|> Cannondale to Manufacture Thermoplastic Bicycles
|> An unknown person (*) informed me that he had just returned from
|> Cannondale Headquarters where he completed the sale of thermoplastic
|> manufacturing equipment, associated technology/materials and training to
|> the aluminum frame giant.
|> * The informant is a total stranger. He just approached me and said, "I
|> just got back from PA and guess what?" I manage a shop in Baltimore.
|> He is employed by a thermoplastic company.
|> How could this make sense? Well folks, I don't know if there has been a
|> thread on the future price of aluminum here, but, the bicycle industry is
|> bracing itself for a sudden rise in the cost of aluminum which will cost
|> you $150 or more for an aluminum frame next year.
|> The US has been purchasing Al from Russia at lower than previously normal
|> prices because of a glut of the material. The glut is over and prices
|> are going to return to normal + a bit more. I don't know how much in raw
|> billet form the price will increase, but I have been told by a Gary
|> Fisher rep to expect aluminum frames to cost $150 or more next year.
|> My gut told me no way. How could a bike company with a tradition of
|> quality aluminum craftsmanship cross not the line into the realm of
|> steel, but into an uncharted zone (with bikes--except Giant) where
|> success depends on a material most bicyclists associate with Tupperware
|> and waste deposits?
|> When I considered the increased cost of aluminum though, things started
|> to become clear. Evolve or die.
|> Does anyone know anything else about this rumor?
|> Art Sederquist
Lets try to add this up. A good aluminum bike frame is 3 pounds.
Next year it will cost $150 more because raw aluminum is increasing in price.
This would seem to indicate that aluminum is increasing by $50/pound next year.
I guess that if I were selling composites, steel, or any other non-aluminum
material, I would try to spread BULLSHIT like this also.
If aluminum was increasing in price by $50/pound, bicycle companies
would not be worrying. Boeing, Airbus, Budweiser, Coors and all the companies
that use A LOT of aluminum would be worried.
So, to sum all this up. Aluminum is NOT going to rise in price by
$50 per pound. Aluminum bike frames are NOT going to rise in price by $150
per bike. This rumor is BULLSHIT.
Jon Myers (Portland, OR)