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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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.
The Mexican top-end mountain bikes Alubike, have cheaper bikes than Trek, Specialized, Giant, etc ... you can get one for $500 USD approx.
Note that Montaña = Mountain
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.)