Yes I guess I did to get my jersey but the sad part of the story is that you can enter only one frame number ;-) ...
John I am now helping Klaus from Rabbit in Germany to sell some bikes here so far this year since september 2011 when I started having a little time for this 14 frames placed.
But to go further and have a true business establish here I really think that we need to develop the image of Moots. People who are buying those bikes want more than a piece of equipment as nice it could be.
Each time it tools me a while to place a frame a lot of talk and customers became friends after that. Later you need to be consistent if not they rightly feel betrayed. I have no problem with that as bicycles are my life line. I have a personal story with them beyond pure sport experience.
It is something customers are asking for, they want to be recognized for theirs choices, If not you will keep going back and forth and selling frame one at a time with no consistency. France is a small market, a niche in a niche.
Passoni has one dealer, Seven now has one dealer to who is handling 90% of the sale. Both are doing a good consistent business. We can do better. Moots make better bikes and we can out-behave them on many aspect.
More as a mechanical engineer I like looking at how things are made and why, as you I could talk about bikes and theirs usages for ever, all bikes all riders style.
I would like to develop a Club in France and in Europe (I have connection beyond France) to keep everybody together. America is too far away for many and only few are speaking english well enough.
I would also want to translate your catalog in French and in Spanish (another language i speak with a bit of Mandarin Mt Ventoux might appeal to Chinese one day).
Thank you for your interest in my project.
I would like to do something in line with you, and I will only do if you are ok with this. I am fully open to share everything with you and to think of it with you. I have no intend to make something for myself be sure.
Later I plan to open a little boutique shop as a Moots only boutique shop. In fall I am moving to the bottom of Mt Ventoux a great place for riders.
PS: We met once but you certainly do not remember me it was a the Sea Otter 2004, a French man with a Sola at that time, my MootoX RSL is just as good if no better. Love it.