One thing I do find a bit odd is the 'fixation' with Pinarello as the brand to replicate. Whilst I'm not naive enough to think these are actually off the same production line it seems odd that it's never (or very rarely) Trek/Spesh/Giant/Cervelo/Scott/Colnago etc, despite them all doing lighter/more aero/more desirable(?) frames.
In the dark recesses of my mind, I seem to recall a De Rosa copy
Even less desirable!
One thing I do find a bit odd is the 'fixation' with Pinarello as the brand to replicate.
I guess it is because you can produce an obvious replica. Take most carbon frames and there isn't really that much to differentiate other than paint. Yes when you look at details you may find differences, but from a distance the dodgy stays do make a pinerello obvious.
Which begs the question of if you want a cheap frame buy one, but why buy a knock off
The Chinese will copy whatever is the latest thing that will make them money.
They already do copy quite a few different models.
For them to get the frame molds, they apparently pay off the security guards and borrow a mold for a few days to copy it, hence the reason the frames are basically identical to the genuine ones.
Dogmas were once painted up Prince frames so easy to spot due to their round seatpost, but they have got the Dogma molds and they now have the aero seatpost.
I read an article not long ago from someone who deals with genuine frame maker factorys and he stated that the actual cost of a frame to the like of Pinarello was around $50!
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