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    Survey: Startup company

    Hey there

    I am a student at a university in mechanical engineering in Switzerland. We are currently working on a businessplan for a startup company. As I may start a company as soon as I am finished with my BSc, this businesplan is not just for grades. So I would like to ask you to help me by doing the following survey:

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    Of course you are allowed to forward the link to any person riding MTB (downhill)
    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by Squidy; 11-29-2011 at 07:44 AM.

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    There ya go. Hope it helps.

    Good luck with the company if you decide to peruse that.

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    Done. Good luck.

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    Done! Hit me up if you have any questions....

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    Done. Good luck.

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    Free Frame?

    Done. So, if you do end up starting a frame company, people who filled out this survey get one of your frames free or at crash replacement prices, right?

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    Hehe well...as the survey is anonym, its going to be hard to offer free frames.

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    Done. Good luck
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    Done. Good luck!

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    done! if at all possible, post the results for us to see.

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    done. only thing is i dont really have a prefrence of small v large company. i bet quite a few people are this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    done. only thing is i dont really have a prefrence of small v large company. i bet quite a few people are this way.
    Of course....in the end it's all about the product and not the company size but we want to check if there is a preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squidy View Post
    Of course....in the end it's all about the product and not the company size but we want to check if there is a preference.
    If "small" means "one guy in his garage who started making bikes last year and has no reputation" then size matters. But if it means "one guy who had made enough bikes to have a good reputation" the size doesn't matter.

    Which is another way of saying that reputation matters more than size. It sounds challenging for a startup to build a reputation that will make people comfortable with spending $2000+ on a frame, but with a good product, good support, and good marketing, it's not out of the question.

    If you have your frames made by the same shop that manufactures some other well-known brands that could help a lot. I feel like I can evaluate a design before I buy, but manufacturing problems don't manifest until after the sale, so as a prospective customer that's where I think my risk is. But if you build a good reputation for taking care of your customers, that can offset the risk.

    And so something different and useful. Canfield's rearward wheel path, for example, was the main thing that led me to buy from a small manufacturer. The market is full of frames that use various linkages to yield near-identical wheel paths with near-identical leverage rates, so being different (in a useful way) got my attention and eventually my business.

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    There you go. Good luck.

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    @NWS: Thanks for the post....it really helps to get feedback like that.

    It's exactly where I see the biggest problem...get into the market and build up a good reputation. The problem is that there are way to many companies offering good bikes and too few customers. When you compare the sport to normal MTB, it's a tiny market, especially in Switzerland or Europa overall.
    However, I have some ideas how to reach potential customers and in the end, I don't need to make big money. For me it is more important that I can enjoy what I am doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squidy View Post
    @NWS: Thanks for the post....it really helps to get feedback like that.

    It's exactly where I see the biggest problem...get into the market and build up a good reputation. The problem is that there are way to many companies offering good bikes and too few customers. When you compare the sport to normal MTB, it's a tiny market, especially in Switzerland or Europa overall.
    However, I have some ideas how to reach potential customers and in the end, I don't need to make big money. For me it is more important that I can enjoy what I am doing.
    just take a look at noel buckley of knolly bikes,,, how and where he came from, to the buisness he's built up today...
    if you have a good solid reliable product, and you can back it up with great aftersales and customer support, then you cant go wrong....
    good luck with your plans, hope it all works out for you

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    Filled out and done.

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    Thanks everyone for helping with this survey, it is now closed.

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