Thanks Tyler. Given Firefly's attention to process and detail I wouldn't have expected otherwise.
I'm looking forward to it also!
Having said that, I think everyone who is waiting on a custom frame wants progress to be made on building it. Sorry if you've got a problem with that.
No problems with any question. No worries one way or the other. Ask them here or ask them directly via phone or email. Either way we'll do our best to answer.
It was a valid question anyway. I know a lot of builders that get themselves into serious pickles with projects that go way over their capacity to deliver. I feel like NAHBS puts a lot of builders in a bad place every year, way worse than most self generated marketing strategies. I would rather pick my own path than pile on with others, although I really love the community surrounding NAHBS, until it makes sense to do it, we won't. For now we will focus our efforts on things that we can control and grow in a reasonable and tangible way. Like an adventure team, for instance.
Stay tuned for the team's launch :: end of March.
To elaborate on the question and why I asked it.
- It was a process question, not a gripe. I was an avid follower of the thread about the process of acquiring, refitting and building out the current Firefly location and an admirer or not only what they did but how they did it. Aside from the fact that I think the bikes are cool, that thread has a lot to do with why I'm in the queue for a Firefly.
- I put the "selfish mode" quotes in the OP mostly as a joke. From a process point of view, it's interesting to me how a small outfit like Firefly or any other small framebuilder balances marketing, developing new products and just doing things that get their juices flowing against the process of delivering to customers. It's a tough balance to strike and as Tyler alluded to above, it's pretty easy to get wrong.
- As I said in the OP, I think the Adventure project is cool. Even if Tyler had replied by saying they made room for the adventure bikes by bumping customer bikes I'd have been OK with that.
- Based on everything I've read about Firefly and my personal experience thus far, if there had been any impact on customer orders by taking on the Adventure project I'd have expected the Firefly guys to reach out to their customers and let them know. Those guys are solid.
- Finally, I've given Firefly about the strongest vote of confidence any of us can give: a deposit for a bike.
So relax everybody, it was just a simple question.
The Firefly Adventure Team website is LIVE!!!
Check it out here :: XXX
Bicisport Magazine. It might seem unrelevant for you as Firefly is well known and many times published, but believe me that here in Spain is not that common, and most magazines would keep focused on the mainstream all well known mass production brands, so seeing one of your jewells is pretty nice and it might be hope for all of us damn spaniards!
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