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    MEC Selling Ghost Bikes.

    MEC to distribute Ghost bikes in Canada - Pinkbike.com

    Not bad. Nice to see some more variety at MEC bikewise.

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    Oh the horror. MEC is out to destroy the LBS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    Oh the horror. MEC is out to destroy the LBS.
    And the distributors, with which we would never be able to survive without in Canada.

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    Imagine the market ruckus if it was Giant, Specialized or Trek bikes.
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    I was considering a few Ghost bikes from CRC in the fall. Some great value for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braids View Post
    And the distributors, with which we would never be able to survive without in Canada.
    For one that may not be a bad thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    For one that may not be a bad thing.
    I guess I should have used this in my post as a sarcasm indicator.

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    Considering that you still have to cough up the $5 to be a member of the MEC to take advantage of their attractive low pricing, the average LBS shouldn't fell threatened. I can't remember the last time a bike shop gave me a blanket 2% discount for paying cash, or I was sent an annual dividend cheque by my LBS. I mean, seriously, the MEC only has a membership of 10% of the population of Canada, it's not likely everyone can buy bikes and bike stuff cheaper from a MEC outlet.

    Now if Costco or Wal-Mart started selling brand name high end bike brands....
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    This could get interesting. What if MEC decides to distribute all sorts of Euro brands like Ghost and Cube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Braids View Post
    I guess I should have used this in my post as a sarcasm indicator.
    Let's just say... a certain Canadian distributor is really working hard at getting on the Hate list.

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    You mean there is actually one that is not on the list?!?!

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    I would never have imagined going to MEC to purchase a Di2 equipped road bike for 4 grand.
    Ghost Lector Pro Road Bicycle (Unisex) - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    I would never have imagined going to MEC to purchase a Di2 equipped road bike for 4 grand.
    Ghost Lector Pro Road Bicycle (Unisex) - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available
    Pretty decent parts spec too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    Considering that you still have to cough up the $5 to be a member of the MEC to take advantage of their attractive low pricing, the average LBS shouldn't fell threatened. I can't remember the last time a bike shop gave me a blanket 2% discount for paying cash, or I was sent an annual dividend cheque by my LBS. I mean, seriously, the MEC only has a membership of 10% of the population of Canada, it's not likely everyone can buy bikes and bike stuff cheaper from a MEC outlet.

    Now if Costco or Wal-Mart started selling brand name high end bike brands....
    A $5 one-time membership fee isn't going to deter someone looking to throw down 1-4k on a bike. Besides, what's a Costco membership go for these days? $55+? Per year?

    MEC may have a membership of 10% of the general population, but I'm guessing among cyclists in cities where they have stores, that percentage is a lot higher. I expect the LBS located in the same city/vicinity as a MEC outlet are going to feel some pain.

    But with only 15 stores across Canada, I agree it won't be as bad as if Costco or Wal-Mart started carrying brand name high end bikes.

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    My lbs is 5 mins from the Burlington mec. I have to admit, I feel for the owner of the bike store. I think his cost on some things is not far off mecs list price. I have nothing against mec. I guess they have an ethical business model, but I hate seeing local small businesses hurting and disappearing because of the big guys.
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    People seem to have this weird view of the MEC being some giant conglomerate and corporate powerhouse, but the profits all go back to the membership (currently 3.3 million members). They have substantial buying power as a co-op, but they don't use a predatory corporate model.
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    $3250 for a XT-equiped, carbon-framed, sub-26 pound 120mm travel full squishy XC bike:

    Ghost AMR Lector 7700 Bicycle (Unisex) - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

    I would have a hard time finding a comparable offering from a LBS that comes close to this.

    Hell, I paid about that for a lesser equipped, non-carbon Specialized Epic back in 2008. And that price was steeply discounted from regular retail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray.vermette View Post
    $3250 for a XT-equiped, carbon-framed, sub-26 pound 120mm travel full squishy XC bike:

    Ghost AMR Lector 7700 Bicycle (Unisex) - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

    I would have a hard time finding a comparable offering from a LBS that comes close to this.

    Hell, I paid about that for a lesser equipped, non-carbon Specialized Epic back in 2008. And that price was steeply discounted from regular retail.
    Blame the Canadian distributors and not your LBS.

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    I think a problem that will come from this is there'll be a significant lack of expertise when it comes to selling these bikes.

    The folks who work in the MEC bike department, generally arent that knowledgeable when it comes to higher end stuff. Maybe this will change and they'll start hiring more experienced/knowledgeable staff?

    It also seems like an interesting move from Ghost' who might be forfeiting the chance of having boutique value upon entry in the Canadian market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superlightracer View Post
    I think a problem that will come from this is there'll be a significant lack of expertise when it comes to selling these bikes.

    The folks who work in the MEC bike department, generally arent that knowledgeable when it comes to higher end stuff. Maybe this will change and they'll start hiring more experienced/knowledgeable staff?
    They are moving in that direction:

    MEC Bike Services - Mountain Equipment Co-op

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braids View Post
    Blame the Canadian distributors and not your LBS.
    Agreed

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    Quote Originally Posted by superlightracer View Post
    It also seems like an interesting move from Ghost' who might be forfeiting the chance of having boutique value upon entry in the Canadian market.
    They can go the boutique route which means going through a distributor in Canada and they usually add about $500 to $1000 to the price tag compared to US prices for complete bikes and then you also have the bike shop mark up on top of that or they can sell directly to MEC for the same price they would probably sell to a distributor in Canada and MEC only puts a bike shop mark up on it. The result is a cheaper bike to consumers that more people will probably buy for the same per unit profit to Ghost. Which would you choose if you were Ghost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superlightracer View Post
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    The folks who work in the MEC bike department, generally arent that knowledgeable when it comes to higher end stuff. Maybe this will change and they'll start hiring more experienced/knowledgeable staff?
    One woman who used to work in the bike department was a hard core mountaibn biker. Rode wearing a short skirt over her lycra while hammering through the Don.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    One woman who used to work in the bike department was a hard core mountaibn biker. Rode wearing a short skirt over her lycra while hammering through the Don.

    ...Not to say there arent exceptions.

    I dealt with the bike department manager of MEC vancouver 4-5 years ago when I was considering moving to BC. I was applying for a wrench job and through the course of the interviews, he made it pretty clear that the focus of their department was entry level - recreational cyclists, and made it a point to say they do not target the high performance segment, nor did they have any plans to do so.

    By bringing in Ghost, this would seem to be a pretty big change in focus.
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    I've read that the Ghost full suspension bikes use a Horst Link design, and the U.S. patent on that (purchased by Specialized some time ago) just expired on January 21st, 2012.

    Some European bike manufacturers that were using a Horst Link design and were not able to sell in North America due to the patent, are now able to sell without having to deal with Specialized. North American bike manufacturers can now use the Horst Link design without working out an agreement with Specialized.

    If all this is true (take it with a grain of salt -- I read it on the internet and there is conflicting information on the patent), then expect to see a lot more competition in the full suspension mtb market this year.

    Things are about to get interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray.vermette View Post
    I've read that the Ghost full suspension bikes use a Horst Link design, and the U.S. patent on that (purchased by Specialized some time ago) just expired on January 21st, 2012.
    There was a discussion about this on this forum, but good luck finding it. If I recall correctly, the patent actually doesn't expire this year but in a couple of more years. I can't exactly remember the reason right now, but I think it had to do with the type of patent it was at the time.
    I don't think there will be a straight answer until Specialized mentions it or it's officially announced in the cycling press and it's a big deal so it should be in the press.

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    Several Canadian manufacturers have used the Horst Link patent if they weren't selling their bikes in the US, as Specialized didn't have a Canadian patent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    Several Canadian manufacturers have used the Horst Link patent if they weren't selling their bikes in the US, as Specialized didn't have a Canadian patent.
    I believe that's correct. Devinci and Norco have both built horst link bikes. I have a 2010 Wilson, and I hear they were not available in the US for this very reason.

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    Norco licenses the FSR patent from Special Ed so they can sell bikes in the USA.

    The patent is only enforceable is the USA. You can sell horst link bikes ANYWHERE other than the USA and not worry about the patent issue.

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    I think it was Scott bikes that used Horst Link in Europe and on bikes available in Canada but had a standard 4 bar rear end in the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ray.vermette View Post
    A $5 one-time membership fee isn't going to deter someone looking to throw down 1-4k on a bike. Besides, what's a Costco membership go for these days? $55+? Per year?

    MEC may have a membership of 10% of the general population, but I'm guessing among cyclists in cities where they have stores, that percentage is a lot higher. I expect the LBS located in the same city/vicinity as a MEC outlet are going to feel some pain.
    Yes....the pain of increased sales and service income. Ohhhh the humanity...the sky is falling... grow up people. MEC is now the canadian distributor for Ghost... and are selling them exclusively for the moment through their stores. I for one am glad because now if I want to own a Ghost (and I do), I can get IN COUNTRY warranty support and parts for the thing.

    Ya know Norco sells parts to MEC as a distributor for shimano, sram and marzocchi and Raceface sells to them also and neither of those things have meant lost sales to LBS's. And you know why not? Because MEC's prices aren't all that low on bike parts or bicycles for that matter. Of course I'm just going off prices here in Ottawa between MEC and other stores, but if wherever you are the LBS is charging way more for say, a chain, than MEC is... find a better LBS that isn't trying to gouge you.

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    Brodie did a double run of rear ends on their fs bikes for a couple years. They did Horst in Canada and then moved the pivot for the US bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braids View Post
    Blame the Canadian distributors and not your LBS.
    Thanks to a certain Cdn distributor who have no messed up 2 orders in less then 2 weeks I'm currently sourcing form CRC the same parts for a customer. Who is to put it nicely pissed at said distributor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray.vermette View Post
    $3250 for a XT-equiped, carbon-framed, sub-26 pound 120mm travel full squishy XC bike:

    Ghost AMR Lector 7700 Bicycle (Unisex) - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

    I would have a hard time finding a comparable offering from a LBS that comes close to this.

    Hell, I paid about that for a lesser equipped, non-carbon Specialized Epic back in 2008. And that price was steeply discounted from regular retail.
    Well go into Pecco's then and get an Eclipse. There are other bike stores in canada that also have their own bike brands. Anyway except for the 120mm travel part, you could get a Hero carbon FS/4 for sub-26 pounds (the ghost weight btw is without pedals) with 100mm travel, also uses a HL 4-bar design, and an X-Fusion PVA shock which has a 4-position pedal platform and adjustable rebound and XT components for about the same price as the Ghost already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    I think it was Scott bikes that used Horst Link in Europe and on bikes available in Canada but had a standard 4 bar rear end in the US.
    It was Scott and I think they've gone to Faux Bar now in Canada.

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    I found a few threads suggesting January 2012 as the expiry, some suggesting a later date, others earlier.

    Some North American manufacturers were licensing the patent from Specialized. Others played around with the pivot points to get around the patent (e.g. "faux-bar"), and still others adopted different suspension designs.

    The patent was unenforceable in Europe, but European manufacturers that tried to import into N.A. in the past ran into trouble with Specialized. There was a legal case involving the Scott Genius about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    Oh the horror. MEC is out to destroy the LBS.
    More like out to destroy OGC or lambert. Win. The LBS should be singing MEC's song for actually creating a chance for some free play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight View Post
    Ya know Norco sells parts to MEC as a distributor for shimano, sram and marzocchi
    Can you back that up with anything substantial? I was talking to the Shimano rep a few years ago who said that they had no idea where MEC got Shimano parts from (I don't necessarily buy that) but I find Norco a bit hard to believe. With this latest development I feel it is more likely that they are simply getting a bulk discount from CRC.

    (Also the Shimano conversation was in regards to pedals which no Canadian distributor except Shimano Canada sells)

    Otherwise I agree with most of what you said, except from the listed pricing it seems like the Ghost bikes will be far more aggressively priced than their lower end models (where they effectively make 2 levels of mark-up).

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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth View Post
    Can you back that up with anything substantial? I was talking to the Shimano rep a few years ago who said that they had no idea where MEC got Shimano parts from (I don't necessarily buy that) but I find Norco a bit hard to believe. With this latest development I feel it is more likely that they are simply getting a bulk discount from CRC.

    (Also the Shimano conversation was in regards to pedals which no Canadian distributor except Shimano Canada sells)

    Otherwise I agree with most of what you said, except from the listed pricing it seems like the Ghost bikes will be far more aggressively priced than their lower end models (where they effectively make 2 levels of mark-up).
    I don't know what the rep you were talking to was smoking but shimano is who sells them the pedals directly. They may "claim" to regular folk who ask that they're clueless as to where MEC gets the pedals, but shimano isn't going to turn down a large order for their pedals just because its a chain of outdoor sporting goods stores. REI stores in the states fill basically the same function as MEC does in canada, and shimano pedals are sold thru them also. REI is also a co-operative that is privately held by its membership. It was founded in 1938 (33 years before MEC) and also like MEC was started to import gear for its members that was unavailable anywhere else in the country.

    REI also sells bikes, suspension forks, all sorts of things regular bike stores sell. Cannondale, Scott and GT bikes can be bought at an REI location, and you don't see big forum whinefests over them carrying those lines of bikes by LBS fanboys and "distributor" spokepersons.
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    Does REI have the same tax status that MEC has?

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    REI is also a Co-op, it's less about tax status and more about distribution of profits and the amount of profit needed, in a co-op usually all the profits go back to the members so there's no tax on the co-op profits, the income is declared by the members.

    Interesting that REI apparently has just over 4 million members, which is not that large a difference over MEC considering the US population is 110x that of Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    REI is also a Co-op, it's less about tax status and more about distribution of profits and the amount of profit needed, in a co-op usually all the profits go back to the members so there's no tax on the co-op profits, the income is declared by the members.

    Interesting that REI apparently has just over 4 million members, which is not that large a difference over MEC considering the US population is 110x that of Canada.
    You don't need to be a member of REI to purchase there. MEC you must be a member.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shirk View Post
    You don't need to be a member of REI to purchase there. MEC you must be a member.
    They always ask to see my membership card at the check-out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shirk View Post
    Does REI have the same tax status that MEC has?
    Hard to compare when one factors in 2 diferent countries and different tax laws.

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    What do you guys think of the Ghost EBS hardtail ? Is this a frame worth building on for an entry level/intermediate ?
    Is 675 too much to pay for this bike ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erikk View Post
    What do you guys think of the Ghost EBS hardtail ? Is this a frame worth building on for an entry level/intermediate ?
    Is 675 too much to pay for this bike ?
    If you don't know the answer to those questions you should probably stop in to your LBS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erikk View Post
    What do you guys think of the Ghost EBS hardtail ? Is this a frame worth building on for an entry level/intermediate ?
    Is 675 too much to pay for this bike ?
    frame is nice but the fork isn't the nicest feeling fork, but she rides ok and is quite a looker
    it tied the room together man!

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    I especially like their descriptions:

    Slick, electronic Di2 technology shifts gears in a fraction of a second and makes you feel like youíre surfing waves on a twin fin board or commanding a Tesla Roadster. Fantastically lightweight carbon frame drives fast and handles supremely well on stiff corners.

    <li>Toray T-700 high molecular carbon fibre frame. Tube dimensions are calibrated to prevent vibration.
    <li>Stiff frame with slim, active flex seat stays are designed to save energy over the kilometres.
    <li>Performance-oriented geometry. The top tube slopes toward the back, so the seat tube protrudes and adds suspension.
    There's something there that I can't pinpoint, but it sounds like someone's got their head deep in some marketing manuals.. :P

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    MEC rocks... Another good move by the co-op. Those prices on the Ghost bikes are impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canadian-clydesdale View Post
    frame is nice but the fork isn't the nicest feeling fork, but she rides ok and is quite a looker
    thanks I've been doing a lot of research since I joined this site and have decided to go with the new emd9 frame. I'm not crazy on the components on the ghost. Staying under 1000 I can do better if I piece together a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggie View Post
    If you don't know the answer to those questions you should probably stop in to your LBS.
    I did do that and their combo deals in my price range suck. Wish I was south of the border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    They always ask to see my membership card at the check-out.
    REI just asks to make sure your purchase is rung up against the membership - they don't require membership like MEC or Costco

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    Is a $5 one time LIFETIME membership share purchase really that much of a hardship ?!?
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    Those bikes look slick and the prices are great, even for South of the Border (I live in SoCal). I'll be checking them out when I'm up in Vancouver this Fall.

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    I took the opportunity to stop by the MEC booth at the Toronto Bike Show this past weekend and to take a look first hand at these Ghost bikes. Not bad looking bikes and the prices seemed pretty good (or at least very competitive at full MRSP).

    I also took the liberty to point out that a lot of people are "trippin' balls" about MEC's entry into third party bikes. I got a very defensive (and possibly over caffinated) response from the person I was speaking too. She was very eager to point out that they've been "in the business now for over two years." wow.

    Another thing that made me shake my head was when I asked a question about the 29er tire selection MEC would have. No one knew the answer and we ended up on one of their iPhones looking at the website. I bring this up only because the last time I was in MEC (looking at and bought a trailer, couldn't beat the price) the clerk couldn't answer any of my questions and instead simply brought me over to a computer so we could look at the webpage together (I had already done that at home). Anyway, to me this is why serious LBSs don't really need to worry too much about MEC because it seems that their staff (or to be fair, the handful I've dealt with) simply don't know, or care to know, about their product.

    I worked in two bike shops during University, and what I learned is that if you really want to sell high end stuff, it's all about PK. I'd say that's even more true today with the proliferation of information available on the internet. Personally, I like to research the hell out of things before I buy and if I find that I know more about the product then the person selling it, that is a real turn off for me, and unless their price is unbeatable, I will go elsewhere.

    OK, end of rant. As you were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight View Post
    Is a $5 one time LIFETIME membership share purchase really that much of a hardship ?!?
    Yes; that $5 fee is a lifetime membership fee. I got mine over 20 years ago LOL.

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    Has anybody ridden the ghost AMR? Thoughts? I am looking for a replacement for a recently broken titus motolite.

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    My immediate thought is that On-One is blowing out Titus frames at really low prices. I think I saw them really cheap on Wiggle.co.uk too. Maybe I'm wrong on Wiggle though.

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    Has anybody ridden the ghost AMR? Thoughts? I am looking for a replacement for a recently broken titus motolite.
    Ghost AMR Lector 7700 Bicycle (Unisex) - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available

    I was thinking about this one too. My full susupension needs replacing and the price on this looks great with a carbon frame. The last time I was at the burlington location they had the 5900 with the aluminum frame so you might want to go by for a test ride.

    Found this review and it looks like a solid bike.

    Ghost AMR Lector 7700 Review - BikeRadar

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    Wow... Would love to know more about these.

    Especially this one

    And why is there no Ghost in the manufacturers section?

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    Nice bikes I must say.. and I love MEC. I could live in that place, literally!

    A dedicated LBS is a tough business to upkeep, the seasonal factor is a tough equation; I'd probably be sweating a bit if I were running one.

    MEC has such a wide array of outdoor bases covered, well known for their product quality, customer service, and attractive pricing.

    Who's complaining about the $5 fee? It's a co-op business model... Ingenious design and money well spent if you ask me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakpal73 View Post
    Wow... Would love to know more about these.

    Especially this one

    And why is there no Ghost in the manufacturers section?
    Consider adding $500 more for the Ghost AMR Lector EBS to get the carbon frame and a bit more travel (120mm vs100mm). Not much difference in weight but the Lector EBS should be much stiffer/stronger. Either bike is sick though.

    Been to many LBS here in Vancouver and the Ghost bikes, particularly the Lectors, are hard to beat unless you get last year's model.

    Ghost is not in the manufacturers section I guess because they're just entering the NA market this year, and they're not available in the US.

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    Do you think we will be able to get a ghost bike with an electronically controlled shock at mec next year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superlightracer View Post
    I think a problem that will come from this is there'll be a significant lack of expertise when it comes to selling these bikes.

    The folks who work in the MEC bike department, generally arent that knowledgeable when it comes to higher end stuff. Maybe this will change and they'll start hiring more experienced/knowledgeable staff?

    It also seems like an interesting move from Ghost' who might be forfeiting the chance of having boutique value upon entry in the Canadian market.
    you are wrong there. MEC hired expert mechanic for high end bikes.

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    Looks like they've kicked up it another notch. They've doubled the floor space, and now bikes are the first thing you see when you walk in the store (the Toronto store at least). Incredibly, the climbing stuff which was tucked away in the back far corner, is now gone altogether. That was a surprise, given how much a part of the mec dna climbing is, and that Ontario has a very active climbing community. I think it's a reflection of all the things we've seen in Ontario the past few years. Forward progression on every front, some of it hard-won, with only a few notable exceptions like the odd bike lane.

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    And MEC is putting their money where the heart of MTBing lives ... The Singletrack.
    They have given money to MTB trail care clubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay. View Post
    Looks like they've kicked up it another notch. They've doubled the floor space, and now bikes are the first thing you see when you walk in the store (the Toronto store at least). Incredibly, the climbing stuff which was tucked away in the back far corner, is now gone altogether. That was a surprise, given how much a part of the mec dna climbing is, and that Ontario has a very active climbing community. I think it's a reflection of all the things we've seen in Ontario the past few years. Forward progression on every front, some of it hard-won, with only a few notable exceptions like the odd bike lane.
    I was there yesterday and was surprised at the change also.

    The climbing gear has a big space at the top of the stairs now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickboers View Post
    I was there yesterday and was surprised at the change also.

    The climbing gear has a big space at the top of the stairs now.
    Oops guess I missed that! I don't remember seeing the Ridley bikes there last year... but now I'm wondering if I just missed that too? Age... anyways, should be room for everyone as the market grows.

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    MEC became the Canadian distributor for Ridley bikes this year, to mixed reactions in the industry from what I've heard.

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    Friend of mine bought one of the 29ers last fall.
    The rear shock doesn't bottom out because the linkage hits the seat-tube clamp.

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