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Viathon bikes - on clearance at Walmart

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I have been riding the R1 105 for a few months now and It's a great bike at a very good price. Also if you are interested in this bike keep in mind that there are components that you can have configured to your likings by contacting the company.
Despite being sold on Walmart.com this bike is assembled, shipped and sold by a small group of people who can be easily contacted and who are promptly replying to inquires.
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Tempted to order and try one tho I'm a noob knowing zilch about bikes other than sick of killing myself on a crap pos Walmart $100 or so bike. Assume can try an return here
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For $2500 they'd better return your phone calls!
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One will get higher end components and pay a bit less with bikesdirect. For $1,399 the Motobecane comes with Ultegra vs 105 on the Viathon at $1,499. http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...ike-xx.htm

Another Ultegra drive train for $999. http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...da_xiv.htm
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I'm not going to click TD, but this is not a good deal for 2 reasons...

1. The pricing benchmark is bikesdirect.com. After 10 seconds, I found this carbon road bike with R8000 Ultegra set for $1600. This is compared to $1600 for a S105 level bike from this Walmart seller. You can argue disc brakes and minor components, but one is Ultegra and one is S105....for the same $1600. They are both 99% imported frame and components being put together and sold by local (American) professional bike people, so there are no nationalistic advantage to either seller.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...-swiss.htm

2. I hate to stereotype fellow cyclists, but many/most of them buy expensive bikes to show off or doesn't understand materials/technology/marketing, so they fixate on brand recognition (the 'sticker') For this big reasons, they wouldn't buy a no name bike, and especially won't buy it from Walmart. Imagine the embarrassment when you pull up to your group ride in full spandex and oakleys and the guy at the next table with his COLNAGO ask you where you got your bike from?!
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Imagine the embarrassment when
...your rear triangle snaps and you are out of work for a year, left permanently disabled and there is no one to name in your suit
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...your rear triangle snaps and you are out of work for a year, left permanently disabled and there is no one to name in your suit
90% (or more?) of the bikes sold in America are made in China. I'm not seeing significant problems. If lawsuits are significant, would Walmart/Dicks' and all the other bike sellers still be in business? (Or at least still selling these bikes?)

Do USA made bikes not break? Not according to the youtube videos of downhillers.

Does this no-name bike company in the OP have better lawyers/warranty than bikesdirect.com?

Maybe I'm old enough to remember when department bikes were made here, and they also sucked and break. I've had English frame weld fail, forks crack at the eyelets, etc.
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lawsuits are significant
...when your livelihood is on the line
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I'm not going to click TD, but this is not a good deal for 2 reasons...

1. The pricing benchmark is bikesdirect.com. After 10 seconds, I found this carbon road bike with R8000 Ultegra set for $1600. This is compared to $1600 for a S105 level bike from this Walmart seller. You can argue disc brakes and minor components, but one is Ultegra and one is S105....for the same $1600. They are both 99% imported frame and components being put together and sold by local (American) professional bike people, so there are no nationalistic advantage to either seller.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...-swiss.htm [bikesdirect.com]

2. I hate to stereotype fellow cyclists, but many/most of them buy expensive bikes to show off or doesn't understand materials/technology/marketing, so they fixate on brand recognition (the 'sticker') For this big reasons, they wouldn't buy a no name bike, and especially won't buy it from Walmart. Imagine the embarrassment when you pull up to your group ride in full spandex and oakleys and the guy at the next table with his COLNAGO ask you where you got your bike from?!
Lots of truth here. But that guy's COLNAGO is made in Taiwan along with the bulk of Carbon bikes produced and was probably made in Giant's or Specialized's factories under contract..
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Lots of truth here. But that guy's COLNAGO is made in Taiwan along with the bulk of Carbon bikes produced and was probably made in Giant's or Specialized's factories under contract..
But the name is Italian, so it must be boss! ;-)


Anyway, for anyone looking for buy cheap bike, unfortunately, you missed the best times for clearance - August-September, and January-February for Walmart and major bike retailers. The best advice I can give you is to set an alert for "bike" and "bicycle" on SD.

But if you want a decent bike now, bikesdirect.com prices are fair. Sure, you might get lucky like I did and got a FELT DECREE 3 full carbon full suspension XT level MTB with PIKE shox for $1500 shipped last summer, but if you need a bike NOW, specially since we're all quarantined, but can still go out and enjoy the bike trails...its not worth waiting months to possibly save $200...

https://slickdeals.net/e/13150483-mountain-bikes-up-to-55-off-felt-decree-40-1375-doctrine-6-1380-decree-4-2100-dispatch-7-80-480-at-chainreactioncycles-com?v=1&src=SiteSearch
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If you're not married to having a carbon frame (and i'm absolutely not starting *that* debate) you can do better component-wise even from premium brands like Cannondale, Specialized, Trek, etc.

If you just have to have a carbon frame at this price point go check out Bikesdirect, Performance/Nashbar etc.
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If you're not married to having a carbon frame (and i'm absolutely not starting *that* debate) you can do better component-wise even from premium brands like Cannondale, Specialized, Trek, etc.

If you just have to have a carbon frame at this price point go check out Bikesdirect, Performance/Nashbar etc.
My next bike will have titanium frame. I ride a old school Bianchi Eros with cro-mo frame and the ride is great and less harsh on chip seal roads vs my Specialized Allez with it's aluminum frame.
Here's a sweet bike with titanium frame and Dura Ace. Heck of a price too at $2,600.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...-bikes.htm
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My next bike will have titanium frame. I ride a old school Bianchi Eros with cro-mo frame and the ride is great and less harsh on chip seal roads vs my Specialized Allez with it's aluminum frame.
Here's a sweet bike with titanium frame and Dura Ace. Heck of a price too at $2,600.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/produc...-bikes.htm
Btw, the majority of frames from any mfg come from Kinesis in Taiwan. Quality frames at all price levels.
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Taiwan makes much better quality products than the rest of China. I wouldn't trust a frame made on the mainland, but I have had good experiences w/ frames made in Taiwan.
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