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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    ...Keep in mind that Trek is now putting a lot of pressure on their dealers and requiring them to keep at least an 80% Trek inventory in order to call themselves a Trek dealer. My shop is severing its relationship with Trek because of this.
    What will those shops do if many of the majority players decide to play this game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Methodical View Post
    What will those shops do if many of the majority players decide to play this game?
    Sell only the non-majority players? So far, Cannondale is the only majority player who isn't doing this business practice. There are many very good lesser known brands out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    Sell only the non-majority players? So far, Cannondale is the only majority player who isn't doing this business practice. There are many very good lesser known brands out there.
    Yes, but folks want the known brands or perhaps build their own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Methodical View Post
    Yes, but folks want the known brands or perhaps build their own.
    Not necessarily. I know very few people who say they gotta have a Trek or Giant or Cannondale or Specialized. So for those folks who are just taking a step up from their old aluminum bike to a $2,000-$4,000 carbon bike, they are pretty much open to brands. If it's a brand they have never heard of, their reaction at first may be "is it any good?". But once the brand gets more exposure, more are willing to go for it. And with the internet, if there are any known problems with a brand, they will stick out like a sore thumb.

    Now if you are talking higher end, most of the brand loyal people swoon over boutique brands like Cervelo, Pinarello and Colnego just to name a few.
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    Any updates on what you decided to do and what bike did end up picking up?

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