Richard Sachs moves production to Taiwan
CHESTER, CT (April 1, 2006): Noted framebuilder Richard Sachs announced today that effectively immediately, he will be outsourcing all production of Richard Sachs bicycle frames to Giant Bicycles, Inc. of Taiwan.
“I’ve been spending too much time in the shop, and not enough time rolling in the mud with Spencer”, says Sachs, from his Chester, CT home. “Tony Lo has assured me that the high quality to which my clients have become accustomed shall not suffer.”
“There will be some changes in the manner in which Richard Sachs frames are manufactured, however,” adds Lo.
It is not known at this time whether the first Giant-built frames will be of TIG-welded ultra-light aluminium, or carbon-fibre, but Sachs expects that the Discovery Channel cycling team will be making a mid-season jump from Trek to his new frames.
“During the last few years, we have seen a lot of success with the T-Mobile team riding our frames,” says Tony Lo, “but we know that most Americans wouldn’t be caught dead riding something so obviously made in Taiwan. By taking the Richard Sachs name, we hope that the cachet normally reserved for individually handbuilt frames will carry over to mass production.”
“If all goes well,” Lo adds, “we hope to offer Richard Sachs frames through finer retail establishments in the near future. We already have a committment for 100,000 bicycles from both the Kresge and Walton companies.”