if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

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if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby rOcKeTdOg » Tue Mar 18, 2014 17:39 pm

i see the chinese Madone, Pinarello, venge and various Cervelo-a-likes but i've never seen a compact geom Defy/TCR copy, why? or am i looking in the wrong places?

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Re: if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby JMcP92 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 17:47 pm

Probably because it is reasonably cheap, the Madone is the cheapest of the lot you've got there and I think the entry level is around £1000. The Defy range starts at £499 so hardly makes copies worth the effort.
I grant you, there is more logic to making copies of the Defy Advanced, or TCR, but I can't see the Defy 1 through 5 being worth it

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Re: if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby rOcKeTdOg » Tue Mar 18, 2014 17:53 pm

yea TCR ISP I'd have thought as it's carbon , no one copies any alu frames though do they?

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Re: if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby JMcP92 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 17:59 pm

Not since carbon became the thing to have, no. No point in doing so anymore.
Beyond the above guess, I can't be sure, it is true you can find copies but I'm unsure why you'd bother?

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Re: if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby DesWeller » Tue Mar 18, 2014 23:50 pm

No cachet. Trek wouldn't have any either if it wasn't for LA.

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Re: if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby Rolf F » Wed Mar 19, 2014 07:56 am

Why would anyone make an alloy frame for £100 which is a fake of a £300 frame when they can make a carbon frame for £150 which is a fake of a £3000 frame?
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Re: if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby rOcKeTdOg » Wed Mar 19, 2014 13:39 pm

Exactly, but a 1k+ carbon yes, but despite the moulds probably residing in the same factories there are no Giant copies, is their security better?

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Re: if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby crankycrank » Wed Mar 19, 2014 15:35 pm

rOcKeTdOg wrote:Exactly, but a 1k+ carbon yes, but despite the moulds probably residing in the same factories there are no Giant copies, is their security better?

Giant, being Taiwanese, don't source out their work as far as I know and may know the right people in China (if you know what I mean :wink: ) to keep the counterfeiters away. They do of course make frames for many other mfrs. but do it with proper legal contracts.

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Re: if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby Rolf F » Wed Mar 19, 2014 17:38 pm

Another angle is that most people who buy fakes are into superficial bling - the subtle stuff doesn't appeal. It's no surprise that the biggest target for fakers seems to be Pinarello - arguably the most blingy bike brand; the Rolex of the bike world! :lol:
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Re: if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby rickeverett » Wed Mar 19, 2014 18:08 pm

Are Chinese copies mealy moulds with no licence or open moulds anyway? - vast majority aren't stolen or copied designs. Some are development moulds too.

The Chinerello may just be one of them that was a development mould.

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Re: if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby rOcKeTdOg » Wed Mar 19, 2014 19:08 pm

It's no surprise that the biggest target for fakers seems to be Pinarello - arguably the most blingy bike brand; the Rolex of the bike world


Are they? I think they look awful, but then I'm not a Rolex fan either

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Re: if the Defy is so popular, where are the chinese copies?

Postby DKay » Wed Mar 19, 2014 19:22 pm

The Chinarello knock-offs are now years old. The open mould frames coming out direct from China are much better now apparently and the available range is pretty large.


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