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Faking It

"There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper," wrote the great 19th-century social thinker John Ruskin, "and the people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey." He added: "When you pay too much, you lose a …

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When a fake isn’t – open molds vs. the knock-offs

Aliexpress.com sells carbon bicycle frames. Amazingly, it also sells the clamshell molds needed to make these frames. Carbon cycle frames are baked in these molds. Despite modern non-tube carbon frames being called "monocoques," they are not, in fact, made in one piece. They tend to be molded in two pieces, …

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Fake folders – how Brompton and Strida tackle the copiers

There are many more fake Strida folding bikes in circulation than real ones, says the bike’s designer Mark Sanders. The fakes are not made to high standards, he adds. Aliexpress and other Chinese e-tailers are also awash with poor-quality Brompton fakes. "If we don’t do something to protect the innovators …

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Alibaba and the forty fakers – who’s retailing the counterfeits?

"Buy Smart. Buy Direct." That’s the tagline on Chinese e-tailer DHgate.com, suggesting that you’re buying factory-direct, cutting out the expensive middleman. A search for "road bike" brings up thousands of items, with Cipollini and Cervélo carbon bikes at the top of the list, and at amazing prices. In a sidebar …

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Cream, competent or cowboy – which factories are faking it?

An often repeated claim – from buyers of fake frames, and even some low-rent vendors – is that counterfeited big-brand bike frames are made in the same factories as the genuine articles. This is tosh. Gold-plated tosh. With bells on. This was confirmed to BikeBiz by the main manufacturer of …

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Sham chamois – never mind the quality, feel the width

RAPHA Simon Mottram, CEO and founder "Faked products is a growing issue for lots of brands and Rapha is no exception. We have seen a growing number of Rapha fakes.  "There are a lot of factories, especially in the Far East, who will copy any graphic design onto a sublimated …

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Moles, meet the molecatchers – officialdom takes on the counterfeiters

With the bulk made in China, the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition estimates the global value of counterfeit goods at $1.77 trillion. Seven percent of the world’s total trade is counterfeit in nature, estimates the World Customs Organisation. The financial loss to companies threatens jobs, reduces national tax takes, and suffocates innovation. …

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Snap, crackle and pop – do fake bikes and parts crumple?

Manufacturers and brand owners like to claim that fake frames and parts are little better than papier-mâché and will, at some point, collapse. The uncomfortable truth for the industry is that despite YouTube videos that appear to show fake handlebars being crushed with biceps many fake frames and parts are …

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“I bought a fake” – who’s buying the knock-offs and why?

A small but growing number of cyclists openly flaunt the fact they sport shady shades and ride on faux frames. In the UK, USA, and Australia some folks brag about bagging such supposed anti-corporate bargains. Sometimes the well-off will mix in a fake with their originals for a laugh. For …

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Tiger watching tigers – Specialized’s Andrew Love fights the fakers

There are many fake Specialized products available online, but there would be an awful lot more if it weren’t for Andrew Love, head of Specialized’s brand security division. Love and his multi-lingual team of fifteen aim to spot the fakers, and zap them. Based in Specialized’s distribution centre in Salt …

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