[Yak] Re: Yak Digest, Vol 51, Issue 15
Wilbur Goltermann Jr
wilburg at me.com
Wed Sep 10 10:44:42 CDT 2008
I bought a Tikit in December 07 (didn't get delivery until March 2008
- I think), and had some initial difficulty getting it to work
properly (the rear swing arm wouldn't lock into place when unfolded).
The diagnosis of the problem took a bit more time than I would have
liked, and we tried a number of things which simply didn't work.
After a longer time period than I would have liked, the finally
replaced the bicycle about a year after it was delivered.
While I would have liked a more timely solution, I am more-or-less
satisfied with the final solution. I would also note that my BF
salesperson has always been fairly responsive to my needs.
I'm a bit dumbfounded by this thread, because it doesn't match my own
experience with BF on the two BF models I own.
My oldest BF is a SatRDay Mk II, and there were a number of design
issues which had to be fixed. Dave and Ian at BF worked very closely
with me to resolve these issues. Again, I would have liked more
timely solutions, but I went into the purchase of a brand-new design
expecting that there would be some things which were not quite right.
All-in-all, I'm pretty happy with the support I received.
If BF is, indeed, not standing behind the specific failure being
addressed in this thread, then something in their support process
needs to be modified. However, I have always found that addressing
the issues with BF as a "partner" in the solution, they have always
responded in a satisfactory fashion.
On Sep 10, 2008, at 9:10 AM, yak-request at bikefriday.com wrote:
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> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 09:59:49 -0400
> From: x <ulltraz at tvcconnect.net>
> Subject: [Yak] Failure of BF Service
> To: <Yak at bikefriday.com>
> Message-ID: <C4ED4B15.6872%ulltraz at tvcconnect.net>
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> Several years ago I wanted to do business with BF and get two custom
> from them. They built the first bike and then when it got to powder
> after months of waiting and out of the blue they decided they did
> not want
> to sell me the bike because they said they could not get the fade
> right (a
> standard offering) and they sent my rather large deposit back. I
> was never
> so dumfounded or disappointed in my life. At this point as a
> business owner
> myself I realized that 1) there is a definite cult at this company,
> 2) I
> obviously did not fit the guidelines of this cult, 3) they do not
> want to
> deal with people who are technically knowledgeable because the poor
> craftsmanship of the bikes would be very disappointing to that
> customer and
> they are aware of this and 4) I agree that their handling of
> customers is
> poor especially if are the type to ask more advanced questions since
> they do
> no want to answer them. Therefore, if you like very good
> craftsmanship, you
> want some questions answered about how they do things to assure good
> craftsmanship and you are knowledgeable about how to achieve it then
> it is
> suggested that you do not get involved with a BF. I agree you
> should have
> simply been given a new bike.
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