I heard rumblings of this quite a while ago, but MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-Op) just launched their lineup of bikes. They range in price from $650 to $1,400, and run the gamut from cruiser to fixie, mountain to road. Currently there’s 14 bikes in their arsenal.

I’m unsure of how this is going to affect local bike shops lower-end sales, but to me getting (what appears to be) quality bikes out in front of a wider market is a good thing. I doubt that MEC will ever get into mid to high end bikes, and this seems like a nice “gateway drug” for those casual riders who may opt for the Walmart special instead.

My favorite (aesthetically, anyway) is the Skyway… Gotta love those baby blue rims ;-)

Anybody ridden these yet? I’d love some insight into actual ride and build quality.