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I'm living in Brazil where top-end mountain bikes are very expensive, due to high import tariffs. I'd like to know which country has the cheapest top-end mountain bikes? top-end would mean a bike which can handle a race and is light, not necessarily carbon-fiber.

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Would you be willing to fetch it yourself? Because if you just try and import it, the same tariffs will apply to you, too... –  Pekka 웃 Aug 25 '10 at 20:02
    
The intention is for me to grab it myself, it's preferred either way so I can actually test the equipment for buying it. –  Johan Dahlin Aug 25 '10 at 20:18
    
Johan, I have the same question. I travel quite a bit, and would love to pick up a high-end Specialized Epic or Santa Cruz, if I can find one cheaper in another country. Did you ever find a good option for this? –  user1828 Jul 18 '11 at 14:29
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The factories that make these bikes are mostly in China and Taiwan, I've been told (by my boss when I worked in a bicycle shop).

If you're going there, maybe you can find a nearby retail outlet.

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The mexican top-end mountain bikes Alubike, have cheapest bikes than Trek, Specialized, Giant, etc... (http://www.alubike.com.mx/catalogo2009/index.html Montaña = Mountain), you can get one for $500 USD aprox.

Update: http://www.alubike.com.mx/Alubike2011/

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Certainly from places like Performance Bike you can get respectable mountain bikes starting at around 500USD. (Of course, you can also get a bike there for 7500USD.) –  Daniel R Hicks Jul 18 '11 at 17:40
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Note that it may be that some countries, particularly in Europe, have subsidized prices for bicycles, or, at the very least, artificially low import tariffs. (I don't personally know of any, however.)

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