The real difference between mass and artisan produced frames isn't in the quality of the frame - it's in the exclusivity of the brand name.
You need to put the word "some" in front of "mass" and "artisan"...
The word "overwhelmingly" would be more accurate. I have a problem with NAHBS too. Like the Velonews writer, like a very small minority here who see the reality of NAHBS hidden xenophobia and yes, racism at this show. And it falls on the show promoter, Don Walker. I am going to call it like it is.
At this year's NAHBS, something smells very rotten. Parlee has one frame in his lineup which is mass-produced in Asia. Crumpton has one frame in his line which is mass-produced in Italy. Of course, both would have been allowed to display their custom frames. However, Parlee was told not to display his mass-produced Asian frame at NAHBS and was given no legitimate reason why. Crumpton was allowed to display his mass-produced Italian frame at NAHBS. When asked about this at the show, Walker stated that he wasn't going to allow any mass-produced "Chinese crap" at his show
. Period. We were stunned. This is from the same man who posted on a forum years ago that he was organizing a competition between a American framebuilder vs. a Chinese factory worker at NAHBS to show everybody how much superior American framebuilders are. That side-show competition never came to fruition.
No one wants to admit it. There is bigotry and ignorance in the cycling industry. At all levels. Even at NAHBS.
And you know this how? Or are you making it up?
The show is the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, it is bound to be Americentric. But the other issue is that the vast majority of Chinese manufacturers are not about building to a quality first and a price second, rather they are about building to a cost first and pure craftsmanship is not a consideration. That's not to say quality is low, far from it. The integrity of a Giant frame is beyond reproach. As for the Parlee/Crumpton issue, I wonder if the problem with Parlee's bike was not where it was made but how it was made. The Z5 is a monocoque so no different to a Trek, Specialized or Giant, whereas the Corsa Team is still a tube to tube construction. Effectively the Corsa Team is closer to a regular Crumpton that the Z5 can ever how to be to a Parlee.
The fact that the Best In Show & the President's Choice went to an Asian builder torpedoes your argument that the show is racist.
Basically you need two things, to ride your bike more and most importantly get laid man!