Who cares if a factory is producing similar looking framesLot's of people believe it or not. What is important is the quality and quality control of the frame ( are they using the materials they say they are and how is the frame finished )How does the end user know for sure what materials are being used?. If the manufacturer is a high quality manufacturer using the highest quality materials and workmanship THE REAL QUESTION IS HOW DOES THE BIKE RIDE AND WHAT TYPE OF DURABILITY WILL IT HAVE.Along with why couldn't that same manufacturer make just as good a frame and sell it as a different, or cheaper brand or out the back door seeing as that it seems perfectly fine to all that are involved to do so? Whether or not someone can save a few hundred dollars on something else is immaterial to somone who can really ride or really wants to rideTry telling that to a young racer struggling to pay his bills+costs of cycling. Talent doesn't automatically come with a money is no object mentality. If you find the right fit and it is a quality frame, nothing else really matters.
If the factory uses a similar mold or even the same mold with lesser quality materials...WHO CARESHow do you know they're using lesser quality materials?. Again, the higher quality frame and experience is much more importantAgain, how did you decide on which was higher quality? Also, it's the same people building both bikes, so the experience doesn't differ.. Letting the factory make some marginal revenue when it didn't cost you half a million dollars to design a new bike is a fair trade offOK, but it also comes with the perception that the same frame can be had much cheaper which is a consequence from not protecting intellectual property.
My other point is that the right fit is also likely your best race fit no matter how high the head tubeor how many spacers are under your stem or whether or not your stem is flipped.
All that and I still can't figure out why I'd buy one. I'm not knocking them. I'm sure they're just as lovely as everything else, but I don't know where they fit into the market, and what separates them from whatever else they're competing with, so why would I choose one? Problem is that all of the Franco threads turn into "why you shouldn't not
buy a Franco rather than why you should
" thread, or "thats just another open mold bike" thread(because visually that is
what it looks like).
Julian came here and defended himself and his brand very well, and I for one believe him I have no reason not to, but the fact remains that those bikes scream cheap chinese open mold frame which as stated above I believe comes with not protecting intellectual property. Interestingly enough thats one of a few reasons were starting to see some manufacturers come back to the states, because it's so difficult and expensive to try and convince people that two nearly identical things are not nearly identical no matter what the price tag (or marketing) says.