Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - WELCOME - Adam Aubrey, Edi­tor

There has been an alarm­ing rate of so called “OEM Bikes” flood­ing our mar­ket re­cently, and to us this is very bad news for the Malaysian cy­cling scene. OEM is widely known as an ab­bre­vi­a­tion of Orig­i­nal Equip­ment Man­u­fac­turer which is usu­ally a prod­uct man­u­fac­tured by com­pa­nies which have been li­censed to do so by the cre­ators of the prod­uct.

It is most com­monly seen in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. In the bi­cy­cle world, OEM parts do ex­ist, but as far as we know when it comes to whole bikes or bike frames, these so-called “OEM Bikes” have no cred­i­ble man­u­fac­tur­ers back­ing them up. The prob­lem starts when peo­ple can’t tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween an orig­i­nal and the OEM ver­sion. Whilst some sell­ers out there will be hon­est about what these bikes are, some might take ad­van­tage and charge a higher amount for them. A great ex­am­ple was when some­one told us they grabbed a big brand bike for such a cheap price, just to find out later that it wasn’t even the real thing. Nat­u­rally, this caused the per­son heart­break and prob­a­bly robbed them of a good start to an ex­cit­ing sport.

We say pur­chase a bike from a rep­utable com­pany, or be ex­tra vig­i­lant when pur­chas­ing from a com­pany you do not know. Apart from that, we are also proud to bring you our first moun­tain bike cover which ac­com­pa­nies our thrilling moun­tain bike of the year fea­ture. We also bring you all the reg­u­lar favourites in our New Kit sec­tion, fea­tur­ing a hy­draulic groupset and a pair of cool Oak­ley sun­glasses, as well as a big Marin bikes fea­ture in City Slick­ers on Page 54.

Till then, be vig­i­lant and have a safe ride.

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