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    LAMPRE drops Wilier for Merida (of Taiwan & China))


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    The cheaper Wiliers (Izoard XP in particular) are made in China, how about the ones LAMPRE rode?

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    Merida = Specialized

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    Quote Originally Posted by MShaw View Post
    Merida = Specialized

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    Well, the other way around, right?

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    Wilier (carbon) frames were made in Asia (somewhere) but Wilier has always said that they did all the frame designs.

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    LAMPRE drops Wilier for Merida (of Taiwan & China))


    You'll never really know, but there is the possibility that Wilier dropped Lampre.

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    Merida is Taiwan. They have some manufacturing facilities in China, but the mothership is in Yuanlin, Taiwan. I may ride that way tomorrow, come to think of it.

    I have been hearing rumors of this for a while. Merida tried to keep it under wraps, but I think the troubled Lampre team wanted to ensure the other sponsors that there would be a future. This is interesting as it pits Giant and Merida against one another in the pro peloton.

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    Anyone else notice the Sarto ad on the side panel? There's a hint there to who will actually make the bikes that the team is riding, regardless of how they are badged....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danimal View Post
    Well, the other way around, right?

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    IIRC Specialized sold half (or more) of the company to Merida a few years back. Could be wrong tho. All Morgan Hill has in it are design offices and maybe a few prototyping operations.

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    It seems Lampre has been looking for a second major sponsor with relatively deep pockets for several years now. Looks like they've ffinally found one.
    Eff the King's Guard. Eff the city. Eff the King.

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    Merida is 2nd largest bicycle manufacturer in Taiwan. According to wiki, they bought 49% of Specialized a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
    Anyone else notice the Sarto ad on the side panel? There's a hint there to who will actually make the bikes that the team is riding, regardless of how they are badged....
    You should be a conspiracy theorist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
    Anyone else notice the Sarto ad on the side panel?
    That ad has been there for years. Nothing to do with the story.

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