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    Who's updating the FAQ?

    Probably no one, but just in case, here's a new builder just referenced on another board. Word is somewhere on the order of $400 for a frame. Website is preliminary, but here's the link anyway.

    https://www.couchcycles.com/home.html

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    Couch? Thats a Mia

    [QUOTE=wooglin]Probably no one, but just in case, here's a new builder just referenced on another board. Word is somewhere on the order of $400 for a frame. Website is preliminary, but here's the link anyway.

    http://www.couchcycles.com/home.html

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    That looks way too much like an IRO Mia. Same externally butted headtube, same curved seat and chain stays, disc only no canti studs, seat stay bridge drilled for fender. Ever the color is the same. I wish I could see what it says on the chain stay, IROs say "You only need one." Are these guys having the same people in Tiawan build them frames, or did they just relable a Mia so they could show a bike with their name? If it is the same, or extremely similar, why would anyone want to pay more money for it?

    Here is the Mia .......for comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattman
    That looks way too much like an IRO Mia.
    Wow. Sure does look similar....
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    no big surprise. it's all the same frame made in Taiwan. NYCbikes sells the exact same frame as jamie roy (albeit different colors).

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    I don't think that's correct

    Quote Originally Posted by weather
    no big surprise. it's all the same frame made in Taiwan. NYCbikes sells the exact same frame as jamie roy (albeit different colors).
    Uuum....the Jamie Roy is also an IRO model, and while it has some of the same features, it's a very different bike than the Mia. Think SS commuter or messenger bike. It has an aluminum frame 130mm rear spacing set up for 700c road wheels with road type brakes if any.

    I did not see any NYC bikes like either the Mia or Jamie Roy, though it would not be surprising. If car companies can share the same designs and tooling why not bikes.
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    I think

    what he's saying is that NYC bikes sells a frame identical to the Jamie Roy, for $199.99, thus, it is quite possible that another company (i.e. this Couch Cycles company) would get the same mountain frame as the Mia.



    Although, I must say, that looks like a relabelled Mia. I would bet money it says "You only need one" on the chain stay. Interestingly, this is not at all their slogan (get off your couch and ride one of ours), whereas it is IRO's. Additionally, the couchcycle website says they are still in the design phase, and have no photos on their own site.

    If they're really going to charge $400 for that frame, I think they'll be in trouble.

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    They have to show something

    Quote Originally Posted by SSSasky
    what he's saying is that NYC bikes sells a frame identical to the Jamie Roy, for $199.99, thus, it is quite possible that another company (i.e. this Couch Cycles company) would get the same mountain frame as the Mia.



    Although, I must say, that looks like a relabelled Mia. I would bet money it says "You only need one" on the chain stay. Interestingly, this is not at all their slogan (get off your couch and ride one of ours), whereas it is IRO's. Additionally, the couchcycle website says they are still in the design phase, and have no photos on their own site.

    If they're really going to charge $400 for that frame, I think they'll be in trouble.
    "Couch" does not exactly bring any kind of bicycle image to mind. I guess a company that is trying to get the name out there needs to show something, so they may have slapped their name on a Mia.
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    So si this Mia the bike that also takes 29" wheels I once seem to have heard of? Tire clearance does seem generous in those pictures. Whichever name on the decal, a truly cheap option is always welcome.

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    Yes the same one

    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    So si this Mia the bike that also takes 29" wheels I once seem to have heard of? Tire clearance does seem generous in those pictures. Whichever name on the decal, a truly cheap option is always welcome.
    Clox, I have a large Mia and my 29r WW here in the garage and I just did some measuring. It seems the 29 will fit, in fact it looks like I could run my exi in front, may have to go a bit smaller in the back. With the sliding drops and rear disc on the Mia, I don't really want to swap wheels today just to see. I did measure pretty carefully using two sets of calipers and a tape measure and it looks pretty good. Next time I'm bored, I'll play with it and take pics.
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    Check out the top of the "SS Manufacturer Listings" section of the FAQ. You can e-mail FAQ suggestions/additions to me. The FAQ only gets updated about once a year now. Kids, family, limited time, other hobbies, blah, blah, blah.

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