MEC has started selling bikes. As Canada’s largest outdoor retail operation [similar, but much smaller than REI] MEC has a lot of muscle power getting products to Canadians. At first glance the bikes they are offering seem like decent machines at reasonable prices. At the same time nothing much has jumped out at me as being particularly amazing. Having said that I’m happy to see that more folks will be exposed to some decent bikes. It can’t hurt.
Interestingly I spoke to the manager of a small high end bike shop a few blocks from MEC and they were optimistic that bike shoppers would be drawn to the area by MEC, but may end up buying nicer rides from shops like theirs.
I’m busy getting ready to head to Baja so I won’t have time to check these bikes out in more detail until early 2010.