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BoTY Winner
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Here's what DeeEight over at MTBR has to say:

Aegis and kestrel were spin-offs of a company in the USA which made composite frames for other brands (including Trek - before they moved production inhouse) which included Bik in france.

The engineers / designers had a falling out over what was better...

Doing 1-piece monocoques which required entirely different molds and jigs for each frame type and size (those that founded Kestrel favoured this method) which is more expensive but yeilds a better product for the individual customers and which is how the Bik frames were made.

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Doing multi-piece construction with common subsections joined at lugs, so you can share sections between frame sizes, which is cheaper and compromises a perfect fit for a customer (which is what the Aegis boys wanted).


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Gold Trader / PoTM Winner / RB Rider
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I found out that Mountain bik were imported by a big shop in france .

later on the road version became the top of the range of Decathlon .

Mine cost my dad £1000 in 1992 with a full shimano RSX group and mavic wheels . I only got it as the Specialized I wanted was out of stock . The bik was more expensive so , I downgraded the groupset .


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and the response from Aegis...

The "Bik"s were produced by this factory along with some Ironhorse, Peugot,
Profile and Basso.. We've got a couple around and they're real..

Pete

Pete Orne
AEGIS Racing Bikes USA
U.S. Route 1, North
44 Elm Street
Camden, Maine 04843-1911


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