 31 January 2017 at 3:26 PM #

    Bianchi, Carraro and Lapierre havea factory in Manisa, Turkey

  26. knarc 26 February 2017 at 6:12 AM #

    mekk bicycles? Is a UK brand, does anyone know if this brand is still in business?

  27. Rufo,Jr 22 February 2018 at 3:58 PM #

    How about MERCIER bikes? I still have my frame though it was partially wrecked when i met an accident riding my bike

  28. Jeff Munger 3 August 2018 at 2:30 AM #

    Is it fair to assume that there is really not any great variation in actual quality of most bikes? I assume they are all either made in one particular city or town in China or Taiwan. Is there any great variation in component parts accross brands? I guess my real question is, what is the actual qualty variation from a super nice looking schwinn mountain bike at wal-mart for 150 to say a Specialized mountain bike for 550.00 at the bike shop? They seem so similar yet the variation in price is massive.

  29. Will 24 March 2019 at 7:18 PM #

    Could you add information on Cervelo?

  30. Tomas 27 March 2019 at 6:49 PM #

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  31. Kazuaki Suzuki 16 September 2019 at 11:38 PM #

    You did not include Jamis

  32. Eddy 8 November 2019 at 1:43 PM #

    I think you forgot Cinell…. one of the best Italian bikes in the world …

  33. Fred 28 March 2020 at 11:43 PM #

    Lynskey should now be added, and all the innovations he did at Litespeed when he created that company should be transferred to the Lynskey listing because it was the Lynskey family that pioneered titanium frame building and not the current owners of Litespeed.

  34. Jose Salvador 19 August 2020 at 9:38 PM #

    Greetings everyone. As a newbie, this information is truly helpful indeed – thank you Sir. Personally, this really frames things into perspective in terms of the power of branding + marketing in relation to the origin country of manufacture. Recently, I purchased a Canyon Endurace after glossing over the mainstream brands (e.g., Trek, Specialized, Cannondale) but having read this, I’m quite certain my bike is made in various countries. Since this seems to be the normal mode of business going forward, we should either embrace it and just enjoy the ride. In light of that however, the idea of starting my own bike startup company bubbles but I digress 🙂 There are the Fezzaris and Speedvagens of the world and they’re making some noise though time will tell if they’re able to sustain or be acquired by a bigger conglomerate yet again. Happy riding.

  35. Ishraq Ridwan husain 25 April 2021 at 7:00 PM #

    i am really interested if anyone knows any bicycle company that still manufacture bicycles exclusively in britain or france or italy. please notify me


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