bones wrote:I once saw an episode on the Jerry Springer show where the head of the KKK claimed to have black friends. So no. The fact that the Best in Show award this year went to an Asian builder does not mean jack.
You actually think that validates your extremist rantings? I'd keep quiet about watching that tripe!
And how do I know about the Parlee snub? I was there. Don't give me some BS about how Parlee's method of constructing his mass-produced carbon frame was different than Crumpton's method of producing his own mass-produced carbon frame. That's just a cop-out. Parlee's mass-produced frame was made in Asia. Crumpton's mass produced frame was made in Italy. This same sheet has been going on for ages. In the deep south, landlords used to discriminate against blacks by making up all sorts of non-sense. It was difficult in the 60s, 70s, even today in some parts for blacks, hispanics, and other minorities to be able to rent when they are discriminated on the basis of race, but the landlord would claim another excuse.
The way a frame is constructed is important in deciding if it is truly handmade or not. Monocoque is far less skills intensive a wrapped joint constructed frame. The other thing you're ignoring is the criteria of volume. Parlee may be relatively small compared to Trek etc but they are probably one of the largest producers at NAHMBS. Crumpton is far smaller being one guy, so is far from being out of step with being what NAHMBS is about.
You seem to have an almost pathological inability to see degrees of anything. It has to be wrong or right, patriotism is xenophobia or racism. You also shoot yourself in the foot by not researching your facts thoroughly. Why not try debating rationally rather than pontificating inanely? Then we might actually take you seriously.