|(Clockwise) Chris, Saris' CEO, and Sara Fortune pose in front of the restored farmhouse that is their corporate headquarters. Lon checks the accuracy of a tubing bender. CycleOps' pro-level indoor cycle is about as rugged as they come. Resistance unit housings for CycleOps Fluid2 hydraulic resistance trainers. PowerTap wireless MTB 142x12 power metering hub.|
|Saris is lucky that its two staple products, bike carriers and indoor trainers, sell at opposite seasons. We are making indoor trainers now, during the winter, and in early spring we start building carriers. The fact that we make almost everything here allows us to build exactly what we need in time for major orders. It helps us use our labor effectively.|
- Bill Shager, Executive Vice President
|Disassembled, the disc-brake version of the PowerTap hub reveals the simplicity of its design. An aluminum torque tube inserted in the hub shell is driven by the freehub assembly. Strain gauges sense minute twisting in the torque tube and the hub then converts torque and speed to display the rider's actual power output. The sealed plastic dome (PowerCap) houses the battery and wireless transmitter. PowerTap provides its own brake rotors with a larger bolt pattern to allow access to the PowerCap.|
|Saris makes a number of electronic devices. (From left) The internals of the PowerTap wireless hub computer before the plastic PowerCap is ultrasonically welded together. A wall of Joule wireless remote PowerTap computers being tested. The guts of the magnetic-resistance system used on magneto and Powerbeam trainers. Completed magnetic resistance systems ready for testing and final assembly.|
|When asked, 'Why did he choose to continue to manufacture Saris products in the US?' Fortune didn't hesitate: 'Patriotism,' he replied. 'Why can't we make the stuff ourselves, here?'|
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I think a lot of bike/accessory manufacturers can learn from how Saris does business.
Wouldn't want to upset those companies that pay you.
Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
liquidSpin. Your bananas.
Its just an opinion, not any action.
If this article had a true independent opinion highlighting both pro's and cons (etc), then I would be bothered by what you said... as it is you're just buying into the acceptance thats its ok to believe biased opinions.
Anti capitalistic literature? Really. Whatever you need to make yourself feel better chap... good luck with that.
Can you go to the gym and lift the weights without knowing how much weight you have on? Pretty much it makes no sense...
The same is with power-meter. If you try to use it, you can quickly see that training without makes no sense.
But sure, you can just go out and ride - that's what i do, but i still don't think that one who uses power-meter is weird. It's just his way of biking...
First was the 3 bike trunk mount "Bones" which was great at first until the rubber legs started scratching my car. So I did what many other people did...I put socks on the legs of the bike rack. Didn't exactly look nice nor did it work perfectly.
Second I bought the RS trunk rack. I thought this was going to be the ultimate in trunk mounted bike carrying systems. Unfortunately, the bottom hooks that are covered in rubber was destroying my cars bumper. The way my bikes frame is and how I have dual suspension make it tricky to get on the rack. It also ended up scratching and damaging my cables on my bike.
Third one and the one I currently own now is the Saris freedom mount. Which attaches to a hitch. I was done with trunk mounted racks. I thought for sure I would be trouble free. The good news is the trunk doesn't hurt my car whatsoever. However the the bike rack itself is damaging my frame. The bottom tube. The bottom tube sits on this gray rubber holder which was intended for thin round bottom tubes. My bottom tube isn't completely round more like fat and oval. This is causing the rubber holder to damage the bottom tube. Solution? I use a small hand towel to act a cushion. Tacky but works.
Saris, has FAILED and let me down 3x in a row. It will be the last time I ever invest in anything from them ever again.
I didn't know that the bottom tube holder was going to mess up my bottom tube. Anyways, I'm not rich and getting a hitch mount was $150 so I didn't want to go all out and get a nice Thule or Yakima....money is the issue.